Grades: Michigan's Fitz Toussaint gets on track in blowout, but Will Campbell still struggling
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan blasted a team that is was supposed to blast. Good job, guys.
But how did the Wolverines grade out? Fitz Toussaint didn't have a huge day, but did get on track. Denard Robinson had a huge day, but made a few errors
And the struggles of Roy Roundtree continue.
A look at how these guys did in the 63-13 win Saturday against overmatched UMass:
Fitz Toussaint: The junior tailback entered the game needing a breakout performance, after sitting out the opener via suspension and rushing eight times for just 7 yards against Air Force. His performance wasn't perfect against UMass -- finishing with 15 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown -- but developed some rhythm for the first time all year, and that was his objective heading into Notre Dame week. B+
Roy Roundtree: Eight players caught first-half passes, and the senior -- Michigan's supposed No. 1 receiver -- had none of them. Roundtree, who had just three catches for 17 yards in the first two games, finally got on the board with a 18-yard touchdown to open the second half. Roundtree levied some terrific blocks, but at some point, he has to pull his weight in the passing game. Robinson also has to do a better job of keying on him, as Roundtree (who finished with catches) was open a few times but Robinson looked away. C-
Taylor Lewan: Michigan's prized left tackle has called the offensive line "embarrassing" and "disappointing" at various points in the young season. It was much better against UMass, with Lewan spearheading that effort. Pass protect remained strong, but there also were holes for the backs. Lewan stayed out of penalty trouble -- and even scored his first career touchdown on a fumble by Robinson. A
Will Campbell, Quinton Washington: Where were they? They were nonfactors inside, and replaced for extensive stretches by Craig Roh and Jibreel Black (with a linebacker playing strong-side end and Frank Clark at the other end). Campbell even was getting pushed off the ball. He finished with two tackles, and Washington had one. Getting production from the tackles is Michigan's top concern heading into Notre Dame. C-
Frank Clark: The sophomore again was the bright spot up front. He was disruptive, frequently applying pressure and making life generally miserable for UMass quarterback Mike Wegzyn -- which is what a lineman is supposed to do. But others aren't getting the job done, so Clark's play stands out. A-
Denard Robinson: He passed Tom Brady and Jim Harbaugh in career yardage, now ranking fourth in school history. He was 16-of-24 passing for 291 yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed 10 times for 106 yards and another touchdown before leaving in the fourth quarter. Big day. Yet, he wasn't particularly accurate, threw a pick-six -- his second in three games -- and could have had another interception in the second half against an inferior team. A-