Your mega guide to the Michigan football team's spring game
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WEATHER UPDATE: Game on: Michigan will play spring game at Michigan Stadium
WHAT: 2012 Michigan football spring game (spring roster)
WHERE: Michigan Stadium
WHEN: Noon, Saturday
OTHER EVENTS: Alumni flag football game at 10 a.m. (rosters), Michigan-Ohio State lacrosse game at 2:30 p.m.
LIVE COVERAGE: Join the AnnArbor.com live chat on our Michigan football home page beginning at 11:30 a.m.
ADMISSION: Free, but donations will be accepted for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital with giveaways at the following levels:
$5: Magnet replica of spring game patch worn by players.
$10: 'This is Michigan' rally towel and spring game magnet.
$15: "I Wore 21" book about Desmond Howard.
$20: 'Hail to the Little Victors' baseball cap.
$250: Four passes to a preseason football practice.
$500: Brady Hoke-autographed helmet and four passes to a preseason football practice.
PARKING: Limited spots in university-owned lots near the stadium are free and open to the public. Pioneer High School lot is $20 for cars and $80 for RVs. Shuttles will run from the Briarwood Mall parking lot, on the south side of Sears, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
TRAFFIC: Stadium Boulevard is closed from Kipke Drive to South Industrial due to bridge construction. Expect delays. Visit annarborbridges.org for detour maps.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: TV: Big Ten Network; Radio: Michigan Radio Network (affiliates) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WTKA 1050-AM in Ann Arbor from 9:30 a.m. to conclusion of the lacrosse game.
Because of tenuous depth, especially on the offensive and defensive lines, the spring "game" that kicks off at noon at Michigan Stadium won't be much of a game. Instead, the Wolverines are expected to do drills and situational work (such as 2-minute drills, red zone reps, etc.). Points will be tallied in some fashion.
Who will be this year's breakout player? It's difficult to say right now, since Michigan, unlike most schools, has closed off each of its spring practices to the media. But Kyle Meinke lists five names to watch based on comments from coaches and players.
Brady Hoke expects banged-up linebacker Kenny Demens to participate Saturday. The only player ruled out is defensive lineman Nathan Brink. Entrenched starters such as Taylor Lewan and Fitz Toussaint will see limited time.
The Wolverines' senior quarterback has been known for his effervescent smile since he first stepped foot on campus as an 18-year-old country kid from Deerfield Beach, Fla. Four years later, the shy Robinson is trying to mold himself into a team leader. That means knowing when to wipe away that smile and kick someone in the rear.
Earlier this week, coach Brady Hoke said he's not happy with what he's seen form his lines. "On either side, it's not very good right now, I can tell you that," Hoke said. "I think the kids are working, I think they're coming in here with energy and all those things, but I think the expectation level, how physical we want to be as a football team, I would say we're not where we need to be."
Prior to the start of spring camp, Michigan football beat writer Kyle Meinke provided an eight-part series previewing each of the Michigan football team's position groups:
Day 2: Quarterbacks
Day 3: Offensive line
Day 4: Tailbacks/fullbacks
Day 5: Linebackers
Day 6: Defensive backs
Day 7: Defensive line
Day 8: Specialists