Michi­gan mum on role of QB Robin­son

Team won’t say where he’ll play in The Out­back Bowl.

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOTBALL - By Larry Lage

ANN AR­BOR, MICH. — De­nard Robin­son’s po­si­tion is a se­cret for the fi­nal game of his col­lege ca­reer.

It per­haps pro­vides a pre­view of his un­clear fu­ture in foot­ball.

The three-year start­ing quar­ter­back might not throw for No. 19 Michi­gan against No. 11 South Carolina on New Year’s Day at the Out­back Bowl. He prob­a­bly will catch some passes, lin­ing up as a run­ning back or re­ceiver.

Robin­son hopes show­ing that he can make plays with­out tak­ing snaps will help NFL teams see what he can do.

“If you’re mak­ing plays on the field, you can’t hide that,” Robin­son said ear­lier this month be­fore the Wolver­ines trav­eled to Florida. “You can’t hide a play­maker.”

Some project Robin­son as a re­ceiver in the pros.

NFL draft con­sul­tant and former Dal­las Cow­boys gen­eral man­ager Gil Brandt has an­other idea.

“I’d draft him to be a cor­ner­back,” Brandt said. “A quar­ter­back never wants to be told he’s go­ing to have to play an­other po­si­tion, but I don’t think he can play quar­ter­back in the NFL. I do know teams are al­ways look­ing for cor­ner­backs, and I think Robin­son could do it be­cause of his quick­ness and speed.

“But he’d have to want to do it to make it work.”

Robin­son has de­clined to say much about what po­si­tion he wants to at­tempt to play at the next level, say­ing he just wants to en­joy his se­nior sea­son.

Nerve dam­age in his right el­bow knocked him off the field Oct. 27 at Ne­braska, keep­ing him out for the next two games and lim­it­ing his abil­ity to throw in the fi­nal two games of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Michi­gan moved him to run­ning back and also had him take snaps with­out throw­ing a pass against Iowa and Ohio State, games in which he had 23 car­ries for 220 yards and a score and two re­cep­tions for 24 yards.

The Game­cocks are pre­par­ing for Robin­son to play up to his spec­tac­u­lar po­ten­tial.

“He’s the best ath­lete that we’ll play at quar­ter­back,” said South Carolina de­fen­sive line coach Brad Law­ing, a former Michi­gan State as­sis­tant.

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