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Denard Robinson, WR

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Deerfield Beach, FL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 199 lbs.
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04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: Slot WR: Denard Robinson, Michigan, 5-11, 199, 4.34...With the proliferation of three and four receiver sets in today's NFL, scouts are looking for unique athletes to play the slot. Robinson's speed and elusiveness were put on display at quarterback for the Wolverines but it is his toughness and dedication which impress me most. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan Pro Day: Representatives from 29 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Michigan, where 14 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf. Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach Scott Turner, San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach Fred Graves and Jacksonville Jaguars running backs coach Terry Richardson were among the notable NFL attendees.

Denard Robinson, WR (5-foot-10 3/8, 199 pounds) - Robinson was the only player from Michigan who participated at the NFL Scouting Combine. Robinson stood by his combine numbers (he did run an official time of 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash). At Michigan's pro day, Robinson worked out primarily as a running back and return specialist. His best NFL position might be running back - even if he worked out at receiver at the combine - as he can really make things happen when the ball is in his hands. It will be a coach's choice in the NFL for where Robinson ultimately lines up. Whichever team Robinson winds up with will need to have a plan in mind for him. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/16/2013 - 2013 Michigan Pro Day: The former Michigan quarterback worked at receiver, tailback and kick/punt returner during the event, and did not drop a pass from pro day quarterback Dan LeFevour (formerly of Central Michigan), nor did he drop a punt. That marks a significant improvement from the Senior Bowl just seven weeks ago. "I was definitely counting steps, and trying to get my cuts right and all that at the Senior Bowl," Robinson said. "I was thinking a lot." And now? "He don't count his steps no more," receiver Roy Roundtree said. "When he run his routes, you can see that he's getting in and out of his cuts and he's pretty confident in what he's running now."

The difference? Time, and elbow grease. While Robinson was scrutinized for his Senior Bowl performance, and some questioned whether another position might be best, he remained undeterred. He went back to Ann Arbor and worked out even harder, sometimes three times a day, and enlisted a private receivers coach. He caught punts every day, sometimes for as much as an hour at once. "Just catch, catch, catch, catch," he said. "Every day, 40 minutes to an hour. Every day until the kicker's leg gets tired."

Robinson went to the combine, and looked much improved. He didn't drop a pass in the gauntlet drill, the most important for a receiver, and earned draft projections ranging from the second to fourth rounds. - Kyle Meinke, Michigan Live

03/12/2013 - Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will be the cover athlete on NCAA Football 14, EA Sports has announced. Robinson emerged as the winner in a six-round vote that tallied over 5 million votes from college football fans across the country. Denard's competition in the finals was Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope, but even the Aggies faithful were unable to overcome Robinson's 250,000-plus votes in the final round. "I want to say thank you to all the fans at Michigan for getting behind me," Robinson said in a release. "Michigan has one of the best fan bases."

Both Robinson and Swope have been encouraging fans to vote through their Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as appearing on nationally syndicated radio and television shows to promote the contest. Former Heisman Trophy winner and NCAA Football cover athlete Desmond Howard helped push Robinson's campaign, as did teammate Roy Roundtree. The folks at EA Sports are expected to release more information about the new game in the coming weeks. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

02/23/2013 - Denard Robinson is embracing change, but he still feels like a quarterback. The 5-10, 180-pound dual-threat passer played wide receiver at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. In Indianapolis, he talked to suitors about trying his hand at cornerback, returner and even third-down running back. "They talked to me about it, just want to get the ball in my hands," he said. Robinson is "60 percent" recovered from a hand injury that could still require surgery. But on Sunday, he's planning to show he has one thing in abundance: speed.

Robinson, who said he fields hundreds of punts and is catching as many passes as he can to prepare for the combine and his pro day, infamously said he might be able to challenge Usain Bolt, the Jamaican Olympic sprinter who won gold in the 100 and 200 meters, in a 40-yard sprint. "You'll see tomorrow," he said. "I want to run something pretty fast." Even without a true position in the NFL, Robinson doesn't view himself as a gamble. "A lot of people gamble, don't you think?" Robinson said with a smile. "I think I'd be a pretty sure bet." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2013 - Top 10 most intriguing players at the combine: 9. Denard Robinson, Michigan, WR-RB-KR: One of the greatest players in the Wolverines' storied history is ready to move on to the NFL. Robinson should run in the 4.3s and has a strong enough frame to make you think he can be a factor as a slot receiver in the NFL. Some have worried about his hands, though. Those drills will be the ones that everyone is going to want to study in Indy. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/25/2013 - Scouts left the Senior Bowl on Wednesday after the final padded practices of the week, and their impressions of Michigan's Denard Robinson as a receiver were decidedly unfavorable. "Not good," one AFC scout told the Free Press. "I think he took himself from like the third, fourth round to like the sixth, seventh round."

Robinson practiced without restrictions for the first time Wednesday after being limited Monday and Tuesday by a nerve problem in his right elbow that left him unable to extend his pinky finger. He caught all six passes thrown his way during cone drills at the beginning of the workout, but had two drops in seven attempts while running routes, made just one catch in four attempts during one-on-one drills and didn't have a pass thrown his way in seven-on-seven or full team work, where he showed his inexperience running routes and getting off jams at the line of scrimmage.

In a special-teams period at the end of practice, Robinson misjudged several kickoffs. He struggled to field punts earlier in the week. "He's got to catch the ball a lot better," an NFC scout said. "I have no idea at this point what I would do. He's not a corner, he's an offensive skill guy, but where do you put him?" - Dave Birkett, The Detroit Free Press

01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Wide Receivers, Three down...1. Denard Robinson, Michigan. Robinson didn't look as fast as advertised. It might have been a case where he was thinking too much and that locked up his speed, which is excusable considering he used to be a quarterback. As it were, there wasn't a lot to like about him. He was slower, and either the same size or smaller than most of the receivers in the Senior Bowl. But it's obvious what kind of athleticism he has, so expect him to get picked in April as a guy who could develop into a role player. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, WEDNESDAY FALLER: WR Denard Robinson, Michigan (North Team)...For the first time all week, the yellow jersey was off and Robinson was ready for some contact drills on Wednesday. However, it was more of the same for the former Michigan quarterback as he battles the tough transition to receiver. Robinson appeared to fight the ball most of the day and lacked sharpness in his routes, two areas that need improving before he is ready for the NFL. He also needed help on where to line up pre-snap on several occasions, indicating just how raw he is at the position. Although he doesn't have ideal running back size, Robinson appears best suited as an all-around weapon in the backfield and elsewhere, not necessarily limited to receiver. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/2013 - One of the more intriguing storylines at this week's Senior Bowl is how smoothly former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson can make the transition to the wide receiver and returner positions. A day after dropping three of eight punts on the first day of practice in Mobile, Ala., Robinson dropped another at Tuesday morning's practice. Robinson indicated that it could take several repetitions for him to become accustomed to the spin applied by UCLA punter Jeff Locke. "I have to get used to the rotation of his ball," Robinson said. "When it comes off his foot, it kind of curves the other way."

At receiver, Robinson is working on becoming more precise with his route-running when executing double-moves. Raiders wide receivers' coach Ted Gilmore has been giving Robinson pointers on the route throughout the first two days of practice. "I just have to be relaxed with it," Robinson said. "You have to pretend you're coming out of the break and every time you have to run it at full speed."

Robinson is also getting advice from former teammates Roy Roundtree and Jeremy Gallon -- Michigan's top-two receivers in 2012. "They just told me to go out there, use your speed and make sure you come out of your breaks at full speed," Robinson said. "They [also] told me to come back to the ball." The Lions, Bucs, Redskins, Seahawks, Rams and Giants are among the teams that could be interested in a wide receiver with a mid to late-round pick. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

01/22/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tuesday: While Wheaton and Dobson certainly boosted their cause Tuesday, the same couldn't be said for Michigan's Denard Robinson, who struggled Tuesday in his attempt to prove he could make the transition from quarterback to receiver. As expected, Robinson showed less than ideal attention to detail as a route-runner. It was his struggles simply catching the ball, however, that was the real problem. Robinson caught only approximately half of the passes thrown his way. Many of those he did catch, he allowed to get into his pads. He also struggled fielding punts. Some question if he's fully healed from the nerve damage that caused him to switch positions at Michigan. The injury concerns aren't limited to just the North wideouts. Linebackers Arthur Brown and Trevardo Williams from Kansas State and Connecticut, respectively, were sidelined Tuesday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, MONDAY FALLER: WR Denard Robinson, Michigan...During the North's practice, there are three different color jerseys: white (offense), blue (defense) and then also yellow (quarterbacks). But Michigan's Denard Robinson, who played quarterback in Ann Arbor but is listed at wide receiver on the Senior Bowl roster, also had a yellow jersey despite not taking any snaps from center. He participated in several wide receiver and special teams exercises, but wasn't involved in many contact drills, which is probably due to his arm/hand injury that he suffered last fall. Robinson looked natural with the ball in his hands, but he didn't display ideal ballskills, giving scouts the idea that it will take some time as he adjusts to a different position on offense. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday North practice: During the North's practice, there are three different color jerseys: white (offense), blue (defense) and then also yellow (quarterbacks). And Michigan's Denard Robinson, who played quarterback in Ann Arbor but is listed at wide receiver on the Senior Bowl roster, also had a yellow jersey despite not taking any snaps from center. He participated in several wide receiver and special teams exercises but wasn't involved in many contact drills, which is probably due to the arm/hand injury he suffered last fall. Robinson looked natural with the ball in his hands, but he didn't display ideal ball skills, something that will take some time as he adjusts to a different position on offense. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/09/2013 - He'll go down as one of the most electric quarterbacks in Michigan history, but Denard Robinson is ready to begin his professional career at another position. Robinson has committed to the Senior Bowl and will play in the Jan. 26 all-star game that features many of the nation's top senior draft prospects, game officials told the Free Press. He was invited to the game as a receiver, but also could see time at running back after the way Michigan used him in its final few games.

Robinson set the NCAA FBS career record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,495 yards, but he suffered an elbow injury in an October loss to Nebraska that kept him out of two games. When Robinson returned for the final two games of the regular season, the Wolverines used him in a variety of roles with Devin Gardner as their primary quarterback. He finished the season wiht three catches for 31 yards and topped 1,100 yards rushing each of the last three years. - Dave Birkett, The Detroit Free Press

01/09/2013 - Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has received an invite to the Senior Bowl, but he won't be playing quarterback once he gets there. Instead Robinson has been invited as a wide receiver and will play there in an effort to improve his draft stock. It's also possible that Robinson will see some time lined up in the backfield as a running back like he did with Michigan over the final weeks of the season.

Robinson's four seasons at Michigan were filled with highlights, as he was the biggest star on a Michigan team that went through some of the toughest years in the history of the program. He finished his college career with 6,250 yards passing, 4,495 yards rushing and 91 total touchdowns. And while there's been a shift in the NFL's idea of a quarterback the last few years thanks to the success of guys like Cam Newton, Robert Griffin and Russell Wilson, Robinson isn't quite in the same class as those guys. Yes, like Robinson, those three were all tremendous athletes, but they were also much better passers in college than Robinson.

While he may have been a human highlight reel, some of the fun with Robinson was trying to figure out where his passes were going to go. Of course, that doesn't mean he won't be a useful weapon to an NFL team, as former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El went on to a successful NFL career as a receiver. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

01/01/2013 - QB Denard Robinson missed two games because of an elbow injury after getting knocked out of the Nebraska game on Oct. 27. Robinson injured a nerve and was unable to properly grip the ball. He returned to the lineup for the final two games of the season, but did not throw a pass, playing in the wildcat or as a pass receiver. Robinson has continued to rehab the injury, but his role in the bowl game has not yet been defined. - The Sports Xchange

01/01/2013 - Scouting the Michigan running game: Michigan's running game amounts to a whole lot of QB Denard Robinson, who has morphed into a running back, slot back, wildcat and wide receiver since an elbow injury limited his passing ability and put junior QB Devin Gardner into the starting role. Robinson is second all-time in career rushing yards by a quarterback, with 4,395 rushing yards. Since RB Fitzgerald Toussaint broke his leg late in the season, even more of the rushing load lands with Robinson. "He's fast and we have to do a good job of containing him," South Carolina LB Shaq Wilson said about the speedy Robinson. Michigan averaged 187.3 rushing yards per game this season, with Robinson accounting for 116 yards per game. - The Sports Xchange

12/24/2012 - Denard Robinson is going into his college finale without it being public knowledge which position he's going to play. It perhaps provides a preview of his unclear future in football. The three-year starting quarterback might not throw for No. 19 Michigan against No. 11 South Carolina on New Year's Day at the Outback Bowl. Robinson probably will catch some passes, lining up as a running back or receiver.

He says hopefully showing he can make plays without taking snaps will help NFL teams see what he can do, adding playmakers can't hide. Some project Robinson as a receiver in the pro. NFL draft consultant and former Dallas Cowboys general manager Gil Brandt says he would draft Robinson and convert him to cornerback. - AP Sports

12/18/2012 - University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson pled guilty to driving with a suspended license, and is able to play in the Outback Bowl. Robinson paid a fine and faces no additional punishment from the school, Wolverines spokesman David Ablauf announced Tuesday. According to Bath Township police Lt. Lyle Lindemulder, Robinson was stopped in the early morning Nov. 4 for failing to signal and having an expired license plate tag, a charge to which he pleaded guilty to on Monday. - The Sports Xchange

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Denard Robinson, Michigan, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Michigan football

11/20/2012 - Week 12 Rewind: Any team willing to invest a top 100 selection on Robinson, however, will have to be convinced that he'll be able to withstand the physical punishment that will come moving from quarterback to either running back or wide receiver. Robinson has shown toughness in fighting through various ailments throughout his career and the only games he's missed were the last two. While his durability, therefore, has been good to this point, Robinson's slight frame is a concern when projecting him to running back or wide receiver. He is not a powerful runner who will be able to sweep through arm tackles in the NFL with consistency and so he won't likely get many carries. He may struggle with the physicality of playing in the slot, as well, as he'll get chipped often by linebackers and even defensive ends, at times.

The risk of injury and time spent teaching Robinson a new position does limit his stock. However, in a senior draft class lacking in playmakers at receiver, the potential reward could outweigh the risk for some club within the first 100 selections. The positive news, of course, wasn't limited to just Robinson demonstrating that his skill-set does indeed translate nicely to his projected NFL position. Gardner completed 18 of 23 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 37 and another three scores in the Wolverines' 42-17 win. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/20/2012 - Week 12 Rewind: Denard Robinson Shows Off His Versatility...An injury to the throwing elbow of star Denard Robinson forced Michigan head coach Brady Hoke to turn to junior backup Devin Gardner at quarterback. The results couldn't have been better for the Wolverines. Though the injury limited Robinson's ability to pass, Hoke utilized the senior's trademark elusiveness and breakaway speed by alternating him between quarterback, running back and receiver Saturday against Iowa.

Robinson excelled in the "new" role, rushing for 98 yards on carries from the quarterback and running back positions and catching two passes for 24 yards, as well. It is a role talent evaluators have long projected for the 5-11, 197 pound athlete who entered the game with as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7 rated senior wideout.

Robinson is a natural with the ball in his hands. He possesses excellent lateral agility and acceleration to burst through tight quarters and the vision to set up defenders in the open field. As such, scouts are excited about he can fit in today's wide open passing attacks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/17/2012 - Michigan has put Denard Robinson back in the starting lineup. The senior lined up at running back in his final home game and gained 3 yard on a toss sweep the first time the 23rd-ranked Wolverines were on offense Saturday against Iowa. Devin Gardner made his third straight start at quarterback in place of Robinson, who has been out with nerve damage in his right elbow. Robinson caught a pass on Michigan's second snap for a gain of 4 yards. Robinson later took a shotgun snap and handed the ball off as a quarterback. Then, he got a handoff from Gardner and made an option pitch to Fitzgerald Toussaint for a first down. Fitzgerald was injured on the play and was carted off the field with a brace on his left leg. - AP Sports

11/17/2012 - Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson got significant playing time in his final home game Saturday at Michigan Stadium. But quarterback Devin Gardner -- Robinson's replacement for a third straight game -- fueled the Wolverines to their third consecutive win. In a 42-17 win over Iowa, Gardner threw for three touchdowns and scored three more for the Wolverines (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten Conference).

Robinson, who did not play in Michigan's previous two games, rotated between quarterback and tailback for the Wolverines, and the senior finished his final game at Michigan Stadium with 98 yards on 13 carries. However, Robinson's role was amplified after No. 21 Michigan lost tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint to injury in the first quarter. Toussaint was taken off the field on a stretcher and on a cart, with his left leg stabilized in an air cast.

Michigan's radio broadcast said in the second quarter that Toussaint had a "lower extremity injury" and ESPN reported that Toussaint had to be hospitalized at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor as a result of the injury. The injury occurred when Toussaint was pulled down near the Iowa sideline by a pair of defenders. - The Sports Xchange

11/15/2012 - It's Thursday, which means that it's time for Michigan coach Brady Hoke not to tell you anything about whether Denard Robinson is going to play for Michigan this week. It has been a weekly ritual since Robinson injured his elbow against Nebraska. However, this week is a bit different. Michigan's game against Iowa this Saturday will be the Wolverines' final home game, which means it's Senior Day in Ann Arbor. And while Hoke wouldn't say whether Robinson or Devin Gardner would start at quarterback, he did say he'd consider the idea of giving Robinson at least one play if he's too injured to start. "That would be something I would think about," Hoke told the Stoney and Bill Show. "But to be honest with you, the seniors and the guys and the people who are truly Michigan fans, I think they understand the significance he's had." Earlier this week, Hoke said the emotion of the day won't have anything to do with whether Robinson will play, saying "his health is what it will have to do with." Of course, who knows how seriously we should take Hoke when he says that. After all, it was only a few weeks ago that he said Robinson would probably start against Minnesota and that never happened. Will Robinson start Saturday? Will he play? Odds are we won't find out until Saturday. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

11/10/2012 - Michigan has decided to play quarterback Devin Gardner again. The Wolverines announced on their Twitter account before Saturday's game against Northwestern that Gardner would start in place of injured Denard Robinson. The senior was expected to be in uniform on the sideline. Robinson hasn't played in two weeks because of nerve damage in his right elbow. He seemed to throw passes OK about 90 minutes before the game against the Wildcats, but was not among the three quarterbacks taking snaps an hour prior to kickoff. Gardner played well in his first start under center in a win over the Golden Gophers. The junior threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score in the 35-13 win at Minnesota. - AP Sports

10/25/2012 - Michigan coach Brady Hoke is considering the possibility of utilizing speedy quarterback Denard Robinson on kick returns for the rest of the season. Robinson was on the field with the return team once in the Wolverines' win over Michigan State last Saturday and could be joining the unit again Saturday night for a Big Ten matchup at Nebraska. "You got a pretty good athlete in a guy who, if he can find a seam, he's hard to catch," Hoke said Thursday in the interview on radio station 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. "You might as well use your players. The objective is, when you're in championship-game mode every week, to win the game. So how can you prepare your team and your players to win the football game?" Robinson, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior, has rushed for 900 yards on 121 carries and six touchdowns and completed 83 of 155 passes for 1,264 yards and nine TDs with nine interceptions this season. - The Sports Xchange

10/13/2012 - Denard Robinson overcame his mysterious first-quarter injury and then brushed aside the Illini almost as easily. Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading No. 25 Michigan in a 45-0 win over the Fighting Illini on Saturday. The Wolverines (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) got a scare when Robinson left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the first quarter. He missed just one-plus possessions, though, and returned to score on a 6-yard run -- his second of four touchdowns -- to put Michigan up 17-0 late in the first half. "It was just a boo-boo," said Robinson, declining to say what sent him out of the game briefly. "It's all good. It didn't bother me at all." Robinson threw two TD passes, ran for two scores and accounted for 287 yards, giving him 10,000-plus career yards on offense. He was 7 of 11 for 159 yards and connected with Jeremy Gallon, who turned a short toss into a 71-yard score, and perfectly lofted an 8-yard pass to Devin Funchess in the end zone. Robinson ran 11 times for 128 yards -- his 18th career 100-yard game on the ground -- and the highlight was a juke-filled, 49-yard run that put Michigan ahead 24-0 early in the second half. "He made people miss tackles," Fighting Illini coach Tim Beckman said. "He's a very, very good football player. He had a sensational game." - AP Sports

10/13/2012 - Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has returned against Illinois game after leaving the game with an undisclosed injury. Robinson ran up the middle and was tackled hard by Ashante Williams late in the first quarter. He was replaced by Russell Bellomy on a drive that stalled and ended with a field goal to put the 25th-ranked Wolverines up 10-0. Bellomy was still under center when Michigan got the ball back early in the second quarter, but Robinson was back on the field for the following possession later in the quarter. Robinson's 6-yard touchdown run gave the Wolverines a 17-0 lead. On Michigan's first drive, Robinson threw a short pass that receiver Jeremy Gallon turned into a 71-yard TD. That was the senior's 48th career TD pass. The Wolverines wanted to get running back Fitzgerald Toussaint more involved on the ground, but chose to let Robinson run on a first-and-goal from the Fighting Illini 9 when he was hurt. Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase, meanwhile, left the game with an undisclosed injury in the second quarter on a run and was replaced by Reilly O'Toole. - AP Sports

10/13/2012 - Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has returned against Illinois game after leaving the game with an undisclosed injury. Robinson ran up the middle and was tackled hard by Ashante Williams late in the first quarter. He was replaced by Russell Bellomy on a drive that stalled and ended with a field goal to put the 25th-ranked Wolverines up 10-0. Bellomy was still under center when Michigan got the ball back early in the second quarter, but Robinson was back on the field for the following possession later in the quarter. Robinson's 6-yard touchdown run gave the Wolverines a 17-0 lead. On Michigan's first drive, Robinson threw a short pass that receiver Jeremy Gallon turned into a 71-yard TD. That was the senior's 48th career TD pass. The Wolverines wanted to get running back Fitzgerald Toussaint more involved on the ground, but chose to let Robinson run on a first-and-goal from the Fighting Illini 9 when he was hurt. Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase, meanwhile, left the game with an undisclosed injury in the second quarter on a run and was replaced by Reilly O'Toole. - AP Sports

10/11/2012 - University of Michigan football senior quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) has been selected as the Manning Award Player of the Week for his performance in Michigan's 44-13 Big Ten victory at Purdue last Saturday (Oct. 6). Robinson received the honor over seven other Manning Award "Stars of the Week" after earning the most-ever votes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest. Robinson racked up 8,269 votes, far surpassing the previous record for highest votes, which was 2,808 for Washington State's Connor Halliday on Nov. 14, 2011. Earlier in the week, Robinson claimed two other weekly awards for his play against the Boilermakers. On Monday (Oct. 8), Robinson collected his ninth Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week accolade, tying former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne for the most weekly honors since the award began in 1987. On Tuesday, the senior captain was selected as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week. Robinson carried the ball 24 times for 235 yards and completed 8-of-16 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown against Purdue. He became the Big Ten's all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback with 3,905, surpassing former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El (3,895). - Michigan football

10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Denard Robinson, Michigan, Sr., QB, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach...Became the Big Ten's all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback after rushing for 235 yards, second-most in single-game history by a Big Ten quarterback, against Purdue on Saturday...Has 3,905 career rushing yards, which ranks fourth in NCAA history among quarterbacks...Also passed for 105 yards against Purdue, totaling 340 yards of offense to move into the top 10 in total offense in Big Ten history...Wins his ninth career Offensive Player of the Week honor, tied for the most in conference history with former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne. - Big Ten football

10/06/2012 - Denard Robinson looked like his old, efficient self Saturday. The Michigan quarterback rushed 24 times for 235 yards, threw for one touchdown and helped lead the Wolverines to a 44-13 rout at Purdue on Saturday afternoon. It was a stark contrast to the frustrated quarterback who wound up apologizing for his sub-par performance at Notre Dame two weeks ago. But with two weeks to prepare for the game, Robinson atoned for any mistakes he made against the Fighting Irish. The senior was 8 of 15 through the air and did not throw an interception for the first time this season. He also had three runs of 35 yards or longer and consistently moved the Wolverines (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) into scoring position on another milestone day. Robinson became the Big Ten's career rushing leader among quarterbacks, passing Indiana's Antwaan Randle El (3,895) midway through the fourth quarter. Robinson now has 3,905 yards and broke a tie with Kent State's Josh Cribbs to move into fifth place in NCAA history for yards rushing among quarterbacks. Robinson also moved up to fifth on the school's career rushing list, passing Chris Perry and Butch Woolfolk, and fourth on Michigan's career passing list, passing Todd Collins. And he never even give Purdue (3-2, 0-1) a chance. Instead, Robinson and the Wolverines made it look easy. - AP Sports

09/25/2012 - 09/24/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: QB DENARD ROBINSON, MICHIGAN...For the few who still believe that Michigan's Denard Robinson can play quarterback in the NFL, let's hope they didn't catch the Wolverines loss to Notre Dame on Saturday night. He finished the game with only 228 total yards (138 passing, 90 rushing) and a career-high four interceptions, failing to score a touchdown for the first time since the season opener last year. The Wolverines managed only six points against the Irish, the lowest offensive output in a single contest by Michigan since Robinson stepped on campus four years ago. This game showed his weaknesses as a passer as he frequently made poor decisions, throwing into coverage and missing open targets downfield. Robinson has messy footwork and fails to set his feet before releasing the ball, throwing off his accuracy and spraying the ball erratically all over the field. His ball placement is inconsistent and his arm strength only takes him so far. There is no questioning his explosive ability as an athlete and improvising skills when the play breaks down, but his performance against Michigan was a reminder why NFL scouts view Robinson as a wide receiver or "athlete" in their evaluations. While his draft stock will be a highly debated topic from now until next April, we won't know much about Robinson as a pro prospect until the pre-draft process and whether or not he works out at a different position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/22/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Michigan at Notre Dame, Sept. 22 -- The Wolverines have won this rivalry game in the final 30 seconds for the past three years. Last year, QB Denard Robinson tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to WR Roy Roundtree with two seconds left to give Michigan a 35-31 win. The expectations are for more drama, but it will be tough to upstage some of the recent battles. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Wolverines are banking on pressure from their defensive line being able to force young Irish QB Everett Golson into mistakes. Michigan coach Brady Hoke made it clear that turnovers will likely play a big role in the outcome, so the onus is on the Michigan defenders to come up with a takeaway. On the offensive side, giving QB Denard Robinson that shade more than a second he needs to get into space will be vital to Michigan's success. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2012 - Michigan desperately needed a "get-well" performance after being humbled in a season-opening loss to defending national champion Alabama and then struggling to get by Air Force in the second week. The Wolverines filled that order with a stack of big plays and another highlight-reel afternoon from senior quarterback Denard Robinson as Michigan overwhelmed Massachusetts 63-13 on Saturday. Robinson, who led Michigan's offense to six touchdowns in the first half alone, accounted for almost 400 yards in three quarters. He passed for 291 yards and three touchdowns while carrying the ball 10 times for another 106 yards and a fourth touchdown. He completed 16 of 24 passes and had one interception. "I think he made a lot of good decisions, and a lot of good decisions also in just managing the game for us," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "I thought he did a nice job for us." The Wolverines (2-1) needed just five plays to cover 65 yards on the game's opening drive, with Robinson linking up with freshman tight end Devin Funchess on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Brendan Gibbons' kick gave the Wolverines a 7-0 lead just over two minutes into the game. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2012 - Denard Robinson put up 397 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns in No. 17 Michigan's 63-13 rout of Massachusetts on Saturday. Robinson, who came out of the game with Michigan (2-1) leading 56-13 late in the third quarter, rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and completed 16 of 24 passes for 291 yards and three scores. Tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint, who missed Michigan's opener due to suspension and then carried for just seven yards against Air Force, had 85 yards and a touchdown against the Minutemen. Former Wolverine Michael Cox, now a grad student at UMass, led the Minutemen (0-3) with 76 yards rushing, but Michigan finished the game with a 585-259 edge in yardage. It was a much different outcome than two years ago, when UMass, then still a FCS member, took Rich Rodriguez's Michigan to the wire before losing 42-37. The Minutemen are now in their first season as an FBS member, and have been outscored by an average of 48-6 in their three losses. This time, the Wolverines scored early and often, starting with Robinson's 26-yard TD pass to freshman tight end Devin Funchess on the game's opening drive. After a punt on the second drive -- Michigan's only punt before Robinson left the game -- Toussaint sprinted around left end on an 11-yard score to make it 14-0. - AP Sports

09/11/2012 - QB Denard Robinson passed for 208 yards against Air Force and rushed for 218 yards. Robinson is the first FBS player since the 1996 season to have three games in his career with at least 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing. Robinson connected on 14-of-25 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns against Air Force and also carried the ball 20 times for 218 yards and two more touchdowns. Robinson has had eight career games with at least four touchdowns. QUOTE TO NOTE: "To be honest with you, I'm more focused on the team winning the Big Ten championship than me winning the Big Ten Player of the Week Award. That's our goal, to win the Big Ten championship." -- Michigan QB Denard Robinson deflecting attention from his individual accomplishments. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Denard Robinson, Michigan, Sr., QB, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach...Accounted for 426 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, two rushing and two throwing, in Michigan's 31-25 victory over Air Force on Saturday...Finished with more than 200 yards rushing (218) and passing (208) to become the only player in FBS history to run and pass for 200 or more yards in the same game three times...Scored on runs of 79 and 58 yards and completed touchdown passes of 30 and seven yards...Wins his eighth career Offensive Player of the Week honor, tied for second in conference history with former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees. - Big Ten football

09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 NCAA NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Big Blue needed every big play that QB Denard Robinson could come up with as the Wolverines barely held on to beat Air Force in the Big House. Robinson made it happen as he rushed for 218 yards and passed for 208 yards more while totaling four touchdowns. His longest play came with a 79-yard scamper to start the scoring in the first quarter, but his biggest plays came at the end when he threw a scoring pass for the clinching points and led a field-goal drive midway through the fourth quarter for the final points. - NCAA.com

09/08/2012 - Denard Robinson was spectacular, accounting for 426 yards of offense and four touchdowns. It almost wasn't good enough to help No. 19 Michigan avoid an upset against Air Force. Robinson ran for 218 yards and two touchdowns, threw for 208 and two scores as the Wolverines held off the Falcons for a 31-25 win Saturday. "It's always good to win," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "Sometimes they're not very pretty, and this would be one." Robinson became the first player in major college football to have at least 200 yards rushing and 200 passing in three games, according to the NCAA records book. Former Texas star Vince Young was the only other player to pull off the feat twice. The speedy senior, who joked last month that he could beat Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash, scored on a 79-yard run on his second snap and ran for a 58-yard score on the first play of the second half. "I don't want to sound cocky, but when I get in front on a big run, I don't think anyone is going to catch me," Robinson said. The Wolverines (1-1) were humbled in their opener, losing 41-14 to Alabama in a game that might've been more lopsided that the score indicated. They did bounce back, but had a tough time beating the Falcons (1-1) in a game they were favored to win by three touchdowns. - AP Sports

09/07/2012 - QB Denard Robinson completed 11-of-26 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Alabama. Robinson was swarmed everywhere he went on the field and had just 27 rushing yards on 10 carries. He scored Michigan's first touchdown on a six-yard run. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - QB Denard Robinson and his coaches had commented in the preseason on how much Robinson had improved as a passer, but against Alabama those ballyhooed skills were not on display. Robinson threw 16 passes in the first half and completed only five, with two being intercepted and one of those returned for a touchdown. He went 11-of-26 on the night for 200 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Michigan vs. Alabama, at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Sept. 1 -- The television folks wanted a blockbuster to open the 2012 college football season, and the Wolverines and 'Bama complied. There is more than a bit of risk involved in such a match-up, since a humbling loss on the opening day of the season can undo much of the psychological strength training that went on over the past six months. Michigan does not need a win here to move on in good shape, but it certainly needs a strong showing. KEYS TO THE GAME: Alabama beats people up, just physically dominates them until the opposition buckles and the Tide rolls over them. Michigan will have to match blows with Alabama from the start, and not get pushed around up front. QB Denard Robinson is as skilled and athletic as anyone in the SEC, but he has to have time and a bit of space in order to perform his magic. If RB Fitzgerald Toussaint works his way out of the doghouse in time to be a factor in this game, the Wolverines' chances improve. The Michigan defense needs bodies flying to the point of attack, and it will have to throw a net out and prevent the Tide from striking quickly via the big play. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Denard Robinson -- The Heisman talk has swirled around Robinson for most of his time in Ann Arbor, but never reached a crescendo. A big-time performance against defending national champion Alabama could launch that senior campaign. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2012 - Denard Robinson says he can take Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash; how ridiculous is that?...By any measure, Denard Robinson is an exceptionally fast human being. He's football-fast, having racked up 2,878 yards and 30 touchdowns rushing in two years as Michigan's starting quarterback. He's track-fast, having turned in state championship-caliber times as a high school sprinter in Florida. If he wasn't focused on his job on the football team, there's no doubt he could hold his own against some of the best sprinters in the Big Ten. Maybe against some of the best in the NCAA. The best in the world? Well yeah, according to Robinson: After watching Jamaica's Usain Bolt take three gold medals in three attempts in the London Olympics - duplicating his trifecta in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 - Robinson told FoxSports Detroit that not only could he hang with the reigning Fastest Man in the World for the first 40 yards, but at that distance, he could actually beat him. Really: "I've watched him run, and I'm pretty sure I can beat him in a 40-yard dash," Robinson said at Michigan's media day on Sunday. "I'd get a better start, and I could take him. "At 60 yards, I'd be in trouble, and at 100 meters, he'd be gone, but I could get him in a 40." No word on whether he would bother to tie his shoelaces beforehand. In Robinson's defense, he didn't just walk into a room and declare himself Bolt's equal at some arbitrary distance. He was responding to a question prompted by his teammate, Devin Gardner, who baited reporters by making the claim himself. "Denard could do that in a heartbeat - he's the fastest man in the world," Gardner said. "I know what Usain Bolt did in the Olympics, and Denard probably couldn't beat him at 100 meters, but when it comes to football speed at 40 yards, I'd take Denard. He's that fast." - Matt Hinton, CBSSports.com

08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Denard Robinson, Michigan...With speed, athleticism and elusiveness, Robinson is one of college football's most exciting players. He has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons on the ground and threw for a career-best 20 passing scores last season. Robinson's play is a huge reason why Michigan enters 2012 as the favorite to win the Big Ten title. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

08/03/2012 - Top-five Michigan prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. WR/QB Denard Robinson...He is the favorite to be the conference's offensive player of the year again in 2012, but he is also expected to change positions during the pre-draft process next winter. Robinson has track-like speed with balanced explosion and change of direction ability to create with the ball in his hands. However he is extremely streaky as a passer with too many inconsistent decisions, low-percentage pass attempts and messy mechanics. With hot/cold accuracy and a frame under six-foot tall, scouts are viewing Robinson as an Antwan Randel-El-type of prospect and more of a second or third round athlete rather than a quarterback. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/03/2012 - Top-five Michigan prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. WR/QB Denard Robinson...While he will be a favorite for the Heisman Trophy this season at quarterback, Robinson is being viewed as more of an athlete for the next level by pro scouts. He is an electric athlete with good arm strength and the propensity to make plays out of the backfield, but his inconsistencies as a passer is maddening to evaluate and will probably lead to him being projected as a running back or wideout in the NFL. Robinson received dozens of scholarship offers out of Florida with most schools recruiting him as a receiver or cornerback, but Rich Rodriguez targeted Robinson to possibly quarterback his new-look offense at Michigan. He was Tate Forcier's back-up in 2009 as a freshman, but earned the starting nod as a sophomore and earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors, breaking the school record for total offense (4,272 yards). With Rodriguez out and Brady Hoke in as head coach, Robinson went through a transition to new offensive coordinator Al Borges' offense, but he still produced big numbers with 36 total touchdowns (20 passing, 16 rushing) and 3,349 yards of total offense. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/27/2012 - Q. What do you expect to see out of Denard Robinson this year? COACH HOKE: I think when you look at it, and going through spring and just his overall concepts-wise when you look at the offense, I think that's much better. And from the point of our terminology and what we call things, and I think it's had an opportunity for Al Borges to maybe grow a little bit more within the offense. And I think from that point of it, and probably more specifically is how he has really become a guy you can count on when it comes to leadership and how his work ethic is and those things that he's done. - Big Ten football/Media day transcripts

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Denard Robinson, senior, QB, Michigan, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Robinson is one of five Big Ten Conference players selected to the list. It marks the third watch list for Robinson, who also was named to the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award preseason lists. Robinson has started 27 of 38 career games in three seasons at Michigan. He has completed 338 of 580 passes for 4,931 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushed 546 times for 3,229 yards and 35 touchdowns. He ranks in the top 10 in U-M history in passing completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns and in rushing yards, touchdowns and 100-yard games (14). - Michigan football

07/20/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Denard Robinson, Michigan, has been selected to the Preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback by The Davey O'Brien Foundation. Robinson has started 27 of 38 career games in three seasons at Michigan. He has completed 338 of 580 passes for 4,931 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushed 546 times for 3,229 yards and 35 touchdowns. He ranks in the top 10 in U-M history in passing completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns and in rushing yards, touchdowns and 100-yard games (14). - Michigan football

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Denard Robinson, Michigan, QB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Robinson and Fitzgerald Toussaint helped lead Michigan to an 11-2 record and an Allstate Sugar Bowl victory in 2011. Last season, they were the only teammates in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to surpass 1,000 rushing yards, and they became U-M's first pair of 1,000-yard rushers since 1975 (Gordon Bell, 1,388; Rob Lytle, 1,030). Robinson led the Wolverines with 1,176 rushing yards, while Toussaint gained 1,041. Robinson also passed for 2,173 yards and finished 2011 with a career-best 36 touchdowns (20 passing, 16 rushing). - Michigan football

06/27/2012 - Heisman Watch 2012: Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan - After leading his team to an 11-2 record and a win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, 'Shoelace' Robinson proved that he was way more than just a flashy playmaker in 2011. He has become one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in NCAA history after throwing for at least 2,000 yards and rushing for at least 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, setting countless Michigan and Big Ten Conference records in the process. If Robinson can take the next step in making the Wolverines not only the favorites in the Big Ten but a national title contender as well, he seems likely to get an invitation to New York City in December as a Heisman finalist, and perhaps be Barkley's biggest competition. - Nicholas DeLorenzo, The Sports Network

 
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