Michigan Wolverines: Darryl Stonum

Those who left: The 2008, 2009 classes 

November, 15, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan’s 2008 and 2009 classes saw a massive amount of shift during their time in Ann Arbor, from the coaching staff to the members of their team.

Here’s a quick look at the 20 players from those classes who did not finish their eligibility with Michigan and, in many cases, where they ended up.

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Andrew Weber/US PresswireDarryl Stonum was dismissed from the U-M football team in 2011.
Class of 2008:
Brady HokeAndrew Weber/US PresswireBrady Hoke is sending a message by keeping Fitz Toussaint and Frank Clark out of practice.
Brady Hoke took a stand during the first practice of this Michigan football season Monday, but it had nothing to do with who was on the field for the Wolverines.

It had everything to do with who was off it.

By sitting Fitzgerald Toussaint and Frank Clark on Monday and not giving a definitive timetable for their return, Hoke is sending a message to everyone else on his roster. Doesn’t matter who you are, if you find yourself with serious legal issues, you aren’t going to practice or play.

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Michigan spring wrap

May, 11, 2012
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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.
Brendan GibbonsChuck Cook/US PresswireBrendan Gibbons' Sugar Bowl performance solidified his spot as Michigan's No. 1 kicker.
For the past few seasons, Michigan has been searching for a good kicker. It had also been hoping that Will Hagerup would be a suitable replacement for Zoltan Mesko, now with the New England Patriots.

And it had to try and solve a return game that never really got much traction.

Well, two of those problems have been solved. The third is still being worked on as Michigan enters the spring.

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They were two receivers hampered by scheme switches and injuries, but the departures of Junior Hemingway and Martavious Odoms from Michigan will hurt more than most people realize.

Hemingway was the big target with great timing and jumping ability who would often bail out quarterback Denard Robinson. Odoms was the sure-handed receiver with some speed who ended up being the Wolverines' best return man.

Then there's Darryl Stonum, who was supposed to lead this group. Instead, he's off the team following another violation of team rules.

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How Michigan will use Dennis Norfleet 

February, 9, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- He was a last-minute decision, a quick-trigger addition to a class that looked mostly full. Yet running back Dennis Norfleet (Detroit/Martin Luther King) might be one of Michigan’s most important overall additions.

While Norfleet doesn’t fit the style of running back Michigan is attempting to recruit -- big, bruising backs with speed -- he does serve another key role. When the Wolverines dismissed Darryl Stonum for violations of team rules in January, Michigan was left with a big hole in the return game.

It is a role Norfleet could slip into almost immediately.

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WolverineNation Roundtable 

February, 9, 2012
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1. Which special teams player do you think will help the most in the Wolverines' return game?

Michael Rothstein: Someone who isn't even on campus yet -- Dennis Norfleet (Detroit/Martin Luther King). Michigan really started to show interest in him once Darryl Stonum was dismissed from the team -- and Stonum was slated to be the Wolverines' top returner next season. So if Norfleet can come on campus and show the same speed and elusiveness he did in high school, he could end up being Michigan's quickest, most unexpected, contributor on special teams in 2012.

Tom VanHaaren: I think Jeremy Gallon probably helps out the most, but it really seems like new signee Norfleet can bring a lot of speed on special teams. If he can bulk up a little bit and keep that speed then I think he has a chance to be electric back there.

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Loss impact: WR Martavious Odoms 

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With our Exit Interviews series, we will look at each starter/main rotation player and assess how much his loss will mean to Michigan next season.

Previous 'Loss Impact:' DL Will Heininger; TE Kevin Koger

Martavious Odoms played early at Michigan and often, finishing with 94 catches for 1,087 yards and five touchdowns, his yardage good for 28th all-time among Wolverines.

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Rewind on the 2008 recruiting class 

January, 19, 2012
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Kenny DemensLon Horwedel/Icon SMIKenny Demens may not have been in the ESPNU 150 when he signed with Michigan, but he has started the last two seasons at middle linebacker, leading the Wolverines in tackles this past season.

It was a year of transition at Michigan. Lloyd Carr retired. Rich Rodriguez was hired. And as with any coaching change, recruiting will shift.

Four years later, however, how did that Michigan recruiting class fare?

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Since Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges arrived at Michigan with plans for a pro-style offense that would emphasize throwing to outside receivers instead of slot receivers like former coach Rich Rodriguez's system, two receivers were likely going to benefit the most: Junior Hemingway and Darryl Stonum.

Now, after Hemingway's graduation and Stonum's dismissal from Michigan on Tuesday for violation of team rules, the Wolverines will have neither of them.

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This series will look at five players who played either a little or not at all during this Michigan football season but who will be, by the time the end of next season rolls around, names you know.

No. 5 -- Chris Bryant
No. 4 -- Josh Furman
No. 3 -- Thomas Rawls

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NEW ORLEANS -- Sitting in the back of the Michigan locker room a week ago after the 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, junior receiver Roy Roundtree reflected for a bit.

He glanced to one side, where he saw cornerback J.T. Floyd and and receiver Jeremy Gallon celebrating. And he knew what he was wearing on his head -- a Sugar Bowl champions hat.

But he also understood what is next. That next season will be his last -- and that he has something to prove.

"Ten wins. Winning the Big Ten, that's our goal," Roundtree said. "I feel like I always have something to prove. Each year I want to get better and next year coming up, my senior year, I'm going to come in the off-season, really give it my all and it'll show when we play Alabama the first game."

More and more, Michigan is going to need its former top receiver to regain his form. The Wolverines lose Junior Hemingway to graduation, and the player who many believed would take Hemingway's spot, fifth-year senior Darryl Stonum, is an unknown after being jailed for 10 days for violation of his probation last week stemming from a 2011 drunk driving arrest.

When the Michigan offense changed, Roundtree's production plummeted -- yet he still believes he improved this season. He has heard the questions about his actual productivity and dismisses them.

While Roundtree believes he improved -- and he did become a better blocker this season -- the Sugar Bowl played out like much of his 2011 season did. He was targeted a handful of times. He made one catch for 10 yards and had a chance to catch a touchdown but dropped an underthrown ball in double coverage where he leaped over a Virginia Tech defender to even get his hands on it.

It finished a season in which he caught 19 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns -- well below his 72-catch, 935-yard, 7-touchdown season in 2010.

"I feel I played well this year, better than I played last year even though the numbers don't even show it," Roundtree said. "Just won the Sugar Bowl, which is an A-plus in my career. I have been through some terrible seasons and I kept fighting, everyone kept fighting."

Still, it was an adjustment to go from a spread to pro-style offense, and Roundtree understood that. It's why next season, when he and his quarterback, Denard Robinson, have another spring and summer to work on things together, Roundtree could come back to form in his final year as a Wolverine.

Michigan Roundtable 

January, 5, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 2011 Michigan football season has ended with a result many didn't expect at the beginning of the season. The Wolverines celebrated late into the night in New Orleans on Tuesday after beating Virginia Tech, 23-20, in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines men's basketball team has a big week ahead, facing ranked teams in critical early conference matchups. The WolverineNation staff discusses those topics and more in this week's roundtable.

1) What player surprised you the most during Michigan's overtime win over Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl?

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