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PICKING ROBINSON APART
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)–Did Wolverine’s senior quarterback Denard Robinson’s career-high four interception and fumble performance in the 13-6 loss to the Irish of Norte Dame destroy his opportunity to play in the NFL?
Did he cement his faith and define his ability not to play quarterback at the next level with his four consecutive interception in the first half.
Robinson, who has thrown at least one pick in 14 of his last 17 games, in fact, became Michigan’s career leader with 38 interceptions with his four interception debacle on Saturday, moving him “pass” career passing yards leader Chad Henne for first place all-time.
Despite this fact, Robinson’s heinous play against the Fightin’ Irish was still dumbfounding to most Michigan fans as well as to everyone in South Bend, Indiana.
Why? Because his last two meeting against Norte Dame, Robinson had more than 900 yards of offense and eight touchdowns in two dramatic victories.
Despite those two historic wins, Robinson, who has the nickname “Shoelace” due to playing the game with untied shoes, lived up to the name by amassing only 91 yards on 26 carries, while throwing for a miserable 138 yards while completing 13 out of 26 passes.
Ironically, Robinson’s 229 combined yards against ND, made him Michigan’s all-time yards gainer with 9,438, which moved him in front Chad Henne.
“In the 22 years I’ve been living, this is the most disappointed I’ve ever been in myself.”Robinson told reporters.
Even with Robinson’s struggling to lead the Wolverines in the end zone, Coach Hoke never considered replacing him with unproven backup quarterback Russell Bellomy.
THE TEBOW FACTOR
Here is where Tim Tebow’s name comes up in the conversation.
Despite Tebow winning two National Championships and a Heisman Trophy while at Florida, his quarterback skills are still subpar at best. Plus, he has yet to prove that he can throw the football with accuracy in the NFL.
Even though Robinson’s resume does not compare to Tebow, his throwing accuracy and footwork, which is shaky in the pocket, is similar to the Jets backup quarterback.
With that said, willl a NFL team take a gamble and draft Robinson and willingly give him an opportunity to play-quarterback like the Denver Broncos did with Tebow, especially with a league openly embracing the spread option offense.
Obvious, Robinson’s size will play a factor in that decision as well as his durability to take a hit after escaping out of the pocket like Tebow does quite offend.
While Robinson stands only 5’10 and weighs 190 lbs., he is much smaller than the bulky 6’4, 250 pound Tebow. But one has to ask the difficult question, whether Robinson is a better quarterback than Tebow.
DON’T FORGET HIS GREATNESS
Plus, no one can question his toughness and heart because he plays in the Big Ten, where as a sophomore in 2010, he set the single-season Division I FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback and became the only player in NCAA history to both pass and rush for 1,500 yards.
Robinson also broke the Big Ten Conference season record with 4,272 yards of total offense (2,570 yards passing and 1,702 yards rushing) and led the conference in rushing, while setting the Big Ten single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback and became the only player in NCAA Division I FBS history to both pass for 200 yards and rush for 200 yards in a regular season game three times.
Along with these impressive stats, as a junior in 2011, Robinson led a resurgent Michigan team to an 11–2 record and a victory over Virginia Tech in the 2012 Sugar Bowl.
Even though Robinson’s performance against Norte Dame was horrendous, he has nothing to be ashamed of, because his career at Michigan has been monumental.
And while he probably has ruined his opportunity to win the Heisman this year, his ability to play quarterback in the NFL is still to be determined.
Currently, the Wolverines are (2-2) with unimpressive victories over Air Force and Massachusetts, while getting routed by No.1 Alabama and losing to the Fighting Irish