The Iconic Denard Robinson
To the ordinary person, that phrase may not mean anything. But to a Michigan fan, the word, “Shoelace” embodies the beloved Denard Robinson. The quarterback is admired for his constantly smiling face, and his poise throughout every press conference. But most importantly, he is known for his unmatched speed and skill as a football player.
Although Denard Robinson will forever be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks in Michigan football history, his position is not without controversy. No one can deny Denard’s nearly incomparable athletic ability, however many critics question his place at quarterback. Denard is extremely talented, but do his set of skills match those of a quarterback or those of a running back?
In my opinion, Denard is a running back with throwing capabilities. Denard can throw the ball, but his true expertise lies in his swiftness. This 2012 season has certainly revealed Denard’s possible misplacement at quarterback, as Denard had one of his worst games in his career against Notre Dame with five total turnovers. Robinson will always beat his opponents on his feet, but the four interceptions in the first half of the Notre Dame game will forever leave me questioning his placement as QB.
However, what is Michigan Football without Denard?
During this past weekend, as Michigan suffered a crushing 23-9 loss to unranked Nebraska, it became undoubtedly clear that the Wolverines are not the same football team without their quarterback on the field. With second-string quarterback, Bellomy, at the helm, the team struggled from a severe drop in morale, to say the least. Bellomy truly lacks the experience to carry the prestigious Brady Hoke offense on the field, a fact that was evident in his three interceptions in last weekend's game and his inability to play-make against Illinois a few weeks ago.
Denard Robinson is Michigan Football. Who knows where Michigan Football will turn when Robinson graduates next year, but in the meantime their focus is simply the next game. Saturday the Wolverines will take on the Minnesota Gophers and according to Brady Hoke, Denard should be good to go for the game, meaning Michigan fans everywhere will be looking at their quarterback to bring them home with a win.