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January 1, 2012
Koger likes a few to step up in 2012
Michigan tight end Kevin Koger's career is winding down, with only two days remaining until he's no longer a U-M football player. He and center David Molk consoled each other a bit on the sad reality Sunday, vowing to make the most of their last few days as Wolverines.
The program will be in good shape after he leaves, Koger insisted, and he'll be tuned in.
"I'll be watching every game," Koger said. "I feel so invested in the program and the university itself. I feel like I have no choice but to watch every game."
Koger named a few he liked to step up into more prominent roles in 2012:
Rawls has been much better with his decision making, he added.
"He's not running into as many people running the ball as he did when he first got here, from that aspect," Koger said. "You see that from younger backs - they don't see the holes as well as the other guys."
"He's been great for the defense," Koger said. "He's embraced what happened and grown from it.
"They talk all the time about how great a look he gives them on defense. I was talking to [cornerback] J.T. Floyd yesterday or two days ago about how he got beat a couple times by Stonum. We've got a lot of guys giving great looks."
"We got a lot of good sleep, so it's for the better," Koger said with a smile.
Koger and Steve Watson watched the fireworks from a reflection in a window.
"We were on the wrong side of the hotel," he said. "But I was getting Happy New Year texts at 11:00 from people back home. I forgot about the time difference. I was asleep a little after 12."
"The amount of risks they take," he said. "They blitz a lot of guys and move a lot of guys around. It kind of reminds me of Michigan State how they blitzed up the middle. They love bringing the corner blitz from the boundary, so we have to be ready for that."