Michigan Football: How Denard Robinson Should Be Used in the 2013 Outback Bowl

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 18, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 17:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a 42-17 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes with fans at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Sadly enough, the 2013 Outback Bowl will be the last collegiate game for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. The guy also known as "Shoelace," somebody who amazed the college football world the last couple of seasons, will take the field one last time.

But how will he be used on the football field in the matchup against the South Carolina Gamecocks?

Due to a nerve injury in his right arm, Robinson has missed two games and hasn't thrown a pass in the last four. Instead, junior quarterback Devin Gardner has taken over the starting position and has played well enough that it is likely he will start again for the Wolverines.

It is still unclear who will take the majority of the snaps at quarterback, but with the way things have gone, Robinson being thrown back into the starting lineup is highly unlikely. With this being his last game in a Michigan uniform, it is time for the team to move on and begin thinking about the future of this offense.

However, that doesn't mean that Robinson shouldn't see the field at all. In fact, he should be given every opportunity to provide fans with something to remember forever. We are talking about the guy who holds the total offense record at the school and several other school and conference records.

He may not be able to throw the ball effectively, but his legs certainly aren't broken. And with Robinson not able to throw the ball, it has actually made offensive coordinator Al Borges get more creative with the play designs.

Just check out the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes when Robinson lined up with three running backs in an option formation. At the snap of the football, the left guard then pulled to the right, creating four potential blockers for an explosive running back.

This created a gaping hole for Robinson to run between, and it looked terrific from the beginning. Of course, the senior had to shake off a couple of tackles that played a part in the 67-yard touchdown, but those type of play designs are difficult for the opposing team to defend.

Even if Robinson was tackled down field by the two Ohio State defenders, this would have still been a productive play that resulted in a first down.

We should also expect to see him play receiver throughout the game as well. While he doesn't have great size at 6'0", 197 pounds, he has enough speed and quickness to make for a touch cover in the slot. Robinson has only caught two passes throughout his career, but is likely going to be drafted in April for his potential at wide receiver.

He might as well prove he can catch a football and create fits for guys in the opposing secondary.

Special teams are also not out of the question during the Outback Bowl. I wrote a few months ago why this would be a horrible idea for the fragile signal-caller, but it is his last game, and he already has experience returning punts. With his ability to make defenders miss in the open field, he could provide a huge spark in the field position game and help make things easier for the Wolverines offense.

Robinson has been one of the more exciting players in recent college football memory. He has been a class act throughout his career and provided us with numerous highlight plays and eye-popping numbers.

He deserves to be on that field helping his team in the final bowl game of his career. Line him up at different positions and let him run wild with the football in his hands.

Injured or not, Robinson should go out the only way he knows how. And that is being the explosive player we all fell in love with.