Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has quite literally done it all this season, and can be credited as the biggest reason the Wolverines enter Saturday's showdown with Michigan State 5-0. Head coach Rich Rodriguez finally developed the weapon he needed to run his option-based offense that worked so well at West Virginia. Robinson, the early Heisman frontrunner, has accounted for 1913 of Michigan's 2822 total yards of offense on the season. Robinson has been able to accomplish all of that while sitting out three quarters of Michigan's 65-21 rout of Bowling Green with a bruised left knee.
Robinson returned on Saturday against Indiana and racked up 494 total yards and five touchdowns, including the game winning touchdown. Robinson did miss a few plays are tweaking the same knee he injured against Bowling Green, but returned to action and appeared to be fine. After all the work Robinson has done, it is not surprising to see Rodriguez limiting Robinson in practice this week.
“Yeah, he'll be a little limited, just because he’s been running so much,” coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday. "You want him 100 percent on Saturday. Denard is one you have to jerk out of there because he wants to take so many reps. He’s walking around fine. Everything is fine.”Robinson is currently the nation's leading rusher, and has already become the first player in FBS history to pass and rush for 200 yards in a game twice in a season. When the Wolverines welcome MSU to the Big House on Saturday, they will need a 110% Denard to emerge victorious. The match up between in-state rivals now has conference implications as well, with the Wolverines and Spartans being two of the four remaining undefeated teams in the Big Ten.
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