Denard Robinson named third team QB on preseason All-Big Ten list
Some eyebrows were raised last season when the Big Ten coaches voted Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson as the conference's offensive player of the year but didn't include him as their quarterback on their first or second teams.
(Note: The media covering the Big Ten voted Robinson as their first team quarterback after he compiled 3,959 total yards and 30 touchdowns, but the Football Writers Association of America named him a first-team all-American as a "back.")
That trend is continuing. In its Big Ten preseason all-conference team released today, Phil Steele's College Football Preview lists Robinson as the third-team quarterback, behind Dan Persa of Northwestern and Kirk Cousins of Michigan State.
Part of that prediction is likely based on the fact that Michigan coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges have said Robinson will be used differently in their pro-style offense than he was while breaking quarterback rushing records in Rich Rodriguez's spread option attack.
And a bigger part is that Persa and Cousins are pretty good quarterbacks, too.
The only Michigan player on Steele's All-Big Ten preseason first team is defensive tackle Mike Martin.
David Molk (center) and Will Hagerup (punter) are both listed on the second team.
Roy Roundtree (WR), Patrick Omaneh (OL) and Kenny Demens (LB) join Robinson on the third team.
Ryan Van Bergen (DE) is fourth team.