Michigan Football: Fantasy Recap And Outlook
Everyone knew 2011 would be an adjustment for Denard Robinson and the Michigan offense. Not only would they be implementing an entirely new coaching staff, but would be totally switching gears from the wide open spread offense to a more conventional pro-style offense. The one constant that most figured would remain was that “Shoelace” would still be the focal point of the offense. New offensive coordinator Al Borges knew what he had in Robinson and was willing to adjust the offense to emphasize the QB’s strengths of running the football. Not only did Robinson stay true to form, but he had help. Well, that help came in the form of sophomore RB Fitzgerald Toussaint. Both Fitz and Shoelace ran for over 1,000 yards on the year and helped the Wolverines to an 11-2 record and a Sugar Bowl victory.
Biggest Surprise- Fitzgerald Toussaint, Sophomore Running Back
After an injury-riddled start to his career in Ann Arbor, Toussiant burst onto the scene to rush for just over 1,000 yards on the year. Toussaint isn’t the fastest back, nor is he the biggest, but the sophomore displayed excellent vision and some breakaway speed once he got into the open field. The position was a bit muddled to begin the season with three backs vying for starting spot, but Toussiant finished the season on a tear with nearly 600 yards rushing in the last 6 games.
Biggest Disappointment- Kevin Koger, Senior Tight End
It’s not that Koger had a bad season. 23 receptions and 4 touchdowns for a run-based offense are pretty reasonable for a tight end. The issue is that there were fairly high expectations for Koger coming into 2011. The tight end position was an integral part of Brady Hoke’s offense at San Diego State, and Koger is a possible NFL Draft pick with his size and good hands. It’s hard to blame the senior TE for the production, though, as his quarterbacks struggled on occasion to throw the football.
Both Fitzgerald Toussaint and Denard Robinson return, along with talented wide receivers Jeremy Gallon and Roy Roundtree. Suspended wideout Darryl Stonum could possibly return in 2012, but got in trouble with the law again so Michigan could be down a talented receiving option. Probably the biggest question will take place at tight end where Koger graduates and the possible replacement is up in the air at this point.