Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Time for Denard Robinson to earn the trust of Michigan fans

Michigan fans have struggled with just what to believe about Denard Robinson. On one hand, they acknowledge his brilliance. Who wouldn't? He is the fastest quarterback in the nation. His passing has come under extreme criticism, but there have been times when it wasn't that bad.
Last week, in a late November game against Nebraska, Robinson was brilliant in a 45-17 victory. It was the type of win over a ranked opponent and traditional power that had been missing on Robinson's resume. In that game, he had two touchdown passes, ran for two TDs and had a nice balance with a 180 yards passing and 83 rushing.
His passing numbers this season have regressed. He had a 18 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions last year; It is 15 and 14 so far in 2011. Also, his completion percentage has dropped by roughly 10 percent. Yet, he's been better down the stretch of the season. You can see where, with another bowl-season, off-season and spring practice under offensive coordinator Al Borges' system, Robinson can be truly special as a senior in 2012. There won't be any debate about it.
Yet, it's a matter of first things first. Ohio State. Michigan QBs are defined by their record against the Buckeyes in the minds of many fans.
If the Wolverines beat Ohio State Saturday, especially if Robinson has a large hand in it, the trust will surely grow.


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