The running? Rich Rodriguez wants his quarterbacks to carry less
Michigan quarterbacks Tate Forcier, Denard Robinson and Nick Sheridan combined for 23 rushing attempts in last week's season-opening win over Western Michigan. That's more than Terrelle Pryor, Juice Williams and Darryl Clark combined, and more than Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez wants going forward.
"That’s probably more than we’re accustomed to," Rodriguez said. "We probably gave more, particularly to Denard in the first game, just so they would get the experience."
Robinson finished with a team-best 74 yards on 11 carries. Forcier also had 11 rushes for 37 yards. Carlos Brown led all Michigan running backs with 10 carries for 54 yards.
Quarterbacks carried the ball on 46 percent of Michigan's rushing plays (23 of 50). Illinois (42 percent) was the only other Big Ten team to use its quarterback on more than a quarter of its attempts.
Rodriguez said some of last week's runs came on broken passing plays, something he doesn't want to discourage in his young signal callers.
"By the time it gets after your third read, I’d rather you take off and your fourth read is running," Rodriguez said. "You want to keep your quarterback's eyes downfield, I think that’s important. But I think it’s important his eyes are downfield so he knows whether to run it or throw it. And if he can keep positive yards and get out of negative plays in the passing game if everybody’s covered, than that’s a good thing."