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Posted on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 : 4:13 p.m.

Michigan football offensive coordinator Al Borges talks about Denard Robinson and a possible NFL career

By Pete Cunningham

Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges spoke with the media on Wednesday and discussed how to best use Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and the possibility of Robinson developing into an NFL quarterback.

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Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 5:17 p.m.

To MikeB, I wrote because of freedom of speech.To you David Vande Bunte.I'm a John Elway kind of Guy,and Tom Brady .Randall was ok,and Michael Vick didn't finish the year.So no they would not play for me,maybe you.The Falcons really miss Vick don't they.I like pass first,run as last resort,and so does the NFL.I beleive thats what this whole story is about my fair weather friends.

David Vande Bunte

Fri, Mar 11, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

I prefer the Elway/Brady type QBs point was that even if they aren't your specific cup of tea, Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick were/are at least moderately successful NFL players. Both were exceptional mobile threats in college, with detractors claiming they would never make it in the NFL. All I am saying is lets let Denard actually turn pro and give it his best before we declare an NFL career an impossibility.


Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

I agree totally D21..I found this on the NCAA website,on the infractions page under Glossary of terms... This should be imposed on that school in ohio....We should stand up for integrity in college sports,and tell the NCAA how you feel.. Committee on Infractions (COI): Each NCAA division has its own Committee on Infractions. The committees are independent groups that assess penalties against schools and individuals who break NCAA rules. The committees are composed of lawyers, law school professors from member schools and representatives of the general public. Death Penalty: The 'death penalty' is a phrase used by media to describe the most serious NCAA penalties possible. It is not a formal NCAA term. It applies only to repeat violators and can include eliminating the involved sport for at least one year, the elimination of athletics aid in that sport for two years and the school relinquishing its Association voting privileges for a four-year period. A school is a repeat violator if a second major violation occurs within five years of the start date of the penalty from the first case. The cases do not have to be in the same sport.


Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 6:22 p.m.

There will never, ever be another "death penalty" levied in the FBS. Ever.


Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 5:55 a.m.

I for one would work for DB. This guy has done everything he said he was going to do. Never once hinted what the solution or his plans were. He did things by the book and his moral character is amazing. They way I see it is DR has 3 ways of making it into the NFL. Either he learns how to be a throwing QB , becomes a slot reciever, or decides to be a return specialist. DR has stated the whole time, he WANTS to play QB. So he has to learn to drop back and throw. If not have fun watching the game from the bench while gardner takes his place. Im really excited to see what this season brings! GO BLUE!


Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 6:21 p.m.

It just amazes me how a kid can break Michigan, Big Ten, and NCAA records as a first-year starter and people are STILL trying to bench him or get him to change positions...

Mort Goldstein

Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 3:32 a.m.

Al Borges is a double talker. This guy is confusing. Now I understand why Dave Brandon hired these guys. These guys are as confusing as Dave Brandon. Watch out DR...these guys are going to confuse you and have you running backwards. I hope these guys know what they are doing...but I question if they do. Wow, who in their right minds would work for Dave Brandon... the rookie AD.


Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 3 p.m.

I'm not confused at all, after watching the video.. pretty clear cut, Borges is not going to allow DR to get hurt running the option read every play.. having the tail backs do the majority of the rushing,and have the read option available when he needs it.. sounds like a good plan to me...


Wed, Mar 9, 2011 : 11:09 p.m.

This video confirms that Al Borges will make Denard play QB and the goal is more of a passing QB. At least until Denard and or Gardner proves who is the top QB.


Wed, Mar 9, 2011 : 9:50 p.m.

Contact the NCAA and tell em how you feel about this unholy triumvirate of AD Smith, Tressel and President Gee Whiz: The National Collegiate Athletic Association 700 W. Washington Street P.O. Box 6222 Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222 Phone: 317/917-6222 Fax: 317/917-6888 GO BLUE! HELP RESTORE INTEGRITY TO TSIO!


Wed, Mar 9, 2011 : 9:44 p.m.

There is no way DR can play QB in the NFL.He must be trying to sell a wish sandwhich to Denard.There may not be any truth to this,but i heard from people close to Denard,he was waiting to see how it went in spring ball.He may still transfer,i don't believe that.But its something to watch.

David Vande Bunte

Wed, Mar 9, 2011 : 10:59 p.m.

I bet you would have said the same thing about Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick too...


Wed, Mar 9, 2011 : 10:40 p.m.

If you don't believe it why did you write it?