Weight: 180 lbs.
High school: Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Redshirt senior
Jersey number: #21
Last year: I ranked Roundtree #11 and said he would have 850 yards and 7 touchdowns. He had 19 receptions for 355 yards (18.7 yards per reception) and 2 touchdowns.
Boy, was I wrong about Roundtree last season. Coming off a stellar 2010 campaign, I thought he would start where he left off and continue his synchronous relationship with Denard Robinson. Instead, Roundtree failed to catch a pass in three games and averaged just 1.9 receptions per game in the ones where he actually caught a ball. He did make some nice plays, particularly against Notre Dame and Nebraska. But the adjustment from slot receiver in Rich Rodriguez's offense to split end in Al Borges's offense really took its toll, to the point where 5'8" slot/split end Jeremy Gallon caught 31 balls, twelve more than last year's returning leading receiver.
Roundtree makes yet another position move in 2012, this time to flanker. He replaces the departed Junior Hemingway, who had 34 catches and 699 yards. Hemingway was targeted more often than Roundtree, and now Roundtree will likely become the primary passing target. The flanker typically lines up on the same side of the field as a tight end or slot receiver, so there are more combination routes on that side of the field. With no obvious passing target from the tight end corps now that Kevin Koger has graduated, Roundtree might be targeted more often than Hemingway was. Unfortunately, Roundtree recently had arthroscopic surgery on his knee, which might get him off to a slow start this season. Freshman receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson could alleviate the loss of Roundtree, as could the emergence of redshirt sophomore Jerald Robinson, whom departing seniors guessed would have a breakout season in 2012. But Roundtree should be more polished this season and has more speed than Robinson, so hopefully he can come back from his minor knee surgery and make an impact early in the season.
Prediction: Starting wide receiver; 30 receptions, 500 yards, 4 touchdowns