Be honest: When you heard Denard Robinson and De’Veon Smith were both playing running back in the AAF, you really were only excited about the former.
That’s not a knock on Smith, who rushed for over 2,200 yards in his 4-year Michigan career. It’s just that Denard is Denard. 502 total yards vs. Notre Dame Denard. Last quarterback to beat Ohio State Denard. You get it.
This week in AAF action, the two met as Smith’s Orlando Apollos visited Robinson’s Atlanta Legends. It was Smith who won the day, as he rushed 13 times for 40 and three touchdowns in a 36-6 road victory.
Smith added a two-point conversion run — his third of the season. He boosted his season total to 65 carries for 318 yards and five touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Denard mustered just two rushes for four yards. He chipped in two catches for 21 yards in the losing effort. He’s compiled 102 total yards on the ground and through the air through seven games.
Other notes for Wolverine AAF alumni:
- San Antonio defensive tackle Matt Godin has been questionable for weeks with a head injury.
- Birmingham Iron running back Ty Isaac was activated, but did not play in a 31-25 loss to the Memphis Express. Channing Stribling made two tackles for Memphis.
- Speaking of Stribling, he pointed out a Pro Football Focus tweet that showed how Michigan has produced three of the top-5 cornerbacks in college football in lowest completion percentage since 2004.
Naturally, Stribling appears on the list.