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Denard Robinson had an uneven, yet gutsy performance against the Crimson Tide.
From a talent standpoint, Robinson is superior to McCarron because he is regarded as a dual-threat. The question on Robinson is simple, is he a runner parading as a quarterback?
Robinson ran too much.
He had nearly as many rushing attempts (10 attempts for 27 yards) as he did pass completions (11 for 26 with 200 yards). Robinson may be an excellent runner, but he should be a passing quarterback first. Early on, Robinson tried to make plays with his feet, but it proved to be a bad move. The Crimson Tide features some of the fastest defenders in college football.
On one fourth quarter play, he scrambled and appeared to have hurt his elbow. Robinson showed guts in returning, but that play could have had a lasting result.
His receivers did him no favors in the loss to the Crimson Tide. When there were coverage breakdowns by the Crimson Tide defense, the Wolverine receivers did not capitalize as much as they should have.
Exploiting Vinnie Sunseri, the Crimson Tide’s sophomore DB, in the second half should have been part of the adjustments made by Wolverine coach Brady Hoke. Watching Sunseri get beat on a few plays should have been a sign that the Wolverines had an advantage.
Instead, the Wolverines never adjusted. Had they made adjustments, they would have forced the Crimson Tide to dial back the pressure applied by their defensive front line.