College Football Scores: Denard Robinson's Limitations Are Dooming Michigan
When you think "limited ability," Denard Robinson may be the last quarterback that comes to mind.
He's explosive in the open field as a running back and has shown leadership in leading the Michigan Wolverines to a 7-2 record this season.
But overshadowed by Robinson's blazing speed, or the comeback against Notre Dame, is the fact that the junior is simply not an accurate quarterback.
After completing 63 percent of his passes last season, Robinson had completed just 53 percent of his throws headed into Saturday's game against unranked Iowa. Then he proceeded to go 17-of-37 for 194 yards in the Wolverines' 24-16 loss.
Robinson's decision-making has also been questioned this season. After tossing two touchdowns and one interception on Saturday, Robinson has 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on the season.
For new head coach Brady Hoke, Robinson must be a maddening player to watch. His big-play ability is one of the reasons Michigan has surprised this season. In the same breath, he makes poor decisions that keep the Wolverines from being much more.
And don't think opponents haven't noticed this. Robinson's always been a better running back than a quarterback, so defenses have adjusted. In his last three games, Robinson has rushed 45 times for 160 yards, an average of 3.5 yards per carry. Defenses are simply daring him to pass, while focusing on limiting his ground game.
Robinson is one of the most gifted quarterbacks athletically in college football, but he has severe issues in the pocket, and we are seeing them begin to finally overtake his strengths.
If Robinson was merely an above-average pocket passer, he would probably be among the top Heisman candidates.
But he's not, and Hoke and the Wolverines live and die with his inconsistencies.
Lately, his inconsistencies have been more a nightmare than a Cinderella story.
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