5 storylines: Illinois at Michigan 

October, 11, 2012
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Each Thursday, WolverineNation will take a look at five storylines for the Wolverines heading into Saturday's game. Here are the storylines for Michigan as it returns home to face Illinois.

1.) Get the non-Denard run game going. This will continue being a storyline until Fitzgerald Toussaint returns to form. He’s the Wolverines’ No. 1 running back, but he hasn’t looked like it this season. Quarterback Denard Robinson can’t take the majority of the rushes for this team the deeper it gets into the conference season. Toussaint needs to step up and hit a few holes and alleviate the pressure for Robinson. This game is a great opportunity. And considering the Wolverines are next looking at the best rushing defense in the league (Michigan State), now might be a good time to get the ball rolling/rushing.

2.) Pressure the quarterback. The defensive line has looked much improved since playing Alabama, but it still isn’t getting enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks with the four-man rush. The Wolverines shouldn’t have to blitz every single time in order to get bodies to the quarterback, but so far, that has kind of been the story. If Michigan can get more pressure up front, the linebackers will be able to make big plays without leaving so many holes in the field.
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