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Denard Robinson to appear on more kickoff returns? ‘It’s a possibility’

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Coaches will typically say that they have to find as many ways as possible to get the football in the hands of their best players. For Michigan, Denard Robinson gets the ball every play as a quarterback, but coach Brady Hoke is still experimenting with his senior. During last week’s win over Michigan State, Robinson appeared on a kick return.

That may not be a one-time thing. Hoke said Thursday on 97.1 The Ticket that “it’s a possibility” Robinson will continue to be on the field for kick returns this weekend against Nebraska (and beyond).

“You got a pretty good athlete in a guy who, if he can find a seam, he’s hard to catch,” Hoke said in the interview. “You might as well use your players. The objective is, when you’re in championship-game mode every week, to win the game. So how can you prepare your team and your players to win the football game?”

It’s an interesting move (or, a mind game) on Hoke’s part. In theory, yes, you want to find as many ways as possible to put your most dangerous weapon in a position to make a play. That’s Robinson, and it’s not like he projects as a quarterback in the NFL. Robinson’s going to have to make the move away from center at some point in his post-collegiate career — why not see if he can impress scouts with his versatility?

But Robinson is also Michigan’s most valuable player on offense, and exposing him to any more hits — it’s not like Shoelace is the biggest player out there — could sideline him when the Wolverines need him most. How would Hoke deal with that consequence?

“Well I never hear the end of stuff anyway, so it doesn’t matter.”

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20 Responses to “Denard Robinson to appear on more kickoff returns? ‘It’s a possibility’”
  1. bobulated says: Oct 25, 2012 11:46 AM

    That’s kind of Hoke to get him ready for what he’ll probably end up doing in the pros; return man and slot WR.

  2. thraiderskin says: Oct 25, 2012 11:46 AM

    Well that is where he belongs… so that does make sense.

  3. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:52 AM

    Hoke is preparing him to play for the Jets

  4. dmvtransplant says: Oct 25, 2012 12:09 PM

    @ bobulated
    @ thraiderskin

    It’s lazy racially charged crap like that is the reason why untalented White QBs make up NFL rosters and Black QBs that aren’t Warren Moon get cut right away. Keep saying Bull like that, your only helping the Brady Quinn’s & Jimmy Clausen’s of the world. I’m sure Matt Leinart & John Beck thank you for your opinion.

  5. overratedgators says: Oct 25, 2012 12:18 PM

    @dmv: do you have to wear a back brace to help hold up that massive chip on your shoulder?

  6. burm61 says: Oct 25, 2012 1:55 PM

    How is that racially based? Yeah you clown and I’m offended when the Jags put Matt Jones at WR

  7. fcmlefty1 says: Oct 25, 2012 2:05 PM

    Hokes responsibility, first and foremost as a university employee, is to prepare these young men for the rest of their lives. Denards best chance at making a successful NFL career is probably to follow the same blueprint that Josh Cribbs used to get in the league. It makes sense for Hoke to do this, and dare I say it, its his responsibility as a university employee to do so.

  8. paulhargis53 says: Oct 25, 2012 2:27 PM


    39 tds 29 ints 54% comp. rate.

    It’s not racism, its bad quarterbacking is what it is.

    He’s a great runner. But as a QB, hes a great running back.

    I’m tired of people screaming racism at the drop of a hat.

  9. paulhargis53 says: Oct 25, 2012 2:28 PM

    Those numbers are his career numbers at Michigan….

  10. barnesaintnoble says: Oct 25, 2012 2:29 PM

    Racially charged? You’re not reading between the lines, you’re flat out just making stuff up between the lines. The comments you are commenting on are about as racially charged as Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup. Get over your opinions and learn to read only what is written.

  11. thraiderskin says: Oct 25, 2012 2:39 PM

    @DMV, your throwing the race card at me because I said that is where Robinson’s skill set best suits him? Please, show me, no teach me how my comment was somehow racially charged. Robinson does not throw a tight spiral, he doesn’t have the arm to make half the throws most QBs can, he does not read defenses, he is a poor decision maker and short. What he does have is incredible speed, ball carrying vision, elusiveness and god-given athletic talent. If you don’t agree with my assessment, tell me how. Don’t pull the race card BS, because that crap doesn’t scare me and it won’t shut me up about the subject. Using the race card makes you a coward with no “real” argument on the subject. This might work in modern politics, scaring people quiet with the threat of racism, but it doesn’t work with me. Denard Robsinson doesn’t have what it takes physcilly, nor mentally to be a good QB, he is little more than a great weapon.

  12. thraiderskin says: Oct 25, 2012 2:43 PM

    Pardon my spelling and grammatical errors.

  13. sinister23 says: Oct 25, 2012 4:28 PM

    Paul….that’s no TOTALS…gotta add his rushing TDS. Your such a lame pathetic hater

  14. paulhargis53 says: Oct 25, 2012 5:25 PM

    Those are his PASSING stats, hence the completion % stat.
    Also I said as a QB- hes a great running back.
    He sucks as a passer, that’s what I’ve said here and on the ND that I schooled you on.
    I’m not a hater, I’m a realist. I’m also not completely biased like you are.

    Go away sausage wallet, you are a homeristic know nothing.

  15. sinister23 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:21 PM

    Paul…. Robinson has already threw for more TDs than Tom Brady did in his college career.

    He will end his career with 100 touchdowns ( pass and rush..he’s at 90)

    Dudes a winner, a competitor…electrifying and exciting.

    Your just a pathetic, sad, ignorant hater.

  16. polegojim says: Oct 25, 2012 11:26 PM

    Exactly right… show case his NFL future…
    Plus, you’ll see some reverses and tosses.

    Nice Job Coach Hoke.

    Go BLUE!

  17. paulhargis53 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:38 PM

    Dumb Dumb. Brady only started for 2 years, and besides that, he was average in college.

    What your not getting through your pea brain is that he is not a good QB. He’s a great athlete, hrs just not a good passer.

    That’s not hating, that’s a fact. He’s not a QB at the next level. He’s Terrelle Pryor 2.0. I know you go from 6 to midnight in your pants over him, but that doesn’t mean hes a good QB.

    On a side note, your obsession with me, while flattering, is creepy.

    Go find someone else to poke your fartbox, I’m not interested.

  18. dkhhuey says: Oct 26, 2012 12:58 PM

    Well if he does put Denard back to field kick off and punts – then my quesiton is answered: Flounder Hoke is as dumb as he looks!

  19. cweez2 says: Oct 26, 2012 1:33 PM

    Nebraska’s crappy KR coverage aside, I don’t know if I want the linchpin of my offense to be exposed to a Daimian Stafford or Eric Martin hit.

  20. buckeye94 says: Oct 26, 2012 2:24 PM

    As a buckeye fan I don’t like that team up north buts let’s be realistic if your qb is your return man what happens when he takes that big hit that ends his game day? You’d be screwed that’s what

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