Michigan Quarterback Denard Robinson Nearing Return

By Patrick Schmidt


Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is questionable to play this Saturday vs. Iowa.

The senior has missed the past two games–both Wolverines wins–but Michigan head coach Brady Hoke thinks his dual-threat could make a return to action vs. the Hawkeyes, calling Robinson day-to-day.

Junior Devin Gardner has done a fine job in Robinson’s absence, throwing two touchdown passes in each of the past two games, while throwing with greater accuracy and with more ball security than Robinson.

Gardner has even flashed some playmaking ability reminiscent of Robinson with his feet as the Detroit native has rushed for three touchdowns for a total of seven touchdowns in the last two games.

However, let there be no doubt about a possible quarterback controversy in Ann Arbor, and when Robinson is deemed healthy enough to return he will assume his position behind center and it could be as soon as this Saturday vs. Iowa.

Although, if I’m Hoke I am going to be very cautious with Robinson who has shown to be somewhat fragile and injury-prone in his tenure at Michigan and I would hold him out for one more week. This way I have him as close to 100% when the Wolverines travel to Columbus to take on the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes in two weeks.

Gardner has proved to be more than capable of producing and commanding a huddle in wins over Minnesota and Northwestern, and Iowa is currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak, so I will take my chances Gardner can lead the team to another win.

However, I fully expect to see Robinson back on the field when the two teams kick off Saturday from the Big House.

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and an avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com airing live on Wednesday mornings from 8-10. View his show’s website here.

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