NCAA FB

Michigan expects Robinson to play

Share This Story

   
 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)

Michigan has tried to keep Denard Robinson healthier by asking him run less and hand off more, and it has worked to some extent.

Wolverines at a glance

 
Wolverines
Looking for the latest news on the Wolverines? Get the inside slant, stats, scores, schedules and more scoops right here

The speedy quarterback just keeps getting banged up. In Saturday's win at Illinois, Robinson sprained his right wrist in the third quarter and didn't return, in part because backup Devin Gardner has matured enough to manage the game and make plays.

''He could've went back in the game, but Devin was playing well at the time so we just went with him,'' tight end Kevin Koger said Monday.

The 20th-ranked Wolverines will host Nebraska this week in a matchup of eight-win teams with 4-2 records in the Big Ten. They are tied for second place behind Michigan State in the Legends Division.

Coach Brady Hoke said he expects Robinson to practice without limitations and to play against the Cornhuskers after watching him pass an initial test Sunday during practice.

''He threw the ball very well,'' Hoke said. ''He just got a little sprain on his wrist, and he's in good shape.''

The Cornhuskers have had problems with mobile quarterbacks and Robinson is perhaps the most elusive player taking snaps in college football. Coach Bo Pelini was asked about the problems Robinson presents for a defense.

''You got about an hour?'' Pelini quipped. ''He can beat you and do a lot of different things. This guy, you watch him on film, he's fun to watch. I won't get a lot of sleep this week. There are times he'll make three, four, five guys miss on a play.''

Pelini, though, said his program is not the only one that has a tough time containing running QBs.

''That's the nature of the beast,'' Pelini said. ''If you ever tell me a mobile quarterback doesn't put more stress on your defense, (you) probably don't know what they're talking about. It's a whole other dimension. That's why people are doing it.''

Robinson has struggled in the passing game this season and his running has not been as prolific in a new system that combines spread and pro-style offenses under offensive coordinator Al Borges. The junior has barely completed more than half his passes and has as many interceptions (13) as touchdowns. He has also had a problem with fumbles lately.

''He's got to do a better job as far as ball security issues,'' Hoke said.

Hoke said he's fortunate to have depth at quarterback, unlike some other positions on the team. He both players are getting better every time they're on the field.

Gardner threw a touchdown pass - his first this season, second of his career - to Martavious Odoms to give the Wolverines a 24-7 lead over Illinois en route to a 31-14 win. He completed 2 of 5 passes for 47 yards and ran twice for 9 yards.

''Devin did a good job managing the game, and Al did a nice job, in calling the game,'' Hoke said, adding the performance gave him more confidence to play Gardner if Robinson has turnover problems.

Notes: Michigan will close the regular season against rival Ohio State on Nov. 26 at noon, a kickoff that was announced Monday. ... Wolverines DE Ryan Van Bergen was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week for a career-high 2.5 sack, seven-tackle performance at Illinois.

Tagged: Illinois, Michigan, Devin Gardner, Denard Robinson

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

College Football Pick'em on FOX


NCAA FB Videos

Sumlin annoyed by media's Manziel questions Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Kevin Sumlin responds to questions about life after Johnny Football by toying wi...

AJ Pasquale's journey back to UCLA Posted: Jun 17, 2014
UCLA football ops intern AJ Pasquale describes his own personal journey after th...

Winston issued adult civil citation Posted: Apr 30, 2014
Get the latest news surrounding Jameis Winston's recent shoplifting fiasco.

Get Inside the Locker Room with Scout.com

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators Gridiron 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/759777/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_759000/ff_759777_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Florida Gators Gridiron 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Nike Michigan State Spartans Football 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Michigan_State_Spartans/browse/featuredproduct/760171/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_760000/ff_760171_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Michigan State Spartans Football 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - White
    Nike USC Trojans Fight On My School T-Shirt - Cardinal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_USC_Trojans/browse/featuredproduct/761373/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_761000/ff_761373_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike USC Trojans Fight On My School T-Shirt - Cardinal
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/829709/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_829000/ff_829709_xl.jpg&w=100 64.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Crimso..
    Nike LSU Tigers Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Purple http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_LSU_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/829740/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_829000/ff_829740_xl.jpg&w=100 49.99 Nike LSU Tigers Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Purple
    Nike Oklahoma Sooners Legacy 91 Dri-FIT Adjustable Coaches Cap - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oklahoma_Sooners/browse/featuredproduct/830935/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_830000/ff_830935_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Nike Oklahoma Sooners Legacy 91 Dri-FIT Adjustable Coaches Cap - Crimson
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hot Sideline Jacket - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/861243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_861000/ff_861243_xl.jpg&w=100 69.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hot Sideline Jacket - Navy Blue
    adidas Nebraska Cornhuskers Sideline Hot Quarter Zip Jacket - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Nebraska_Cornhuskers/browse/featuredproduct/861247/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_861000/ff_861247_xl.jpg&w=100 69.95 adidas Nebraska Cornhuskers Sideline Hot Quarter Zip Jacket - Scarlet
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Players Locker Room Snapback Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/1087345/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1087000/ff_1087345_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Players Locker Room Snapba..
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/1093431/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1093000/ff_1093431_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Ash