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For much of his four-year career with the Michigan Wolverines, senior quarterback Denard Robinson has looked like a running back playing at the quarterback position and last weekend the Deerfield Beach, Fla., native proved to be more than capable of lining up in the backfield on a consistent basis.
Offensive coordinator Al Borges drew up 15 plays specifically for Robinson last Saturday, and the Wolverines used all of them in their 42-17 rout of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Robinson finished the game with 13 carries for 98 yards and two receptions for 24 yards.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will be prepared for Robinson, but if the Wolverines can get him the same amount of touches he had a week ago and continue to mix in new formations this week, it will be enough to keep Urban Meyer's defense off balance.
Michigan hasn't revealed all of its new wrinkles either. Although Robinson has yet to throw a pass since leaving the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers with an elbow injury, you can bet the Wolverines will utilize his arm a couple of times against Ohio State on Saturday.
The Wolverines need a big game from Robinson as a utility player just as much as they need an efficient performance from Devin Gardner at quarterback.