Michigan Football: Denard Robinson Should Not Throw a Pass in 2013 Outback Bowl

Ian BergCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs with the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Denard Robinson has been pushed to the bench since his injury in October with the help of Devin Gardner’s arm. 

There is a unique ground attack that comes with Robinson, but it isn’t enough to put him in the starting role at quarterback for Michigan heading into the bowl game. He has filled in at running back in the past two games and done really well. 

Leave him there. 

There is no reason for Robinson to run a fake pass or trick play. If the Wolverines want to use his talents, let him carry the football and that’s it. 

Devin Gardner has earned his stripes in his four games leading this team and has earned every throw in the coming bowl contest. He is the best option that the Wolverines have at quarterback and has made much better decisions with the football than Robinson did as a starter.

Gardner took over for Robinson after the injury and has since thrown for 200 or more yards in three games in addition to eight touchdown passes. Gardner was not his best against Ohio State, but he kept Michigan in the game. 

Robinson threw nine touchdowns and nine interceptions in eight games. He also earned 1,319 yards through the air. His stats are slightly better than Gardner’s in yards, but he has five more interceptions and only one more touchdown in four more games as a starter. 

Through eight games as the starting quarterback, Robinson only completed 53.6 percent of his passes. In three games, he threw more interceptions than touchdowns. 

Michigan is facing a very talented and stingy South Carolina football team that will put the Wolverines in a number of uncomfortable positions on offense. If Robinson is given the chance to throw, he will give the game away to the talented Gamecocks secondary. 

This is a team in need of a bowl win in Tampa and walking off with more than a free Bloomin Onion is in the cards for the Wolverines if they focus on Gardner as quarterback. 

Denard Robinson has played himself out of the position and stands no chance of filling a quarterback role on an NFL roster in the future. His best shot is as a ball-carrier and dynamic utility player. He fills the position well and has helped the Michigan offense in two games in that role. 

The Wolverines match up well against South Carolina, but only with Robinson getting the ball as a running back.