Denard Robinson a fan of Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, says Michigan will have its hand full
ANN ARBOR -- Denard Robinson won't play a snap against Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson on Saturday.
But that doesn't necessarily mean he won't be watching.
"I watched their spring game, and I figured he'd be their starter after I saw that," Robinson said of the Notre Dame redshirt freshman earlier this week. "He can throw the ball well and he can move around pretty well.
"Our defense has a tough task."
When Robinson thinks you're a dual-threat, it's safe to say you probably are.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Golson won the Notre Dame starting job over last year's front-runner Tommy Rees earlier this month, and now has the Fighting Irish off to their first 3-0 start in 10 years.
His sample size isn't huge, but he's already impressed Robinson -- and the Michigan coaching staff -- with his ability to create plays in and out of the pocket, while also maintaining a sense of poise throughout.
"His poise, how he handled the offense (last week against Michigan State was impressive)," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "I haven't really seen him much before, but I think he's got a good arm, mechanically he's pretty good.
"And he's got the ability to be elusive and run the ball."
Golson is known as a player who can make things happen with his feet, but so far this year, he really hasn't -- at least in terms of rushing yards. Through three games, he's rushed for -11 yards. However, that doesn't mean he can't move.
His 36-yard touchdown pass to John Goodman last Saturday came after he kept the play alive by running out of the pocket and throwing back against the grain. Notre Dame's other score? A six-yard run by Golson that came after a pass play broke down, and he was able to break contain for the touchdown.
"If you’ve seen the first three games, we haven’t looked great if the quarterback has scrambled," Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said earlier this week. "But I know the speed at which we have to play against Denard -- puts pressure on you every day.
"I would think that would help us when you get into a game like this.”
While Golson doesn't seem to be anywhere near as elusive as Robinson -- at least not yet -- players generally maintain that having to chase their own quarterback around in practice every day does help prepare them for mobile quarterbacks.
In fact, it might actually over-prepare them.
"In my mind, I'm his teammate, but (Robinson) is the best guy to go against in practice," Michigan senior cornerback J.T. Floyd said. "As far as learning how to (defend mobile quarterbacks)."
Michigan's already been impressed with Golson's ability early this season.
Now it just has to contain him.