Each week WolverineNation will update how Michigan players mentioned on preseason award watch lists fared in their most recent game. The Wolverines played their most complete game in a 45-0 rout of Illinois, according to Michigan coach Brady Hoke. But how did individual players look? Here's an update of where watch list players stand:
QB Denard Robinson, Sr. (Camp, Maxwell, O'Brien): Robinson looked solid against the Fighting Illini. For the second game in a row he didn't throw an interception, made good decisions and avoided big hits down field after lengthy runs. He ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Not a bad day by anyone's standards. But, can Robinson do it against Michigan State? Nebraska? Ohio State? Those will be the games that determine where he ends up on all these watch lists.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, RS Jr. (Maxwell, Walker): It was definitely Toussaint's best performance of the season, even though he ran for just 62 yards and one touchdown. His slow start has all but taken him off these watch lists, but a strong finish and a possible Big Ten championship game could add to his resume.
WR Roy Roundtree, Sr. (Biletnikoff): One catch (though, it was a beaut). But really, one catch.
S Jordan Kovacs, RS Sr. (Nagurski): Kovacs made two tackles. The secondary has been solid and the Michigan defense is allowing just 17.5 points per game this season, good enough for 23rd in the nation. The secondary has been a part of that, but Kovacs' stats don't really show that he's a big part. Should be interesting come cut time.
LT Taylor Lewan, RS Jr. (Outland): The Michigan run game finally got going a bit. The offensive line opened up holes not only for Robinson but also for Toussaint, as well as Thomas Rawls and Justice Hayes. Michigan rushed for 353 yards, more than 100 yards over its season average. And Lewan helped to keep Robinson's blind side safe. The quarterback wasn’t sacked and had enough time in the pocket to make sound decisions. Lewan and the rest of the line make Robinson look good, according to Robinson. And Lewan says Robinson makes the line look good. Either way, Lewan is looking good.
K Brendan Gibbons, RS Jr. (Groza): Michigan, for the most part, was able to do whatever it wanted offensively, Gibbons made his only field-goal attempt and was 6-of-6 on PATs.