Michigan football team's offense revolves around Denard Robinson, and that's OK with Rich Rodriguez
Rich Rodriguez doesn’t care one bit about the fact the Michigan football team’s offense is a one-man show.
“If we have 500 yards rushing in a game, and they all come from one guy, I don’t care,” he said Monday.
“Everybody says you can’t run your quarterback 20 times a game. Well, did they say you can’t run Barry Sanders 20 times a game? If you can handle it, you can handle it.”
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For the Wolverines’ sake, they better hope Denard Robinson can handle it.
Their star-in-the-making quarterback touched the football 68 times Saturday and accounted for 94 percent of the team’s total offense in Saturday’s 28-24 win against Notre Dame.
He ran for 258 yards and two touchdowns, and threw for 244 more and another score. Three other running backs combined for 30 yards - the only ones on the day Robinson could not claim.
At the height of his college career, Texas quarterback Vince Young amassed 84 percent of his team’s offense, the same career high that Tim Tebow reached at Florida.
Pat White, a Rich Rodriguez protÃ©gÃ© at West Virginia whom Robinson has often been compared to, never reached 80 percent in a game, according to ESPN’s Bruce Feldman.
Through two weeks, Robinson has done his best to keep the whirlwind ride at arm’s length.
“I’ve heard from my parents and my sister, and they’ve said, ‘this is the beginning and not the end. Don’t get complacent,’” said Robinson, who has gone from potential starter to Heisman Trophy candidate in a two-week span.
It's not only the outside attention he’ll need to endure.
Questions about his durability have arisen after he carried the ball 29 times in the season opener against UConn and then 28 times against Notre Dame.
Rodriguez wouldn’t say whether he’d reduce Robinson’s workload this weekend against UMass, saying only “our game plan will be whatever we need to do to win the game.”
But he said after the Notre Dame game that he’s more concerned about the number of throws Robinson makes. He completed 19 of 22 passes against UConn in the opener and went 24-for-40 in South Bend.
“We’re more worried about overthrowing in practice,” Rodriguez said. “His arm can get tired, just like a kicker’s leg can get tired. So we’re really cognizant of that.”
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