Brady Hoke updates Denard Robinson's health, gives thoughts on dual-QB system
Following Michigan's 28-14 loss at Michigan State on Saturday, football coach Brady Hoke offered little information on quarterback Denard Robinson's injury status.
On Monday, it was more of the same. Hoke said Robinson's departure in the fourth quarter was due to a back bruise.
During the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday, Hoke said the junior quarterback felt better Monday and shouldn't miss any game time moving forward.
"He should be fine," Hoke said. "He was better yesterday. I think he just took a shot in the back. He's in good shape."
Robinson was sacked four times before being knocked out of the game following a late hit by Michigan State's Marcus Rush in the fourth quarter.
His day didn't end well, but didn't start much better.
Robinson had his worst game as a starting quarterback, going 9-for-24 passing for 123 yards. Michigan sophomore quarterback Devin Gardner was tossed into the game periodically, in packages with and without Robinson on the field at the same time.
Gardner was sacked three times, was credited with minus 15 yards rushing and went 3-for-7 passing for 32 yards.
Hoke firmly backed Robinson as his starting quarterback Monday. On Tuesday, he offered his thoughts on rotating signal callers.
"I don't think anyone is a big fan, but I've also seen it work," he said.
Hoke pointed to Northwestern as an example of a positive two-quarterback system. The Wildcats have used packages this season that involve senior quarterback Dan Persa and sophomore Kain Colter. Colter was used as a wide receiver earlier this season against Michigan, and also as a straight option quarterback.
Hoke gave no indication of further rotation plans for Robinson and Gardner. But didn't really rule the concept out, either.
"There's something to be said for it to a certain degree," he said. "Maybe if you want to get a guy out for a series and let someone else take a couple shots in there.
"It works for different people different ways. Really, it's about where you're at in your program."
Michigan is in the midst of its bye week. The Wolverines will play host to Purdue on Oct. 29.