Kicker Gibbons becomes real weapon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The season started out well for Michigan's special teams, with a strong showing against Western Michigan, and throughout the season they came up big on the road and at Michigan Stadium.

Offensive and defensive players have walked into the postgame news conferences and praised the special teams.

"All special teams players take a lot of pride in that facet of the game," said junior safety Jordan Kovacs, a former special teams player. "A lot of those guys don't play on offense or defense, and that's their contribution to the game, and a handful are walk-ons that are excited to play in the Big House and wear that winged helmet."