Has Denard Robinson hit a wall? Rich Rodriguez says no, plus Michigan's kicker job and injury report
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
Denard Robinson endured his harshest day as the Michigan football team’s starting quarterback Saturday, fumbling the ball away twice, throwing two interceptions and absorbing three of Ryan Kerrigan’s four sacks.
On the game’s key drive, he returned to form.
“He was having a tough day, but on that last drive, he was the difference,” Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said.
Ahead by four points and in need of a clock-killing drive, Robinson completed a 25-yard pass to Kevin Koger on 3rd-and-7 near midfield. On 3rd-and-9 a few plays later, Robinson scrambled 11 yards for a first down.
The drive he kept alive culminated in Stephen Hopkins' 3-yard TD run, which iced the game for the Wolverines.
Robinson finished 13 of 21 passing for 176 yards. He carried 22 times for 68 rushing yards. It was the second consecutive week Robinson had been held to less than 70 yards rushing.
“I don’t think he’s hit a wall,” Rodriguez said. “I just think he had some bad moments in the last game.” KICKING JOB REOPENS After watching kicker Seth Brokehuizen miss an extra point and a 42-yard field-goal attempt Saturday, Rodriguez said he’ll evaluate his first-team kicker again this week.
He said that Broekhuizen has been the better kicker in practices, but that it hasn’t translated to the field. On the season, Broekhuizen is 3-for-8 on field goal attempts with a long of 37 yards.
Brendan Gibbons would be Michigan’s alternative. He opened the season as the team’s starter, but went 1-for-4 before Broekhuizen replaced him.
Combined, they’re 4 for 12 on the season and 0-for-4 on attempts from beyond 40 yards.
INJURY REPORT Rodriguez said Monday he’s hopeful defensive tackle Mike Martin (ankle) and linebacker Jonas Mouton (chest) will play against Wisconsin on Saturday.
Both were late scratches against Purdue.
Right tackle Perry Dorrestein played sparingly against the Boilermakers, and is still slowed by a nagging knee injury. Mark Huyge has started three straight games, but Rodriguez said the starting job belongs to Dorrestein once he returns.
Running back Michael Shaw (head) is questionable.
“We’ll see if (Shaw) can go Saturday. He’ll go through some tests the next couple of days,” Rodriguez said.
On the other sideline, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema is unsure whether running back John Clay will play Saturday, although he’ll receive limited practice time this week.
Without him, the Badgers put up 83 points against Indiana. Rodriguez said Michigan’s preparations will not hinge upon whether Clay plays.
“They’re going to run the same plays, and their system will be the same,” he said. “Clay is an awfully big guy to get running down hill. The other guys, you’ve got to get to them quickly, especially if you are undersized a little bit like we are.”