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WolverineNation mailbag

10/10/2012
Dennis Wierzbicki/US Presswire

Michigan football started its Big Ten season with a bang. The basketball team starts practice Friday. And recruiting is, well, recruiting is an all-day, every-day type of thing. But there's a ton to talk about in the realm of Michigan sports, so let's get to it.

We love hearing from our readers so make sure you keep sending mailbag questions in. Next week, Mike will be taking care of it though, so tweet your questions to him at @mikerothstein or email him at michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com.

Now, on to our questions…

1.) Jeffrey G., Saline, Mich: If Fitzgerald Toussaint doesn't get going soon, how long can Michigan keep winning?

A: That's a really good question. A big key to the Wolverines winning this season will be the non-Denard run game. They have quite a few games coming up against teams that stopped Denard Robinson last year, so they'll know how to do it this year, too. Personnel might have changed, but the approach probably won't. Against Michigan State, Robinson gained only 42 yards. Against Nebraska, he picked up only 83 yards. And against Ohio State, Robinson rushed for 170 yards, but I assume Urban Meyer will have some sort of defense planned for that this year. Having a tandem of possible running threats is so, so important, and the Wolverines have stressed it a lot this year. Personally, I don't see how Michigan can win the Big Ten title (or even get to the championship game for that matter) if Robinson continues to be the only player who rushes well.