Key to '12 -- No. 10 Brendan Gibbons

Brendan Gibbons became a dependable weapon last season and needs to continue on that path. Chuck Cook/US Presswire

Over the next two weeks, WolverineNation will break down the 10 players who need to play to the peak of their abilities for Michigan to have its best possible season, going from 10 all the way to No. 1.

Brendan Gibbons’ career at Michigan has gone from the very good -- making the game-winning field goal in overtime at the Allstate Sugar Bowl -- to the very bad -- losing his job his redshirt freshman season to walk-on Seth Broekhuizen. Now, the kicker entering his redshirt junior year at Michigan will enter his second season as the Wolverines’ full-time starter at the position, and is extremely integral to their success.

He might not be on the field only in fourth down or end-game situations, but he needs to prove his consistency again. After making only 1 of 5 field goals his redshirt freshman season in 2010, he made 13 of 17 field goals, including 6 of his final 7 last season. That would be a potential big points boost for a Michigan team with a rough schedule where points could be at a premium. Inside of 40 yards is where Gibbons needs to be almost perfect as well. Last season, he was 11 of 13 from inside of 40 yards.

Of course, Michigan would prefer he be on the sidelines for all but extra points this season because it would likely mean more touchdowns for the Wolverines, however with the schedule they are playing, making sure they pick up points in every possession they have a chance to score is critical.