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WolverineNation Roundtable 

January, 17, 2013
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Every Thursday, the WolverineNation writers sit down and discuss three of the most important topics in Michigan sports for the week. This week, they look at a returning offensive lineman, the basketball team’s first loss and the 2013 recruiting class.

1) How or where will the Wolverines benefit the most with Taylor Lewan staying for his final season? Chantel Jennings: The quarterback position. Devin Gardner would’ve had a much rougher year if he had an inexperienced and young left tackle protecting his blind side. Now, he has the probable frontrunner for the Outland Trophy. Had it been a young player as a starter, Gardner would’ve been sacked and hit much more, in which case we would’ve seen more Russell Bellomy, Jack Kennedy or Shane Morris, who also would’ve been protected by a young left tackle.

Tom VanHaaren: There are a lot of ways that Lewan coming back helps. It obviously means one fewer question mark along the offensive line. Having Lewan back means the left tackle spot is solidified, which will obviously help in the pass and run game. More importantly, it might help for the future. His return means that Michigan doesn't have to insert a redshirt freshman or move Michael Schofield over. It gives the younger linemen more time to develop and learn under Lewan.

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

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