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Taylor Lewan The Michigan Wolverines launch fall camp on Monday, August 6th, and will square off against Alabama in just 26 days. There is much to be accomplished between now and the game against the Crimson Tide, which will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. One of the top priorities will be to establish some depth along the offensive and defensive lines. Personnel wise, the Wolverines were a little thin in the trenches during spring practice. As a result, a highly touted freshmen class will have an opportunity to fill in some key spots on both lines. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a true freshmen start on the offensive line. The underpinning of any team coached by Brady Hoke is the defensive line. Hoke broke in as a D-line coach, as did Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison. So it should come as no surprise that last season, the defensive line improved by leaps and bounds. The resurgent line sparked the rise of the Wolverines overall defense. Year two of the Brady Hoke era brings some much needed stability back to the Michigan Football program. In fact, it will be the first time that the seniors will run the same defense as they had the previous season. [You can follow me on Twitter @isportsRob] Another major theme associated with Coach Hoke is the emphasis placed on senior leadership. With that in mind, he took the senior class on a leadership retreat this summer. They trained with Navy SEALs, ran a youth football camp, and toured the Rose Bowl. This year’s team, otherwise known as Team 133, while not as deep as the teams in the coming years will be, has a strong group of leaders. Chief among them are Denard Robinson, Jordan Kovacs, and Taylor Lewan. That trio was selected by the coaches to represent Michigan at Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago. On the field, Robinson is the ring leader, Kovacs will quarterback the defense and Lewan will anchor the offensive line. One unpleasant note as the Wolverines begin fall camp is the suspensions of Fitz Toussaint and Frank Clark. Both players were arrested this off season and their status for the Alabama game is uncertain. Toussaint was Michigan’s leading rusher last season and Clark is a budding star on defense. Related articles Michigan Football: 5 Questions and 5 Observations Michigan Wolverines 2012 Quickview Michigan Football’s All-Time 10 Best Defensive Linemen

Fall practice primer

The season opener against Alabama is 26 days away, but today Michigan begins its final preparations as Team 133 hits the field for fall camp. Freshmen reported on Saturday and veterans on Sunday as the team takes the field today for the first of 29 practices. With 15 returning starters most starting spots are locked up, but some questions undoubtedly remain to be answered over the...

Hoke gives no timeline for Toussaint's return

Michigan started preseason practice without suspended players Fitz Toussaint and Frank Clark, and with coach Brady Hoke giving no hint on when either would return. Toussaint, the starting tailback, was arrested for drunken driving. Clark, a defensive end, was charged with second-degree home invasion. Hoke announced Monday both will remain off the field for the indefinitely. The...

Denard Robinson embracing leadership role

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Roy Roundtree couldn't believe his ears Monday afternoon. It was the voice of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, and the wide receiver could hear it all over the practice field. "Denard's really picked it up," Roundtree said after Michigan's first fall practice. "He's a lot more vocal than he has been in the past. You can actually...

Big Tentacles: Illinois vs. Northwestern, Iowa, and Brady Hoke.

A few quick hits today. Expect a bigger BT tomorrow (I hope). From the "you care more about this more than we do" dept. Rodger Sherman mocks Illinois's attempts to make its instate rivalry against Northwestern more meaningful than it actually is. (Sippin' on Purple) Falling to Black.  Iowa gives its 2012 season the title "Enter the Black."...

Hoke: Wolverines Off to Crisp Start (Video)

Brady Hoke met with members of the media Monday to discuss to recap the opening of fall camp. The Wolverines' second year headman discussed Michael Schofield's move to tackle, Brennen Beyer's development, Will Campbell's maturation, Thomas Rawls, Jake Ryan, and much much more. (with video)

Michigan Wolverines’ Taylor Lewan: next big OL NFL Prospect

The Big Ten has been great at producing offensive linemen prospects for he NFL lately. The Wisconsin Badgers are a factory, but there’s also been a bunch in the few year coming out from the Illinois Fighting Illini, Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. Who’s the next Jake Long? Maybe Michigan junior left tackle Taylor Lewan. Part of what makes these o linemen from the...

Big Ten Football Preview: Michigan Wolverines

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES Last Season: 11-2, 6-2 Big Ten. Finished second in Legends Division. Coach: Brady Hoke, second year. Career FBS Record: 58-52. Starters Returning: 13 – Offense 6, Defense 7. On Jan. 11, 2011, Brady Hoke was named the 19th head coach in University of Michigan football history, even...
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