You can’t argue that Denard Robinson is the most dynamic and explosive player in college football any time he steps on the field and straps on his helmet. Now, with the emergence of Devin Gardner at quarterback, Robinson is making a different impact on the game in his final season at Michigan.
Ohio State will have to prepare for the threat of Gardner and Robinson on the field together at the same time. Robinson’s role last week against Iowa was different from any time before, except he was still running away from defenders like he always does.
As he returned from an arm injury, Robinson started the game at tailback. He ended up seeing time at receiver and lining up under center for some designed runs. It must be fun for offensive coordinator Al Borges to have a player like Robinson who can play any position on the field. It allows him to design unique plays to get the ball in “Shoelace” hands.
The Buckeyes are very familiar of what Robinson is capable of, as he rushed for 170 yards and threw for 167 yards to go along with five touchdowns last year in Ann Arbor against OSU.
This year, Urban Meyer and his staff will also have to account for Gardner, who has lifted Michigan’s passing game in recent weeks. With both him and Robinson on the field together, they’ll have to prepare for a number of possibilities for the Wolverines offense.
With this being a rivalry game, and the first between Hoke and Meyer, watch out for any trick plays from Michigan’s offense. Big Blue will attack a Buckeye defense who has given up over 20 points to four teams with losing records this season, including 49 to Indiana.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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