Denard Robinson shrugs off setting NCAA record for QB rushing yards
TAMPA, Fla. -- Denard Robinson set the NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback during Tuesday's loss against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
But he's not thinking about the record. He's thinking about the loss.
"I really don’t worry about the record," a hunched-over, sullen Robinson said. "I worry about winning the game, and that was the biggest thing. Winning the game."
No. 19 Michigan (8-5) fell to No. 11 South Carolina 33-28, but that certainly had little to do with Robinson.
The senior tailback -- he was, after all, primarily a tailback in his final three games -- rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries. That's an impressive feat against South Carolina (11-2), which features one of the best front sevens in the country.
Robinson is just the third player to rush for at least 100 yards against the Gamecocks this season.
In doing so, he passed former West Virginia quarterback Pat White for the all-time rushing mark. Robinson finishes his career with 723 carries for 4,495 yards -- 15 more than White.
White gained 4,480 on 684 carries for the Mountaineers from 2005-08.
The record becomes part of Robinson's growing legacy, a topic that still makes him squirm but won't stop people from debating it. How does he hope he's remembered?
"I want them to remember whatever they want to remember -- the ups, and downs," Robinson said. "I know I’m going to remember the downs, and ups. It’s always going to be a bittersweet feeling, because I’m leaving. That was my home for four years.
"I would never imagine I'd have done the things I did. I'd never imagine I'd be in the Big House with everybody wearing my jersey. You come to Michigan, our goal is to win the Big Ten, so this was a failed season. But one thing I can say, we went 100 percent every time. No regrets."
Robinson concluded his career playing mostly tailback, with some receiver and quarterback mixed in. Michigan says the yards he accrued still count toward the quarterback mark because he remains listed at that position.
Robinson said the game plan called for him to be the primary tailback, and that is where he has practiced. Vincent Smith was the only other back to receive a carry against South Carolina, getting six touches for 6 yards.
Robinson's athleticism helped him succeed where others couldn't -- showcasing what made him so great the past three years.
"The most exciting player ever to play at Michigan," defensive tackle Will Campbell said. "I mean, you’re not going to get another like that again.
"I don’t think you’ll find that for years to come."
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