Michigan hosted its 2012 Spring Game on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. A few thoughts as Michigan's spring ends and the team breaks until fall camp.
Spring Game Observations
- After reading practices reports that saw both the offense and the defense each taking turns "winning the day," Saturday was the defense's day. Starting quarterback Denard Robinson saw just one series in the scrimmage, and the Michigan offense could muster no points on that drive.
- Thomas Rawls is a hard runner. Scoring both of the Wolverines touchdowns in the scrimmage, Rawls plowed over back up safety Jarrod Wilson on his way to the end zone for the games first touchdown. He then later punched it in down on the goaline.
- Joey Burzynski will compete for the starting spot at LG. Burzynski started with the 1's, a move that could be part of Al Borges plan to feature players that were more of an unknown coming into the fall, but he didn't look out of place next to Taylor Lewan.
- Wide receivers could be a question mark. As expected, the loss of Junior Hemingway was noticed today. None of the receivers appeared to generate any separation except for one Gardner to Gallon completion. Coach Hoke addressed the situation, highlighting the strides that Roy Roundtree has made in the offseason working with tennis balls to catch with his hands and not his body.
- Center/QB exchanges need to be cleaned up. Not shocking that losing an All-American at center might make the position a noticeable weak spot heading into fall camp.
- Quarterback play was inconsistent. Denard Robinson didn't play enough to settle into a groove, and Devin Gardner was shaky at best in the pocket for the offense. He moved the ball with his legs a few times, but struggled throwing the ball -- including a pick on a questionable decision pass to Jeremy Jackson.
- Matt Wile boomed a 42-yard FG right down the middle that looked like it would have been good from 55. Brendan Gibbons pushed one wide from the right hash mark on a try from inside 25-yards.
- Defense looked like the linemen were adjusting to new positions. A big concern is the size of the line, but the summer should provide the players an opportunity to add some bulk.
- The linebacker unit saw lots of competition with players rotating in and out. Bolden got a lot of snaps with the Demens thumb injury, and Brandon Hawthorne made some plays in his time on the field. Mike Jones, Cam Gordon and Jake Ryan also looked good. Desmond Morgan got banged up early.
- Blake Countess looked good in coverage and made a good break on the ball for an interception. J.T. Floyd looked good as well, but neither of the CB's were tested very much.
- Safeties were not tested much.
Spring Game Observations
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