In all of the highs and lows Denard Robinson has been through in his three-plus seasons as Michigan’s starting quarterback, arguably the lowest point came in the second quarter of the Wolverines’ loss to Notre Dame.
With just over 11 minutes left in the first half, Robinson threw his first pick of the game. As it turned out, Shoelaces was just getting started as the his next three pass attempts were picked by the Irish as well, meaning the senior last four passes of the half went to the team wearing colors that didn’t match Michigan’s.
With Robinson struggling, and with unproven redshirt freshman Russell Bellomy standing on the sidelines, was head coach Brady Hoke tempted to pull the long-time starter? “No,” succinctly said Hoke, who went on to explain the thought process behind the decision to stick with Robinson.
“We always try and go to the next play. You have to,” Hoke said according to AnnArbor.com. “The guy has done a pretty good job being a quarterback at Michigan … Just better decision-making, and move forward.
“What are you going to do, sit there and talk about each one of them? You’ve got to move forward.”
To his credit, Robinson took the blame for what he termed “the worst game of my career.”
“Bad passes,” Robinson said. “Just bad passes.”