Each week WolverineNation will update how Michigan players mentioned on preseason award watch lists fared in their most recent game. Here's the update after Michigan's blowout win over U-Mass:
QB Denard Robinson, Sr. (Camp, Maxwell, O'Brien): The senior threw for three touchdowns and completed 16 of 24 passes with one interception. Yes, it was against UMass, but for a player who's trying to gain recognition in the air, throwing for 300 yards is one way to do that. On top of that, he rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown. He's definitely boosting his stat line right now, but the quality of opposition is about to change. He'll stay in the conversation for these awards if those numbers don't change too dramatically when the opponents do.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, RS Jr. (Maxwell, Walker): Toussaint's 87 yards and one touchdown run were the first flash we've really seen out of the redshirt junior. But he still seems a bit of a skeleton of what the coaches said he'd be. He's not completely out of the running, but it'd have to be one heck of a Notre Dame game and Big Ten season to really have his name brought up.
WR Roy Roundtree Sr. (Biletnikoff): Roundtree accounted for two catches and a touchdown against the Minutemen. That’s not going to cut it. And the fact that his performance was an improvement from the first two games is disappointing. There are far too many players on the Biletnikoff list who are playing well to believe Roundtree is a contender.
LB Kenny Demens, RS Jr. (Lombardi): Demens accounted for two tackles before being pulled for the second-stringers. It's pretty hard to rack up stats from the sideline, but he needs to make sure that he’s still racking up those stats when he's on the field, because he doesn't exactly have a Lombardi finalist's resume at this point.
S Jordan Kovacs, RS Sr. (Nagurski): Kovacs accounted for six tackles against UMass. He has the potential and during the rest of the season, if he plays up to that level, he can still be on the list. But as of now, it doesn't look too likely.
LT Taylor Lewan, RS Jr. (Lombardi, Outland): There probably aren't many other players up for either award who accounted for a touchdown this weekend. But Lewan did. And against UMass he protected Robinson's blind side well, but the bigger test will come next weekend against Notre Dame. Lewan is still in the discussion, but like so many other players on Michigan's team, it depends on what he does in Big Ten play.
K Brendan Gibbons, RS Jr. (Groza): Gibbons was 8-of-8 on PATs. But once Michigan has to start settling for field goals, we'll see if Gibbons can stay in contention.