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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
WolverineNation Mailbag

By Chantel Jennings

Jehu Chesson, Amara Darboh
Can incoming freshmen Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh help the receiving corps in 2012?
We're just over a month away from the start of fall football camp and just over two months away from kickoff against Alabama. But the freshman football players have arrived on campus so the season is one step closer.

I'm sure the football questions are just stirring because of it, and lucky for you, I answer three this week. We love hearing from our readers so keep sending in questions to or tweet me at @ChantelJennings.

But for now, let's get to this week’s questions.

Carl Pogoncheff via Twitter: Are there any updates on the WR position both currently on the team and potential recruits? A: Because we haven't talked to the coaches during the offseason, I can't give a definitive answer on what's going on with the wide receivers on the team. However, with Roy Roundtree getting the No. 21 legacy jersey, I think we can safely say that he'll be the featured receiver on the team this season. Outside of that, I think you have a big mix of players who could get playing time depending on how they step up. I think Jeremy Jackson, Jerald Robinson and Jeremy Gallon could all see some snaps, and don’t count out freshmen Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson. The Wolverines definitely have the depth, but it'll be interesting to see how much progress they make.

And as far as recruiting goes, I believe the coaching staff will try to take another top receiver in the 2013 class. Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) are both still on the board, and Michigan is pursuing both pretty hard. In the 2014 class, I was really impressed with both Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) during camp last week. Both were offered, and you can tell why: They're the bigger, more physical kind of receivers the Wolverines are targeting.

Jay Sarkar via Twitter: How much of an effect does a win or a loss against 'Bama define the football team's 2012 season?

A: I'm not sure how much a single game can define a season (outside of a bowl game), and the Wolverines are definitely not treating the season opener like a bowl game. Like any other game, they'll fly down on Friday and go through walk throughs and have team meetings like normal. Don't get me wrong, it's a big stage and there's a lot of hype. A win could give Michigan a lot of momentum, but I don't think a loss will derail the season. And at the end of the day, win or lose, it's great for recruiting. High school players see those types of games and think to themselves, "I want to play in that!"

Loren M., Jackson, Michigan: How do you see Kyle Kalis fitting in on the team? Should we expect him to play?

A: Of all the freshman linemen (defensive and offensive), I think Kalis might have the best chance to see the field during a game. The offensive line has some holes (as does the defensive), and Kalis is coming in to Ann Arbor in really great shape. He's hungry, driven and thrives on competition. He has the physical attributes to play. And Kalis already has a good relationship with Taylor Lewan, and I think that mentorship will really help him progress with the mental game. With that combination, I think he could be a contributor this season.