Not one to rule out anything that might help his team win on Saturdays, Michigan football coach Brady Hoke told 97.1 FM The Ticket's Stoney & Bill on Thursday that he may actually consider featuring quarterback Denard Robinson as a kick returner in the coming weeks.
"It’s a possibility," Hoke said on his weekly local radio segment. "You got a pretty good athlete with a guy that is hard to catch if he finds a seam. You might as well use your players."
Robinson lined up on the return team in a surprise twist against Michigan State last Saturday, creating a massive response from Michigan fans who were either intrigued or bewildered by the possibilities. The 6'0 senior quarterback is one of the most explosive players in America when he is given an open field to work with, and could theoretically be given a shot as a returner in the NFL after he finishes school.
The chance of injury, however, makes this a dangerous proposition for Hoke and the Wolverines. Denard may very well be the most explosive player on the roster, but losing him to an injury on a non-offensive play would be an extremely hard situation to fathom for fans. Risky or not, the Michigan coaching staff may eventually find it too hard to pass up the chance to let Robinson try his luck in the return game before he graduates.