Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson speaks 'Florida' ... and his teammates are fluent with his fast talking
There might not be a quarterback in the history of college football who could beat Denard Robinson in a foot race.
His mouth isn't far behind.
Junior guard Patrick Omameh said Robinson speaks so quickly in the huddle, he used to have a hard time understanding the play calls.
“He just has to do everything fast, and I don’t know why,” Omameh said. “I think we’ve kind of adapted to his I guess, uh method of speaking. We say he be speaking Florida.”
Robinson is a soft-spoken junior from Deerfield Beach, Fla., although he's become more vocal as his stature on the team has risen.
He burst onto the national scene last year with a big opener against Connecticut, but it was his performance the following week against Notre Dame that made him a fixture in the Heisman Trophy discussion.
As Michigan (1-0) prepares to face the Irish a year later (8 p.m. Saturday, ESPN), much has changed for the junior quarterback, including the offense from which he operates.
But his teammates say he still is the same old Denard — fast talking and all.
Is Omameh fluent in Florida yet?
“I would consider myself bilingual,” he said. “I wouldn’t add it to my resume or anything, but I’m acquiring a skill-set, I’d say.”
What’s the biggest difference between English and Florida?
“It’s just real fast,” Omameh said. “Everything is just super sped up. I’m like, ‘You know, you can slow down a little bit if you want us to run the play right. But, you don’t have to.’
“I feel like speed is just his thing, I guess. Talking fast, running fast. I guess he’s just grown fond of that.”
So has everyone else — except maybe Notre Dame (0-1).
Robinson rushed 28 times for 258 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-24 win last year against the Fighting Irish, setting an NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game. He also passed for 244 yards. His 502 total yards set a Big Ten single-game record.
"Last year, Denard had too many big plays against our defense,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday during his weekly teleconference. “We'll be looking for answers toward keeping him in that realm where he doesn't take over the game.”