Denard Robinson, wearing winged helmet for final time, quiet in Senior Bowl loss
The former Michigan star had two catches for 22 yards and one rush for minus-3 yards in the North's 21-16 loss to the South on Saturday in the Senior Bowl.
College football's all-time quarterback rushing leader had just one touch in the first half, losing 3 yards on a reverse.
He made two nice plays in the second half. The first came on a catch at the line of scrimmage, on which he juked a defender and picked up 14 yards.
Then coming out of the 2-minute warning, Robinson beat Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford on an out route and made a nifty catch on a low throw from Miami (Ohio) quarterback Zac Dysert.
Robinson did not have a drop in the game, an issue that had plagued him throughout the week. One trouble area that did return, though, was on special teams.
Robinson fielded a kickoff late in the fourth quarter, but dropped the ball. He kneeled on it for a touchback.
He had difficultly throughout the week shagging punts and kickoffs, and was taken off those teams for Thursday's practice.
The game marks the end of a difficult week for Robinson, who scouts say lost draft positioning due to his struggles at receiver and as a return man. He also continues to be hampered by nerve damage in his elbow.
Robinson said playing in Michigan's final three games "probably" has delayed his return to health.
Robinson now will return to Ann Arbor, where he will train at Schembechler Hall with a receivers coach he has declined to name. He said he also will work with Michigan's punters and kickers to improve on special teams.
He plans to participate in next month's NFL Scouting Combine.
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