Posted by Chip Patterson
Week in and week out, teams do their best to figure out a way to duplicate the athleticism and skill of Denard Robinson on their scout team. We are nine weeks into the football season, and still no one has picked up my suggestion of a jackrabbit with a jetpack, but that's their loss. Usually it is a backup wide receiver or defensive back playing Robinson, trying to mimic Michigan's potent offense that has burned opposing defenses for an average of 532 yards per game, good for second best in the nation.
Sitting well behind the competition with a 1-2 record in Big Ten play, Penn State cannot afford to fall short in any aspect of their preparation for Saturday's showdown with the Wolverines in Happy Valley. When outfitting Nittany Lions cornerback Evan Lewis as the scout team quarterback, Penn State spared no expense on the look. Lewis was doing his best impression of the speedy, evasive Robinson all week, wearing a wig with dreadlocks. Penn State linebacker Matt Mauti chucked about chasing down Penn State's version of the signature locks during Wednesday's teleconference.
"He does a real good job," Mauti said of Lewis. "He's a real good athlete. He gives us a real good look. This kid is shifty and he's making guys miss all week. Obviously, he's not going to have the blazing 10.2 100-meter speed (of Robinson), but he's shifty and he's making guys miss. I have to give the kid credit. He's been doing well all week, as he has all season on the scout team."
Evans may be doing his best job to mimic Denard, but Robinson is near impossible to duplicate. All the Nittany Lions can honestly hope to do is contain the superstar quarterback, and try and force him into making bad decisions with his arm. Robinson has thrown four interceptions in the last two games, both losses for the Wolverines.