Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Roundtree's knee surgery adds to a bad month for Michigan

It hasn’t been a great month for the Michigan football team.
Already with two players suspended, head coach Brady Hoke revealed on Sunday, at the team’s Media Day, that receiver Roy Roundtree had arthroscopic knee surgery this past Friday.
While Roundtree is only expected to be out a few weeks, the surgery still raises a red flag and could be something that lingers into the season. Considering he is just 6-foot-0, 177 pounds, Roundtree relies on his quickness and his cutting ability to get open.
If you take Roundtree out of the equation, the Wolverines are in a very similar position to Michigan State when it comes to experience at receiver.
Aside from Andrew Maxwell at quarterback, the biggest question mark for MSU this season is the inexperienced receivers.
That is starting to become an issue with the Wolverines.
Jeremy Gallon is the leading returning receiver for Michigan from last year, but he had just 453 yards.
Roundtree took a step back in 2011 compared to his 2010 season (953 yards to 355 yards), but he is expected to be relied on as the playmaker for this group now that Junior Hemingway is gone.
Maxwell needs his receivers more than Robinson, because Robinson is considered the play maker for Michigan, while Maxwell needs to rely on his guys to make plays.
However, Robinson will need some receivers to step up at times, mainly Roundtree, since he is the experienced senior in the group.
Time will tell just how severe this knee injury is, but the Wolverines have to have some anxiety about Roundtree’s status.

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