Denard Robinson starts at tailback in final home game; Desmond Morgan out
ANN ARBOR -- Denard Robinson did not start at quarterback in the final home game of his storied Michigan career.
But he did start.
Robinson was at tailback for the first snap of Saturday's game against Iowa. He took a handoff from Devin Gardner on the play, rushing 3 yards on a sweep to the right.
He caught a pass on the next play for 4 yards, then lined up at quarterback after taking a brief break on the sideline.
It was Robinson's first start at a position other than quarterback.
Robinson hadn't started the past two weeks due to a nerve injury in his throwing elbow. Coach Brady Hoke said this week he wouldn't be opposed to getting Robinson a ceremonial final snap against Iowa, but the senior received much more than that.
Robinson also got one last chance to wave goodbye to the fans to whom he endeared himself the past four years. He was the last of Michigan's seniors to be honored before Saturday's game against Iowa, but received the loudest ovation.
He embraced coach Brady Hoke for a moment, then waved. And, of course, he was smiling.
Redshirt junior defensive lineman Nathan Brink joined the seniors on the field for the celebration, indicating he will not return for his final year of eligibility. He has not played since the Notre Dame game with an undisclosed injury.
Starting weak-side linebacker Desmond Morgan did not dress due to an undisclosed injury. The sophomore left last week's game against Northwestern and didn't return.
Hoke has not addressed the injury, although Michigan Radio reported during the game that Morgan had trouble with his balance and "got his bell rung."
Morgan missed one other game this season, sitting out against UMass with a head injury. True freshman James Ross, who started for Morgan against UMass, was back in the lineup against Iowa.
Morgan has 67 tackles this year, second on the team.