The dual threat quarterback Denard Robinson is the only player in the history of NCAA to have run and thrown in excess of 1500 yards in a season. He also earned the BIG-10’s Offensive Player of the Year Award,
finished 6th in the Heisman trophy voting and has gained the MVP honor of the conference.
However, more than twenty carries during the regular season is bound to have its toll. With a banged up shoulder, bruised knee and concussion like symptoms, he was knocked out of the games.
Brady Hoke, the new coach who took up the position after Michigan’s awful 7-6 season got Rich Rodriguez fired, says that he doesn’t want to stunt his star player’s skills but at the same time doesn’t want him off the field. Hence, there is a new strategy in place for Robinson.
More people are going to toss the ball abound but still, Robinson will be at the center of the game with the coach along with offensive coordinator Al Borges wanting him to start and end the game. The strategy will be based on Rodriguez’s scheme and Robinson will have couple of running backs with him more often than just one.
Hoke has worked to make the defense better just as he did in the role of head coach at Ball State and San Diego State. Prior to that, he was the defensive assistant at Toledo, Michigan, Oregon State, Grand Valley State and Western Michigan.
Hope Hoke’s extensive planning works for the best for not only the star quarterback but also the team. But to really know if it is working, you will need to know your football as according to him, there are only subtle differences.