Posted by Chip Patterson
Pat White was one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in college football across the last decade. His 4,480 yards rushing are the most of any quarterback in FBS history. Under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia, the dual-threat White set all kinds of school and conference records for total yards and finished as the first quarterback in college football history to start and win four bowl games.
While White is stepping away from football to join the Kansas City Royals baseball organization, his name has been brought in college football recently up as a comparison for Michigan's Denard Robinson. White was recently asked about Robinson, and like all of us, he is impressed.
"He's a beast, that's all you can say," White said Wednesday in a teleconference announcing his shift from pro football to a baseball career with the Kansas City Royals. "He's just doing amazing things out there."
"He obviously knows the position and looks like a hard runner and a good leader," White said. "He doesn't look afraid to run the ball or stick his nose in there."
Rich Rodriguez has had to live through two seasons of forcing his spread option on mostly-Lloyd Carr team before finally getting the pieces in place in 2010. Robinson showed flashes of potential in 2009, but was not ready to handle the starting duties. The sophomore looks more than comfortable with the offense in his hands. Against Notre Dame, 94% of Michigan's offensive plays ran directly through him, including every play of the winning drive in the final minutes.
Robinson's, who is already on the short list of Heisman hopefuls, first goal will be to return Michigan to the postseason, something that has not been accomplished in Ann Arbor yet under Rich Rod's tenure. With wins over Connecticut and Notre Dame, the Wolverines are off to a great start. As long as Robinson's legs keep moving, they will always have a chance.
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