"(I was just thinking) about all the memories I've had with this team, everything we went through," Robinson said following Michigan's senior day victory. "All the ups and downs we had in this stadium. "Time went by so fast." For Robinson, Kovacs and the rest of the Michigan senior class, it really did.
Gardner, who is 3-0 as the starter, has completed 46-of-70 passes (65.7 percent) for 834 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. His average of 278.0 passing yards per game exceeds all but one of Robinson's starts this year, and would lead the Big Ten if he qualified for the rankings.
Alternate Ending - MGoBlog
Robinson trotted out onto the field with the starters not as a quarterback, but as a tailback, taking a handoff from understudy Devin Gardner for three yards. Over the course of the game, he'd accumulate 98 rushing yards on 13 carries and add two receptions-the first of his career-for an additional 24 yards, lining up everywhere from quarterback to wingback to receiver in a 42-17 victory. While it wasn't the ending anyone had hoped for, there was at least still a little of the Denard magic left, especially on a 40-yard run to end the first quarter that featured an ankle-breaking juke of Iowa safety Tanner Miller.
Luke Pasch: Introducing the just-let-Denard-do-things offense - The Michigan Daily
That’s why Borges spent last week inventing the just-let-Denard-do-things offense. Against Iowa, Robinson was a position-less football player. On the first play, he lined up in the backfield and took a handoff from junior quarterback Devin Gardner for three yards. On the next play, Gardner went through his reads and dumped it off to Robinson, who danced his way forward another four yards. Later in the drive, Robinson lined up at quarterback in the shotgun, too. Running back. Receiver. Quarterback. Borges utilized Robinson on screens, end arounds, options, even a double reverse at one point. Keeping track of where he was on the field was exhausting.
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That said, be happy with what you saw, even if it was against 2012 Iowa. Be happy that the future looks like a rising and not a setting sun. Be happy that Denard got to ride out of Michigan Stadium, not necessarily on the horse he was expecting to ride out on, but still got to ride out on his own terms. Be happy that Al Borges not only has plays drawn up for every situation, but he isn't afraid to put things on film and let Ohio stew over them for a week, even without tipping everything in his hand. Be happy that even though Fitz went down in one of the most gruesome injuries I have seen in Michigan Stadium history, Michigan has capable backups in both Thomas Rawls and...oh yeah, Denard Robinson. In a week prior to Thanksgiving, we much much to be thankful for again once more as Michigan fans.
Michigan 42, Iowa 17 - Touch the Banner
I do not like the usage of Denard Robinson. Michigan could have won this game without playing Denard Robinson. He's obviously not fully healthy, and he tweaked his elbow injury in the second quarter. The coaches obviously don't trust him to throw the ball, and tweaking the injury probably means he won't be able to throw against Ohio State, either. Yes, it was fun to watch and it gives Ohio State some other formations and plays for which to prepare, but it also potentially cost the team Robinson's throwing ability, however mediocre. I don't understand the need to unleash those plays and formations on Iowa if Michigan could have surprised the Buckeyes with those things next week.
Handling Family Business (Michigan 42, Iowa 17) - MVictors.com
Student No-Shows: OK, beside Fitz’s brutal injury there was one downer. And now I’m pissed. It’s one thing to show up late (and the ESPN opening shot from the south end zone just before kickoff was damn embarrassing) but to not show up at all? I don’t get it. Sorry youngsters, but #1000SSS should remove a section or two of student tickets and sell them to folks who are waiting for season ducats. And by the way, for what it’s worth it looks even worse from the sideline due to the slope of the stadium—it appears as though half of the students didn’t show. I can’t help but wonder how many players were shaking their winged noggins. When PA announcer Carl Grapentine executed what I think is an awesome U-M tradition—calling out for each U-M class, freshman through seniors, to sound off—it was a complete mess:
A Few Recruiting Notes 11/18 - Tremendous
Recruits on the new offense With Michigan switching to a much more traditional pro-style offense in the past few games with Devin Gardner at the helm, recruits have taken notice. They have all been told that Michigan is transitioning to a pro-style system, but seeing it actually in action is big for recruits.
Michigan 42, Iowa 17: Ferentz at the Gates of Stale - Sunday Morning Quarterback
1. Given Denard Robinson's track record at the position, I don't think it's productive to play "what if," but goodness, Michigan's offense looks like the complete package with the passing game outsourced to the arm of Devin Gardner. Robinson has always been typecast as a glorified tailback in the shotgun, anyway – that's what he was recruited to be by Rich Rodriguez – and seemed to be drifting even more inexorably in that direction before suffering the arm injury against Nebraska that's prevented him from throwing a ball over the last three weeks. Simply removing the pretense has opened up the last frontier of the offense downfield: Gardner connected on five passes covering at least 20 yards, Robinson got his with 122 as a rusher/receiver and the Wolverines went for 300 passing/200 rushing for the first time in two years under offensive coordinator Al Borges. They also scored touchdowns on each of their first six possessions, all on drives covering at least 60 yards.
What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 12 - Big Ten Blog
3. Michigan's future looks bright with Devin Gardner at QB: Denard Robinson has been the face of Michigan's program for the past two and a half seasons, and most figured the Wolverines would take a step back on offense after his graduation. The Wolverines couldn't do anything offensively against Nebraska after Robinson aggravated a nerve issue in his throwing elbow. If only Devin Gardner had been ready to step in at Memorial Stadium. Gardner has been brilliant since moving into the starting role, and he turned in an unreal performance Saturday against Iowa. The junior accounted for six touchdowns, running for three and throwing for three, as the Wolverines routed the Hawkeyes to remain perfect at home for the second straight season. He led six consecutive touchdown drives midway through the game. Gardner's presence has allowed Michigan to maximize its talent at receiver, as Jeremy Gallon, Roy Roundtree and Devin Funchess all contributed Saturday. Although Robinson, who started at tailback, is getting healthier, it's clear the future is now for the Michigan offense with Gardner, who provides the balance the Wolverines have been seeking. It'll be interesting to see how he performs this week against a much better defense in The Game, but the long-term outlook for Michigan's offense looks extremely bright, especially if Gardner gets another year of eligibility from the NCAA.
Per mlive.com, Toussaint was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery after suffering the injury in the first quarter and being stretchered off the field. Reporter Kyle Meinke wrote that Toussaint's season "is expected to be over." Michigan coach Brady Hoke declined to issue any details on the injury, saying he needed to speak to Toussaint's mother first.
Top 25 reviewed: Oregon eats its grief - SBNation.com
23. Michigan. Bye week, or played Iowa in a 42-17 rollover. Same thing.
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Off Tackle Empire
Iowa 17 at Michigan 42: Devin Gardner had another good game as the Michigan QB, and Iowa had another terrible game. The Hawkeyes are no longer in contention for a bowl game, and Michigan can still win the Legends Division. If the Wolverines can beat OSU and Nebraska loses to Iowa (ha!), then Michigan will be playing in Indianapolis.