The Forgotten QB: Michigan Freshman Denard Robinson

Jay Nicols@boonta420Correspondent IAugust 5, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 6:  The Michigan Wolverines take to the field prior to the game against the Miami of Ohio Red Hawks on September 6, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Wolverines defeated the Red Hawks 16-6. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Who will be the starting QB for the University of Michigan football team in the fall?  A question that many think is answered, but won't be revealed until the first Saturday in September.  

Everyone that was at the Spring game saw with their own two eyes that Tate Forcier, the dual-threat out of Scripps Ranch in San Diego, is an absolute improvement over what they saw last fall.  

Advantage Tate.

His abilities were showcased, and the Michigan fan base exhaled in a sigh of relief.  "This is what the offense looks like when ran correctly, huh?!"  Signs of hope after an erie 2008 fall football season.

But don't forget who they have coming.  He is a competitive guy, who will compete for playing time in the offense, this season. 

His name is Denard Robinson, and he will be arriving on campus any day.  He was tabbed as a four-star recruit from rivals.com, but wasn't set to get on campus until now.

His stats: 4.48 40, 6 ft, 179lbs, 34in vertical.

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Robinson is a very active QB.  He likes to get outside of the pocket and throw, with the possibility of running. He often likes to make something out of nothing, which is a trait that can lead to trouble.  

Scouts.com writes on ESPN.com that "Robinson is just a flat out playmaker in every sense of the word and he will surprise you with his production in the passing game. If he were taller, there is no doubt he would be a serious QB prospect, but his overall skills will likely land him somewhere else."

I think he would be the best complement to Tate, if Rich Rod were to use a two QB system this year.  I think they are both talented QB's, but Tate is definitely the more accurate passer, and Denard is more of that athlete QB, with the emphasis on playmaking.

I like his skills, that of which I've seen on youtube like the rest of you, and I think those alone can catapult him to the top of the depth chart.  Will it be September 5th, I don't know, but I think you will see him play a significant role at some point this season.   

Art Taylor, coach of Denard Robinson at Deerfield Beach, told the Miami Herald, "I don't think people realize how fast he is ... He has so many gears. You have great quarterbacks who can kill you with their arm, and you have great running backs who can kill you with their speed. He has both. He's just spectacular, explosive."

Advantage Denard.

Those are the words that Michigan fans have been clamoring for since the hire of Rich Rodriguez.  Speed, speed, and more speed.  That is part of what this coaching staff has recruited.  Robinson will definitely make Saturdays in Ann Arbor more enjoyable, that is if he gets on the field.

Rich Rodriquez during Big Ten media day said this about Denard Robinson, "I think he's a pretty quick learner, but when he gets to camp, he's going to make mistakes. He's got to be one that is able to overcome that and relax."  Relax, that will be difficult, with all the changes this young man will face.  He will have to be a very absorbent sponge to play right away.  

It will take a great camp and focus for Robinson to make it happen at Michigan his freshman year.  Mike Barwis will work him out, Rod Smith will coach him, and Rich Rod will insert him in what will be a high octane offense.  

Advantage Michigan.


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