Denard Robinson has cut out the 'Little Debbie' snacks, gotten into the best shape of his career
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
One: He has the potential to score six points just about every time he touches the ball.
Two: He's had the potential to leave the game due to injury, just about every time he's taken a hard hit.
This summer, Robinson says he's done everything he can off the field to amplify No. 1 and lessen No. 2 at the same time.
And that process, he says, began at the snack counter.
"I never (used) to pay attention to what I ate," Robinson said. "I'm probably the biggest junk food eater ever. I'm like Lamar Odom when it comes to stuff like that.
"It'd be all candy, all Little Debbie snacks. All the bad stuff."
While it seems Robinson hasn't completely tossed aside any guilty pleasure of following Odom's famous candy-consuming "Keeping up with the Kardashians" lifestyle, he has gotten rid of the junk food.
The senior quarterback said Michigan strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman has put an added emphasis on taking care of his body at all times. Not just during the days he's in the gym working out, but also when he's at home -- especially on weekends.
As a result, Robinson believes he's in the best playing shape of his career.
And Brady Hoke agrees.
"He's worked real hard with fundamentals and mechanics," Hoke said. "But his conditioning level, probably, is the highest it's been since he's been here.
"(He's doing) everything it takes."
Robinson's electric career has been plagued by periodic bouts with injury. Nothing's been overly serious, but he's never made it through a full season without missing snaps her or there due to a bump or bruise.
Last season, he was forced to miss game action due to injury on four separate occasions -- at Northwestern, at Michigan State, at Iowa and at Illinois.
Those numbers were down significantly from 2010, when he missed parts of 10 regular season games.
Last fall, he said he did a better job of allowing his body to recover from week-to-week. But this summer, he says he's gone one step further.
"I had to get up (in weight), so I could take the hits and the impact," he said. "Coach Wellman is a great guy, he's got us eating right and making sure we take care of our bodies all the time."
Robinson estimates he's put on five pounds of solid weight, and should begin the season at an even 200 pounds.
He's averaged 18.3 carries per game since the start of the 2010 season, and no matter what anyone might say, those numbers aren't likely going to dip this season.
He'll be asked to carry the ball. He'll be asked to take hits. And he'll be asked to stay healthy.
With one more season left in the tank, Robinson says he's prepared to do all three.
"I feel like I need to get better," he said. "I don't want to be the same player I was my freshman year, my sophomore year or my junior year.
"I want to get better."