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Thomas Rawls averaged 4.2 yards per carry last season and was Michigan’s top rusher besides Robinson and Toussaint.

3. WHEN CAN RYAN RETURN?: Another health-related item. Standout linebacker Jake Ryan went down in March with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He’s hoping to be back in October, and the Wolverines would certainly welcome that. If Ryan can return on schedule, Michigan should still have plenty to play for with him in the lineup. The Wolverines play at Michigan State on Nov. 2.

4. LEWAN’S LINEMATES: Michigan gave up a conference-low 15 sacks last season, but the Wolverines have only two returning starters on the offensive line _ Lewan and Michael Schofield. Can the men up front protect Gardner and give the Michigan backs room to run? “Obviously everyone’s going to question when a senior leaves, that stuff is going to happen but these guys are working so hard and they’ve done some really good things,” Lewan said. “The biggest thing we have now is we have depth. We have five, six guys that are really vying for that spot and all of them are capable of playing Big Ten football _ it’s just who is going to step up and pull themselves apart from the rest of the team.”

5. HOKE AT HOME: In two seasons as Michigan’s coach, Hoke still hasn’t lost a home game. With so many of this year’s biggest games being played in Ann Arbor, simply keeping that streak alive may be enough for the Wolverines to ensure themselves a special season.

Predicted finish in the Big Ten Legends Division: First.