Name: Roy Roundtree
Weight: 177 lbs.
High school: Trotwood-Madison High School in Trotwood, OH
Position: Slot receiver/wide receiver
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #12
Last year: I ranked Roundtree #9 and said he would start at slot receiver, catch 60 passes for 900 yards, and score 8 touchdowns. He had 72 catches for 935 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Going into last season, I thought Roundtree was going to continue where he left off at the end of 2009, when he turned into Tate Forcier’s favorite target. And he did. From his slot receiver position, Roundtree led the team in receptions, yardage, and touchdowns. While he was wide open fairly often due to quarterback Denard Robinson’s run fakes, the things that made him so effective were his route running and his sneaky quickness. The kid has been less than 180 pounds for his entire career, but he knows how to get open and he makes people miss after the catch. Roundtree isn’t a typical Rich Rodriguez slot receiver because he’s not 5’8″ and doesn’t have instantaneous acceleration, but while it looks like he’ll be easy to take down, he now has four receptions of 70+ yards in his career. For comparison’s sake, consider that Braylon Edwards, Marquise Walker, David Terrell, Derrick Alexander, Desmond Howard, and Anthony Carter had three career receptions of 70+ yards . . . combined.
Now that it’s 2011 and a new offense has come to Ann Arbor, I’m expecting a plateau for Roundtree. The year-long suspension of Darryl Stonum means that Michigan needs Roundtree on the outside, where the mismatches won’t be quite so apparent. He won’t be able to get open quite so easily against cornerbacks as he was against linebackers and safeties. Additionally, I don’t think the new offense will be quite so friendly to Denard Robinson, who might struggle with a pro-style offense. The team will run plenty of spread formations, but unless Roundtree moves into the slot when they go to the spread, the likely beneficiaries will be slot receivers like Martavious Odoms and Jeremy Gallon.
Prediction: Starting wide receiver; 65 receptions, 850 yards, 7 touchdowns
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