Robinson will return to U-M for senior season

Robinson will return to U-M for senior season

Published Jan. 13, 2012 1:55 p.m. ET

University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and cornerback J.T. Floyd were curious about their NFL draft potential, but both have decided they're not projected high enough to pass up their senior seasons.

The players confirmed they will be back at U-M next fall during a series of Twitter messages posted Friday afternoon by the football program.

"It's been a dream to play in the NFL and hopefully after next year that becomes a reality, but I wouldn't pass up being here with my teammates and coaches for anything," Robinson said. "It's my second family. I love my teammates. I love Michigan.

"Seeing how the seniors led our team this year, I want to be that type of leader for Team 133 (133rd year of Michigan football). We made steps and had a good season, but we didn't accomplish our No. 1 goal. We're still hungry."

That goal, of course, is a Big Ten championship. The Wolverines fell short, losing the Legends Division title to Michigan State, but they still finished with an 11-2 record after winning the Sugar Bowl.

Robinson rushed for 1, 176 yards and 16 touchdowns, and completed 55 percent of his passes for 2,173 yards and 20 touchdowns with 15 interceptions.

He will be among the top preseason Heisman Trophy candidates, but he'll need to cut down on his interceptions and other miscues to make a serious run at the award.

At this point, Robinson isn't being viewed as a true quarterback at the NFL level. But his speed and athleticism make a pro career down the road possible in a role that could include some combination of receiver/running back/return specialist/wildcat quarterback.

Like Robinson, Floyd requested an evaluation of his current draft potential from NFL officials. After receiving those results, he also wisely decided it was in his best interests to return to school.

"Being around all of the great people here, I just couldn't see myself not being here for my senior year," Floyd said in his Twitter message. "Our team still has work to do and places to go, and I want to be a part of it."

Floyd finished sixth on the team in tackles with 48. He also made two interceptions, was credited with breaking up eight passes and forced one fumble.

The Wolverines open the 2012 season Sept. 1 in Arlington, Texas, against the defending national-champion Alabama Crimson Tide.