Michigan Wolverines: Mark Huyge

Michigan spring wrap

May, 11, 2012
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Michigan

2011 overall record: 11-2

2011 conference record: 6-2 (2nd, Legends Division)

Returning starters

Offense: 6; defense: 8; kicker/punter: 2

Top returners

QB Denard Robinson; RB Fitzgerald Toussaint; WR Roy Roundtree; WR Jeremy Gallon; LT Taylor Lewan; RT Michael Schofield; DE Craig Roh; LB Jake Ryan; LB Kenny Demens; LB Desmond Morgan; CB J.T. Floyd; CB Blake Countess; S Thomas Gordon; S Jordan Kovacs.

Key losses

WR Junior Hemingway; WR Darryl Stonum; WR/KR Martavious Odoms; TE Kevin Koger; C David Molk; RT Mark Huyge; DT Mike Martin; DE/DT Ryan Van Bergen; DT Will Heininger.

2011 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Denard Robinson* (1,176 yards)

Passing: Denard Robinson* (2,173 yards)

Receiving: Junior Hemingway (699 yards)

Tackles: Kenny Demens* (94)

Sacks: Ryan Van Bergen (5.5)

Interceptions: Courtney Avery* and J.T. Floyd* (2)

Spring answers

1. Quarterback accuracy: Denard Robinson played one series in the public spring scrimmage, but coaches raved about his improved leadership, decision-making and accuracy throughout the spring. The latter two were major issues for Michigan last season. While it is unknown whether Robinson will truly be more accurate until Sept. 1 against Alabama -- Michigan closed all of its practices to the media this spring -- offensive coordinator Al Borges was very confident in Robinson’s potential for his senior season.

2. Cornerback has depth:
Two seasons ago, cornerback was the biggest question on Michigan’s team because of youth, inexperience and a lack of talent. That is no longer an issue. The Wolverines have as many as six players they could feel comfortable with come the fall, and that doesn’t include incoming freshman Terry Richardson (Detroit/Cass Tech), the highest-ranked player in Michigan's incoming signing class. Sophomore Blake Countess could turn into a star, and fifth-year senior J.T. Floyd is the most consistent corner the Wolverines have. They’ll be the likely starters.

3. A featured back is set: Borges made no hesitation: Redshirt junior Fitzgerald Toussaint is going into the fall as his top tailback -- a marked change from what the Wolverines endured last spring and through the first half of last season. Toussaint rushed for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns last season, giving Michigan a dynamic dual running game with Robinson. With major questions at wide receiver and tight end, expect a lot of running from Toussaint and Robinson, especially early in the season.

Fall questions

1. Who is catching the ball: Michigan’s coaches spoke highly of Jeremy Gallon, Jerald Robinson and Roy Roundtree during the spring as their top three receivers, but Robinson has never caught a pass, Gallon has had one season of consistent productivity, and Roundtree saw his numbers plummet last season, where he had 19 catches for 355 yards. Tight end isn’t much better, as the position group has two career catches. Denard Robinson’s two best safety valves -- Junior Hemingway and Kevin Koger -- graduated so even if Denard Robinson is improved, he might need to hunt to find a reliable receiver option. Incoming freshman Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) could be an option at tight end.

2. Who is pressuring the quarterback: Michigan took its biggest hits on the defensive line, which saw three starters graduate -- Mike Martin was a third-round draft pick, Ryan Van Bergen signed a free agent contract and Will Heininger graduated -- and its fourth starter, Craig Roh, switch positions. Michigan insists it’ll be OK there. Will Campbell and converted end Jibreel Black will likely start inside, and either sophomore Brennen Beyer or sophomore Frank Clark will start at rush end. The success of Michigan’s defense last season relied on pressure the front four created. With an almost completely new group there, how they fare against opponents will be interesting to see.

3. Punting problems: Somewhere along the way last season, Will Hagerup lost his mojo, much like kicker Brendan Gibbons the year before. A strong-legged punter, Hagerup wasn’t connecting with the ball well and eventually lost his job to freshman Matt Wile. Now entering his junior year, Michigan hopes either Hagerup regains his form or Wile becomes more consistent. The Wolverines’ offense should be fairly prolific, but with a defense searching for pressure early on, it needs to be able to control field position with the punter.
The three-day NFL Draft came and went over the weekend with few surprises for Michigan players. Three players -- Mike Martin, David Molk and Junior Hemingway -- were drafted.

Many more were not.

The three players drafted equaled the 2010 NFL Draft, which had Brandon Graham go in the first round, Zoltan Mesko in the fifth round and Stevie Brown in the seventh.

In this year’s draft, Martin went to Tennessee in the third round, while Molk and Hemingway were selected in the seventh round by San Diego and Kansas City, respectively.

Hemingway, the last Michigan player taken, joins Steve Breaston as a wide receiver in Kansas City.

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WolverineNation mailbag 

March, 28, 2012
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Jeremy GallonRick Osentoski/US PresswireIf Denard Robinson and Jeremy Gallon can establish the chemistry that Robinson had with Junior Hemingway this past season, Michigan's passing offense will benefit greatly.

There hasn’t been a lot going on in Michigan sports. Basketball is done. Hockey is done. Spring football is underway, but we really won’t know what that looks like until the Spring Game on April 14.

So since very little is going on in Michigan sports, we can look at what’s going on in Ann Arbor. In recent news, it got kind of cold this week (well, not cold, just March-like), but I had Girl Scout cookies delivered to my house. I would consider that breaking even, though I believe Tom VanHaaren would consider it an automatic win (cookies trump weather for Tom). Mike doesn’t eat cookies, so he would be pretty disgruntled all around.
There still isn't much depth, but Michigan is in a better spot than it has been in a while when it comes to the offensive line.

After a season when the Wolverines had two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in decades, not only does Michigan return its skill position players who accomplished the feat, it returns a good portion of the offensive line that helped them get there.

And that experience and cohesiveness can only continue throughout the spring. Yes, Michigan loses David Molk -- more on that in another post -- but the rest of the offensive line is going to be OK.

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Loss Impact: OL Mark Huyge 

February, 13, 2012
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Paired with our 'Exit Interview' series, Loss Impact looks at each departing starter/rotation player to assess how much his loss will mean to Michigan next season.

Previous Loss Impacts: DL Will Heininger, TE Kevin Koger, WR Martavious Odoms, DT Mike Martin

Mark Huyge spent most of his last three seasons at Michigan bouncing around the offensive line, being a utility starter of sorts, playing left and right tackle as well as right guard. The versatility offered as well as the steadiness with which he played made him a valuable asset for the Wolverines.

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Question of the Week: Biggest Fear 

January, 30, 2012
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Welcome back to our new feature "Question of the Week."

The concept is simple. Each week we will ask pretty much everyone we chat with whatever the question of the week is. Then, every Monday, we'll post the best answers we got from the mix of people we chat with throughout the course of a week.

Want to submit your own question for consideration? Do so here in The Den.

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Quick hits from Brady Hoke presser

December, 16, 2011
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Michigan coach Brady Hoke spoke for about 20 minutes on Friday at noon, touching on a number of topics as the Wolverines continue to prepare to face Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Michigan hasn't practiced much yet -- that'll start heavily this weekend -- but here's the important parts of what Hoke had to say, in convenient bullet form.

Speaking of that practice schedule: Seven practices in Ann Arbor starting Friday night and going through next Friday before Michigan heads to New Orleans. Then, Michigan will have a meeting post-practice Friday before reconvening in New Orleans on Dec. 28. Players will either be flown to New Orleans from their homes or if they are close by, they'll go on the charter.

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