Wolverine Cubs: Impact Freshman Denard Robinson
Michigan fans knew with the arrival of the spread offense that Michigan would transition from a power team to a speed team, though in 2008 it wasn't very evident other than flashes from freshman Martavious Odoms and Sam McGuffie.
In 2009 however Michigan will see much more speed even at the quarterback position in the form of Denard Robinson.
Robinson had a huge junior season at quarterback which resulted in him picking up offers rather quickly from many teams including LSU, Auburn, Ohio State, and Florida. Robinson's recruitment was interesting as most teams were recruiting him to be a defensive-back or wide-receiver because of his blazing speed, teams like Michigan and West Virginia wanted him for quarterback. Robinson took all five of his official visits some with his teammate Adrian Witty. In the end Robinson and Witty both announced for Michigan on National Signing Day.
Speed- Robinson could be the fastest player in the entire 2009 class. Although he does not have the fastest forty time, Robinson is also a track star and this spring ran a 10.44 second 100 meter-dash which was good enough for the second fastest time in the nation. This speed will be perfect in the spread and can be used in many different ways.
Multi-talented- This will be Robinson's greatest asset to Michigan. Although he will have a chance to challenge Tate Forcier for the starting QB job it is unlikely that he will get it. Instead Robinson will get reps at quarterback in all games but will also likely be used for some trick plays as he can be used as a wide- receiver or quarterback.
Time- The main thing that will hurt Robinson in his competition for the quarterback spot is that Forcier has been on campus since January while Robinson will only have fall practices to prove his stuff. Although don't expect Robinson to be moved anywhere else as Rodriguez has stated that he will play quarterback.
Size- Just like Forcier Robinson also is not the ideal size for a quarterback. Robinson right now stands 6'0" and weighs 180 pounds. Once he gets on campus and starts lifting with the team he is sure to put on some muscle but his height is still relatively small for a quarterback.
Robinson should see the field plenty this year, often taking snaps at quarterback. He could steal the starting spot from Forcier but it seems unlikely with Forcier enrolled early. Don't be surprised to see some two Quarterback formations with both Robinson and Forcier in the backfield as Rodriguez is known to like to use trickery.
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