Key to 2012: No. 3 Roy Roundtree
August, 29, 2012
By Chantel Jennings | ESPN.com
Rick Osentoski/US PresswireWide receiver Roy Roundtree is banking on a bounce-back season as a senior.Over the next two weeks, WolverineNation will break down the 10 players who need to play to the peak of their abilities for Michigan to have its best possible season, going from 10 all the way to No. 1.
Senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree has had an up-and-down career at Michigan. During his sophomore season he caught 72 passes. With expectations sky-high for his junior season, he caught 19. For most it would've been considered disappointing, but Roundtree said it never got to him. He was still an Allstate Sugar Bowl champion. Now, as a senior, coming off what was the worst drop between seasons for passes caught in school history, he has been given the No. 21 Desmond Howard legacy uniform. Coaches are expecting a lot out of the senior, while everyone else is interested to see what happens.
Roundtree has the most experience with senior quarterback Denard Robinson and by moving to flanker -- the most prominent receiver position in Al Borges' offense -- the lights will be on Roundtree. If he performs to the peak of his abilities and his arthroscopic knee surgery is nothing but an afterthought, the Wolverines will be poised to have a pretty potent air attack. He's a big target and defenses know he can catch passes, so coverage will be tight. If he doesn't play up to his abilities, the Wolverines will be forced to move to receiver/quarterback/athlete Devin Gardner, who has caught just one pass in his career. Past that, Michigan would have to turn to Jerald Robinson (no receptions), Jeremy Jackson (seven catches) or true freshman Amara Darboh.
For Robinson to be able to take advantage of other teams with his feet, he'll have to throw the ball well. And throwing the ball well means someone on the other end must catch it. More likely than not, that target will be Roundtree. But now, the waiting begins to see if he can hold down the position or not.
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