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The duel for Denard
Wolverines, Gators battled nearby UCF for prospect who wanted to play QB
Updated: December 27, 2012, 5:10 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein WolverineNation
Editor’s note: Denard Robinson declined an interview request through Michigan for this story. All quotes from him are from prior public appearances or other publications when cited.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Denard Robinson will leave Michigan next week as one of the most dynamic players in school history. He set school and conference quarterback rushing records and dazzled defenders with his agility and speed.
His route to the school, though, mirrored some of the same questions in his college career.
“I was told I couldn’t play college football. I was told I couldn’t play college quarterback,” Robinson said at the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon in July. “I was told I was too short. I was told I couldn’t make it at a school like Michigan.”
He did, but his path to being a Michigan commit was a long and winding one.
Part I: Robinson becomes a prospect
After throwing for 1,961 yards and rushing for 428 more along with 19 total touchdowns his junior season, colleges started to notice the quarterback at Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School.
The biggest question, and it has dogged Robinson throughout his high school and college career, was where best to use him. Was he a quarterback? A running back/wide receiver? A defensive back?
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December 28, 2012
Jake Ryan keeps on growing
Redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan heard these words from former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy in his address to the team yesterday: “Don’t be ordinary.” No worries there.
Ryan has been anything but ordinary in his rise as one of the Big Ten’s better defenders this year. The second-team All-Big Ten performer – whom linebackers coach Mark Smith insists should have been first team – racked up some significant numbers.
Heading into the Outback Bowl, he’s posted 84 tackles for the Wolverines, including four sacks and 14.5 tackles-for-loss. He’s forced three fumbles, and made his presence known throughout, getting tabbed as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week in mid-October.
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