Michigan senior quarterback adjusting to "utility" role, but fully expects to take snaps at quarterback in Outback Bowl.
Michigan senior quarterback Denard Robinson, who did not throw a pass in four November games due to injury, told reporters Monday that he is throwing more frequently in recent practices. Michigan is preparing for an Outback Bowl showdown with #11 South Carolina on New Year's Day.
Robinson suffered an elbow injury in Michigan's loss at Nebraska on October 27. He subsequently missed the Wolverines' games against Minnesota and Northwestern, games in which backup quarterback Devin Gardner took command of the offense. Upon his return, Robinson's role at quarterback was reduced to running plays. Robinson also took snaps at wide receiver, his expected position in the National Football League. Consequently, Robinson went through the month of November without throwing a pass.
Many speculated that Robinson would shift to wide receiver for Michigan's bowl game in order to showcase his skills for pro scouts. Robinson, however, appears set to play both quarterback and receiver in a "utility" role. As Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reported, Robinson just wants to play:
"I'm a football player," Robinson said. "I've been playing football for I don't know how many years. I know I can play anything. When it comes down to it, it's just going out there and keep playing."
Michigan and South Carolina the 19th Outback Bowl at 1:00 ET on January 1. Television coverage will be available on ESPN.