Another Denard Robinson B1G Media Days Interview

Another Denard Robinson B1G Media Days Interview

Submitted by MGoShoe on July 30th, 2011 at 1:38 PM

GBW has posted this (non-paywalled) transcript of a roundtable interview with Denard Robinson at the Big Ten Media Days.

Lots of the same type of questions you've been seeing, but it's worth a read.

Question: What has Coach Borges said about the process of when a play is developing you should decide when to take off and when to run; what is his philosophy about that?

Denard Robinson: “Do not force it. Don’t force it across the middle, don’t force anything. If a man is not open just take off.”

Question: Is there a lot of room for you to improvise in this offense?

Denard Robinson: “Oh yeah. It is basically a broken play. If a broken play happens, you got to take off that’s probably one of the hardest plays to defend is a broken play.”

Question: Will there be more of a variety of throws that you’ll make in this offense as opposed to last year?

Denard Robinson: “Yeah. We did a lot of routes last year. We’ll have some different routes from last year.”

Question: Coach Borges said he was going to keep some of the spread elements in this offense. How much have they kept? Is it enough that it is going to give you some room to run at times and keep the ball as well?

Denard Robinson: “Oh yeah. It is a lot. It is a good deal.”

Question: Being under center rollouts and bootlegs are things and stuff like that are things they can do, run/pass type option make defenses kind of afraid of you out there on the edge?

Denard Robinson: “We was just talking about that. We might do it. We might not. It really doesn’t matter.”

Question: How do you think you’ve gotten better with passing this summer?

Denard Robinson: “Being patient and not rushing.”

Question: Did Coach Borges show you film from San Diego State or anything like that to show you what they did and what they expect of you?

Denard Robinson: “Oh yeah.”

Question: Is that when you watch film primarily is that it? You obviously do not watch film from last year, do you? What other films do you look at?

Denard Robinson: “He showed me some film when he was at Auburn. He showed us some film from San Diego State. He shows us that and tells us what we should do and shouldn’t do.”

Question: How much are you in there watching film?

Denard Robinson: “A lot.”


Borges Says DRob Will be a +1,000 Yd Rusher in His Offense

Borges Says DRob Will be a +1,000 Yd Rusher in His Offense

Submitted by MGoShoe on February 2nd, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Are you still thinking that Al Borges isn't devising an offense to take advantage of Denard's wheels?

Think again:

PeterCBigelow Michigan off coord. Al Borges doesn't see Denard Robinson running for 1,700 yards in this system. "More like 1,000 maybe 1,200," he said.
PeterCBigelow Borges just says the system won't call for Denard to run as often.

Deerfield Beach & DRob: The Backstory

Deerfield Beach & DRob: The Backstory

Submitted by MGoShoe on November 25th, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Pete Bigelow's latest offering at is a backstory on Denard Robinson and his hometown of Deerfield Beach, Florida.   

From family members and long-time coaches to people who have only known him a short time, [Denard] Robinson evokes feelings that run deeper than whatever promise he holds on a football field. If there’s someone who personifies what Deerfield Beach hopes for its community, it’s Robinson.

Like Deerfied Beach, on this Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks that Denard has found a second home in Ann Arbor allowing his gifts to be developed and put to best use. It didn't have to turn out this way, but it has. And that's because a a strong family, supported by dedicated educators and youth and school coaches helped to produce a high character, humble, and physically gifted student-athlete.

DRob Named Big Ten Offensive POW for 3rd Time

DRob Named Big Ten Offensive POW for 3rd Time

Submitted by MGoShoe on October 4th, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Not a big surprise, but Denard Robinson has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Indiana.  This is the third award in five weeks for DRob.  According to Scott Chipman of the Big Ten:

BigTenScott @nicoleauerbach Big Ten record for offensive POW in a season is five, set by OSU QB Troy Smith when he won Heisman in 2006.

Add this distinction to the list of records or honors that DRob is on pace to set.

MSU WR/KR/PR Keshawn Martin was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Wisconsin in which he compiled 190 all-purpose yards, including a 74-yard punt return TD.  Obviously defending Martin and his return game is a major key for Michigan against MSU on Saturday.

[Edit: Crazy DRob stat of the day]

BigTenScott BIG TEN NOTES: MICH QB Denard Robinson ranks third in Big Ten history for single-season rushing yards by a QB - after just five games

BigTenScott One more note on Denard Robinson - his 905 rushing yards trails only IND's Antwaan Randle El, who had 1,270 in 2000 and 964 in 2001.

Observation: Will Denard get preferential treatment by officials with his newfound status?

Observation: Will Denard get preferential treatment by officials with his newfound status?

Submitted by Firstbase on September 13th, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I've been thinking about this a bit. I recall one play where an ND player hit DRob after a pass with his hands to Denard's face. 

I wonder now if the refs will be tempted to protect Denard a bit more with his rise to national prominence, or will they consider him a virtual running back and an open target?

Denard Robinson's Progression

Denard Robinson's Progression

Submitted by Muttley on January 3rd, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Without the benefit of a spring camp, Denard Robinson was clearly not ready to play QB, but for his ridiculous speed and running threat.

As there is only so much time in the coaches' day during fall camp and during the season, and the coaches' need to focus on the current season, I'm guessing that Denard didn't get the level of tutelage that he'll be receiving this off season.

Other than the 15 days of spring camp, what is allowed as to watching film with the coaches, etc. to increase Denard's on field awareness. (Tate also needs this badly, but just an order-of-magnitude less than DRob. It seems to me that there might be some low hanging fruit with DRob if the coaches are allowed to devote the time to him.)

Perhaps Nick Sheridan has a role to play here. (Coaching, not playing, in a do-as-I-say-type role.)


Denard's TD run #10 on Sportscenter Top 10 plays from the weekend

Denard's TD run #10 on Sportscenter Top 10 plays from the weekend

Submitted by Tim Waymen on September 7th, 2009 at 2:33 PM

In a weekend filled with an unbelievable amount of incredible plays, including about 5 from the ridiculous Giants' Brewers game, Denard's TD run was #10 in Sportscenter's top 10. My personal favorite was Koger's amazing yet meaningless one-handed catch in the 4th quarter, but Denard's will do.

Other notables:
Baylor's trick play TD against Wake Forest at #9
John Senden's double eagle
Toledo WR escaping 3 Purdue tacklers en route to TD
2nd baseman or SS stopping ball behind 2nd base and throwing batter out at first from the ground
Sandoval's incredible full-extension catch in LF in Giants-Brewers at #3. I know this post is full of hyperbole, but that could possibly be one of the most amazing catches in baseball that I have ever seen, no exaggeration. Seriously.
Triple play from Giants-Brewers at #1

Notable plays left out:
Dez Bryant's sexy diving catch TD
Dustin Pedroia's over-the-shoulder catch + throw to 2nd base for double play on Sunday
About 15 other plays from Giants-Brewers