April 14, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (16) passes the ball during the Michigan Spring game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan Football Fall Camp: Denard Robinson, Jordan Kovacs Named Captains

Michigan's captains for the 2012 football season will be Denard Robinson and Jordan Kovacs.

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Michigan Football: Nick Saban Says Denard Robinson Is Most 'Significant' Opponent Since Cam Newton

Denard Robinson has earned plenty of praise over the past two seasons, but perhaps the highest compliment came from the coach Robinson will play against on Saturday: Alabama's Nick Saban.

Saban said Monday that Robinson might be the best quarterback the Crimson Tide have faced since 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton.

From the Detroit Free Press:

The Alabama coach - and former Michigan State coach - began his weekly press conference Monday by saying that Robinson was "as significant a player as we've played against maybe since Cam Newton in terms of the quarterback position."

In 2010, the dual-threat Newton relied on his arm more than his legs as Auburn staged a comeback win and went on to win the national championship.

The Wolverines have a tough challenge, but count Saban as one person who wouldn't surprised by a monster game from Robinson.

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Michigan Football: Denard Robinson, Jordan Kovacs Voted Captains

Quarterback Denard Robinson and safety Jordan Kovacs have been voted captains of the 2012 Michigan Wolverines football team, the school announced on Sunday.

Related: Michigan Football Fall Camp: Jordan Kovacs Stars In Offseason

Both players were major contributors to the team in 2011. Kovacs finished second on the Wolverines in tackles with 75, including eight tackles for loss and four sacks. Robinson threw for 2,173 yards and 20 touchdowns and also led the Wolverines in rushing with 1,176 yards. It was the second year in a row that Robinson eclipsed 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing.

The Wolverines open up their 2012 season against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 1.

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Michigan Football Fall Camp: Jordan Kovacs Stars In Offseason

The Michigan Wolverines defense experienced a dramatic turnaround in the 2011 season under Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison, and one of the key players in that turnaround was safety Jordan Kovacs. Kovacs finished second on the team in tackles with 75 (eight for a loss) and added four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. According to Mattison, Kovacs has kept up that level of play heading into the 2012 season, tabbing him as the defensive star of camp.

"There's one that's always consistent and that's No. 32," Mattison said Friday after practice. "That young man has had a tremendous camp. You talk about consistency, if you graded every play I would like to see that grade because he's really working hard and he's been the most consistent.

(via Detroit Free Press)

A stellar senior season would be a perfect cap to a career that began with Kovacs walking on at Michigan.

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Roy Roundtree Injury: Michigan WR Practices On Thursday

Injured Michigan wide receiver Roy Roundtree practiced Thursday, according to Dave Revsine of The Big Ten Network:

Roundtree, heading into his senior season, had surgery on his knee on Aug. 12 and was scheduled to be out for two weeks. He's Michigan's top returning receiver. Roundtree played in 10 games last season, catching 19 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns. The previous season, he caught 72 passes for 936 yards and seven touchdowns. He has 123 receptions and 12 touchdowns in his career.

Roundtree is expected to be ready for Michigan's season opener Sept. 1 against Alabama.

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Michigan Football: Kaleb Ringer, Chris Bryant Out For Season With Injuries

The Michigan Wolverines suffered two more season-ending injuries Thursday. The school announced freshman linebacker Kaleb Ringer is out for the year after knee surgery and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Chris Bryant is out with a fractured tibia.

It's the latest blow for a 2012 preseason camp that has already seen the loss of one freshman, when defensive end Chris Wormley tore his ACL last week in practice.

Ringer is a 6'1, 230-pound linebacker who was a three-star recruit that came to the Wolverines from Clayton, Ohio. He missed four games his senior season at Northmont High with an injury. Bryant is a 6'4, 318-pound offensive lineman who redshirted last season for the Sugar Bowl champions.

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Michigan Football: Elliott Mealer On Track To Win Starting Job At Left Guard

Senior left guard Elliott Mealer appears to be gaining a grasp on the starting left guard job on the offensive line for the Michigan Wolverines, according to reports.

Mealer has been a reserve offensive lineman and special teams contributor throughout his career at Michigan, but it appears coach Brady Hoke is ready to put all of Mealer's experience to work in a starting role. Michigan camp opened up with an open competition for the left guard spot with redshirt sophomore Joey Burzynski and five-star freshman Kyle Kalis fighting for the spot with Mealer.

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Michigan Football To Practice At Ford Field On Wednesday

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke revealed in his press conference on Tuesday that the Wolverines will shift practice to Ford Field in Detroit on Wednesday with an eye toward their season-opening game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on September 1st.

While Michigan is used to playing in big venues, the expected atmosphere in Cowboys Stadium will be an intense way for the Wolverines to kick off the season. The state-of-the-art football stadium has all of the bells and whistles to enhance the experience for fans including a monstrous scoreboard hanging over the field.

Add to that two rabid fan bases filled with hope and high expectations and the environment will be electric which is why Hoke wants to create a little sample chaos at Ford Field to prepare his team for the unique setting.

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Michigan Football: Roy Roundtree Expected To Play Vs. Alabama

Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree is expected to be good to go for the Wolverines' opener against Alabama on Sept. 1, head coach Brady Hoke said Thursday afternoon.

Roundtree has his knee scoped on Aug. 10 after injuring it in practice. He is Michigan's most-experienced receiver this season, recording 19 catches for 355 yards and two touchdowns as a junior last year.

From the Detroit Free Press:

"I think (the chances) are good," Hoke said after U-M's 14th practice of preseason camp. "He's with the rehab specialists every day, and we communicate."

Hoke wouldn't give specifics about what threshold Roundtree must meet, other than having the doctors clear him, but teammates said last weekend they expected he would recover in time.

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Michigan Football Player Taken By Ambulance For Spinal Injury

A Michigan Wolverines football player reportedly suffered a spinal injury Friday morning.

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Michigan Football's Chris Wormley Tears ACL

Michigan freshman defensive end Chris Wormley tore his ACL in practice today, ending his season before it began. Sam Webb, of Scout.com and the Detroit News, broke the report over Twitter:

Kyle Meinke of AnnArbor.com confirmed the report with Michigan a few minutes later.

Wormley is a four-star defensive end from Toledo's Whitmer High School who committed to Michigan last July. 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, it was expected that he could contribute in some capacity to the defensive line rotation this fall. He will now have to wait another year, in all likelihood, to make an impact in Ann Arbor.

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Michigan Football: Fitzgerald Toussaint Looks Like Himself In Return To Practice

Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint was suspended indefinitely following a July 21 drunk driving arrest. That suspension caused the player to miss a week of practice, but the back looked good on Monday when he returned to the team.

Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press reports that Toussaint will have to compete for a starting job this year, but has not visibly been affected by his missed week.

"He's looked good. Fitz is Fitz," offensive coordinator Al Borges said today, after Toussaint returned from his suspension Monday. "He hasn't looked any different. He's in great shape; he does what he does. He looks like Fitz to me, no more, no less."

Certainly Wolverines fans can breathe a sigh of relief that things are beginning to return to normal. It remains to be seen what will happen at Toussaint's arraignment hearing on Aug. 28.

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Michigan WR Roy Roundtree Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, To Return In 2 Weeks

Michigan's leading returning receiver Roy Roundtree had successful arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Friday according to head coach Brady Hoke, and should be back on the practice field at the end of August barring a setback:

Roundtree remains in line to open the season against Alabama on September 1, but may only be able to practice for a handful of days before being thrust into action. Expected to once again serve as the No. 1 pass-catching weapon in quarterback Denard Robinson's offensive arsenal, Roundtree reportedly felt fine after Friday's procedure.

"Everything went great, and he feels great," Hoke told ESPN.com's Michel Rothstein. "It's one of those things he didn't do it practicing. Just needed to get it done and felt it a little bit walking back to the huddle."

With uncertainty surrounding the statuses of Michigan players Fitzgerald Toussaint and Frank Clark for the Alabama game after a pair of offseason arrests, the Wolverines will surely need to hope that Roundtree is fully healthy and capable of being at his best against a stout Crimson Tide secondary.

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Michigan Football's Fitzgerald Toussaint, Frank Clark To Practice Monday

Suspended by the team after a pair of off-the-field incidents this summer, Michigan football players Fitzgerald Toussaint and Frank Clark were both officially cleared to practice by head coach Brady Hoke during Sunday's media day.

While Hoke has yet to announce specific punishments for each player leading up to Michigan's Sept. 1 opener against Alabama, this news was the next logical step for the program to get out of the way as the season draws closer. Toussaint, projected as not only Michigan's starting tailback but one of the most dynamic runners in the Big Ten, was picked up for drunken driving in July, while Clark is being accused of second-degree home invasion stemming from a dorm room laptop theft.

Although it's clear that both guys will be needed in a big way against Nick Saban's dangerous Alabama squad in order for Michigan to pull out a win, Hoke is expected to levee at least a moderate slap on the wrist for such a pivotal game. How the two players conduct themselves in the coming days could very well determine how long they each sit out on Sept. 1, so it's important for the program as a whole to know both guys will be back at practice on Monday.

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Michigan Wolverines Football Camp: DT Will Campbell Ready To Make Up For Lost Time

Facing what amounts to his last chance to live up to high expectations coming out of high school, Michigan defensive tackle Will Campbell to focus on what his team as inspiration to prepare for a larger role on the Wolverines' defense in his senior season.

In an effort to make up for lost time, Campbell went to work this summer losing several pounds of useless weight around his middle while becoming a more vocal leader among his teammates as they work toward the start of the season. According to this report from Brad Galli, Campbell reported to camp on Monday at a fit 310 pounds after watching his diet and giving up his beloved sweets.

Campbell was pushed by a former teammate, Mike Martin now blazing a path Campbell would like to follow with the Tennessee Titans in the NFL. Whatever the inspiration for Campbell, coach Brady Hoke really likes what he sees.

"What was driving me? Of course, Mike Martin. Third round draft pick left some big shoes to fill. I've talked to him about his training camp, what he's doing. He told me what I have to do."

If Campbell's offseason is seemingly immeasurable, perhaps Brady Hoke provides enough insight into what he sees in his "new" lineman. Asked if he expects Campbell to have a special year, Hoke, usually reserved with his predictions, gave his endorsement.

"I'd be surprised if he didn't because of his work ethic, his toughness, and his leadership."

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Michigan Wolverines Football Training Camp: Denard Robinson Emerging As Leader

The Michigan Wolverines opened their training camp on Monday and it appears a new version of Denard Robinson showed up.

This Robinson, a senior, is more vocal on the field, embracing a leadership role, via Dave Hogg of Fox Sports Detroit:

"Denard's really picked it up," [Roy] Roundtree said after Michigan's first fall practice. "He's a lot more vocal than he has been in the past. You can actually hear him now."

"I think we've seen Denard step up as a leader since the spring," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday. "His maturity level is high, and even though we are just one day in, he did a really nice job today of getting the offense where it needed to be, and calling plays in the huddle. There's more confidence this year."

It's a continuation of what was first seen at Big Ten Media Days last week, when Robinson delivered a heartfelt speech about his family and his journey to U-M.

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Michigan Football Opens Fall Camp With 'Chippy' Practice

Fall practice is underway for the Michigan Wolverines, which are getting ready for their season-opening game against Alabama.

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