spoiler alert: i linked this
Direct quote from Rodriguez; Troy Woolfolk is afraid that D-Rob holds the title of fastest player on the team.
It seems that most people would agree, myself included, that Denard will play QB and only QB this year. Well let's assume Tate starts, as most believe he will. Does D-Rob venture into other areas, such as sp. teams, maybe even some slot. I know it sounds crazy, but remember RR threw Feagin in on kickoff last year when our QB options were Threet n' out and DEATH. This year RR seems pretty high on Sheridans improvement and Forcier is God to many Michigan fans, with JForce in the mix, albeit deeply buried, and well, not even cleared yet. Do we see RR doing something similar with D-Rob? I would like to see it but who knows. It seems irrational, and the thought didn't even cross my mind until I thought of Feagin last year. So it's possible. This year will be fun no matter what.
I haven't seen this anywhere else, but did anyone else notice in the freep gallery from the first day of practice that Denard's shoe laces appear to be untied in the picture of him?
Could this be where the nickname came from? Does anyone have any insight into this?
Looks like despite not wearing pads the first day of practice, everyone else had their shoes tied. Weird.
Now, onto the title. As far as I can tell, every person on this blog (including me) expects that Denard will play this year, with most assuming a Percy Harvin type role except that he would also pass from time to time. Some brave souls ("Denard is fast!") project him as giving Tate full competition as the starter (for the record, I don't think that will happen).
But is there a chance he would redshirt? I think there is a chance, based on the following:
1- Denard = raw
2- Remember that many schools did not recruit him as a QB, including spread offense schools-see #1 above.
3- Tate by all accounts and based upon limited video, is far more polished a QB and has far more command currently of the offense. That is a serious head start on PT.
4- We have one year of Jason Forcier to utilize. While there is no future for Jason, and I don't claim he will challenge to start, there is every reason to believe that he can be at minimum, competent in a backup role if needed.
5- Is it possible that Sherideath can be competent (nothing more) this year? I think that is quite possible.
So, putting these assumptions together, what we have is one promising Freshman QB (Tate) that is likely to start, two veteran QB's that can be competent, and one raw freshman (Denard) that needs much work on throwing motion and other fundamentals.
What this spells to me is a QB situation that is FAR above where we were last year. If we have three QB's that can be competent, that beats the zero we had last year by approximately 3-0. So following this logic, would Rodriguez then conclude that a Denard Robinson, with a redshirt year of practice under his belt, is A-far more likely to be a factor next year and in future, and B- not needed at QB due to the assumptions above? Oh, and a reminder: Pat White redshirted.
This is not necessarily the future I am predicting, but I think it is a future that is possible. What do you think?
I was recently discussing/prognosticating about U-M's upcoming season with some friends, and a frightening scenario came up in conversation, a scenario that i think we all need to be prepared for.
M goes 6-6/7-5 with Tate playing most of the year and Denard seeing snaps here and there; but Tate does not really impress and is mostly just adequate while he relies on the running game. M loses to OSU, ND, and MSU, amongst other foes.
In this case will we see a wide open QB race next fall/spring with Gardner/Forcier being the main players? What would it take for Tate to crush doubt about him being the starter in 2010?
I am merely trying to keep Mgoblog active and in check. Cautious optimism is great; but we also have to be prepared for suckage, just in case.
Looking at the UM football roster for 2009, there's always some doubling up of jersey numbers. For example, QB Tate Forcier wears No. 5 on offense and DB Vlad Emilien wears No. 5 on defense.
These are the available "quarterback jersey numbers" available to incoming freshman QB Denard Robinson:
(Personally I'd love to see a QB wear this number, but I know this is a sore subject for many fellow UM fans because of the Braylon Edwards scholarship and short-term memory issues.)
Donovan Warren wears No. 6 on defense. That leaves an offensive player with an opportunity to wear it.
Steven Threet left. This number appears to be available for an offensive and defensive player in 2009.
Of course, Morgan Trent graduated. Number appears to be available for an offensive and defensive player in 2009.
Zac Combs has it for FS position. Leaves open opportunity for an offensive player. If Mr. Jason Forcier comes back, maybe he'd like it back?
Personally I'd love to see Denard wear No. 1.
But I believe it will be No. 10 or No. 6.