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Denard Robinson played quarterback for three and a half seasons at Michigan. After an elbow injury sidelined him late this season, he logged time in more of a running back role.

But Robinson won't be playing primarily quarterback or running back later this month at the Senior Bowl. He's heading to Mobile, Ala., as a wide receiver.

The Senior Bowl confirmed Robinson's attendance late Wednesday afternoon and classified the Michigan star as a wide receiver. Robinson recorded just three receptions for 31 yards with the Wolverines -- all this season. He set the NCAA record for career rush yards by a quarterback with 4,495 and had 6,250 career pass yards with 49 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. There has been some recent talk about Robinson playing cornerback at the next level, but wide receiver always looked like the most likely landing spot for "Shoelace." This announcement hardly comes as a surprise.

ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper has projected Robinson as a pro wide receiver for months and currently has Robinson as the nation's No. 5 senior wide receiver . Kiper likens Robinson to former Indiana star quarterback Antwaan Randle El, who played wide receiver in the NFL.

Robinson is the first Michigan player confirmed to be attending the Senior Bowl, although full rosters haven't been announced.

Denard Robinson Record Watch

December, 28, 2012
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Robinson/WhiteUS PresswireDenard Robinson needs 86 yards to surpass Pat White's FBS QB rushing record.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- This is it, Denard Robinson's last chance to set records at college, to move up among Michigan's career leaders.

And one final chance to set the record he likely would be most associated with if he broke it -- the FBS career quarterback rushing mark.

Here's a look at what Robinson needs to set that mark -- and a brief glance back at some of the records he already has:

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Top 5 moments: Robinson sets record

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This week, WolverineNation will look at the five most critical moments of Michigan's 2012 football season (bowl excluded). These aren't necessarily positive or negative moments, but the five moments that most impacted this football season.

No. 5 -- Countess injured

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It came at the end of a blowout, with Michigan’s win against Purdue already guaranteed. And the quarterback who consistently pushed individual accolades aside for team success would have another record all to himself.

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Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesMichigan's QB Denard Robinson had a memorable day against Purdue.
On Oct. 6, Denard Robinson passed former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El to become the Big Ten’s career quarterback rushing leader, also moving him to fourth in FBS history -- the No. 4 most critical moment of Michigan’s season.

“I don’t even think about it,” Robinson told reporters three days after he broke the mark. “I just go out and play football and have fun with the team and try to enjoy this year.”

Robinson’s season ended up being not as enjoyable as he probably hoped -- more on that later this week -- but the Big Ten quarterback rushing record is one of the bigger records Robinson set in his career.

With one game to go in his college career, Robinson has gained 4,395 yards, annihilating Randle El’s mark of 3,895 yards. He still has a shot at Pat White’s FBS quarterback rushing record of 4,480 yards, needing 86 yards to pass White for the record.

He likely would have passed White already -- and had potential shots at more Big Ten and Michigan records -- but an injury to his throwing elbow cost him two-and-a-half games during Big Ten season and turned him into somewhat of a part-time player in the final two games of the regular season.

In many ways, Robinson holding this record in the Big Ten is fitting. His first play from scrimmage in college was an electrifying touchdown run. His most memorable plays -- save for a game-winning touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree to beat Notre Dame in 2011 -- have always been with his feet.

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Denard Robinson Record Watch 

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As Denard Robinson continues through his final season at Michigan, the senior quarterback continues to climb among the career leaders at his school, in his conference as well as all of FBS.

Last week, Robinson passed former Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick for third place in career quarterback rushing yards and former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long for seventh place in Big Ten history in career all-purpose yards.

Below is where Robinson stands with records he has a chance -- even if it is remote in some cases -- of setting with anywhere between five and seven games left in his career.

FBS CAREER QUARTERBACK RUSHING YARDS:

1. Pat White, West Virginia (2005-08): 4,480 yards.

  • Total yards Robinson needs to pass White: 352.
Denard Robinson qualified for the 40-40 club against Illinois on Saturday, one as rare as its baseball counterpart.

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Doug Benc/Getty ImagesDenard Robinson now has something in common with Tim Tebow.
In baseball, the 40-40 club belongs to members who accumulate 40 stolen bases and 40 home runs in a season, and it has four members. In college football, the 40-40 is a career accomplishment -- quarterbacks who have amassed 40 rushing touchdowns and 40 passing touchdowns.

Robinson became the eighth member of that group against the Illini.

Here is that group, half of whom played in the Midwest:

  • Antwaan Randle El, Indiana (1998-2001): 44 rushing touchdowns; 42 passing touchdowns.

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Denard Robinson Record Watch 

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Michigan HuddleSandra Dukes/US PresswireDenard Robinson has four 100-yard rushing games this season, two in which he surpassed 200.
As Denard Robinson continues through his final season at Michigan, the senior quarterback continues to climb among the career leaders at his school, in his conference as well as all of FBS .

Below is where Robinson stands with records he has a chance -- even if it is remote in some cases -- of setting with anywhere between six and eight games left in his career.

FBS CAREER QUARTERBACK RUSHING YARDS:

1. Pat White, West Virginia (2005-08): 4,480 yards.

  • Total yards Robinson needs to pass White: 448.

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Robinson and the Big Ten record book 

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Michigan junior quarterback Denard Robinson will likely be at or near the top of the Michigan record book by the time his career is over. He may even snare an NCAA career record.

But what about in the Big Ten? It is possible he'll be in the top 10 in a multitude of categories in the league as well.

Here we break down where he currently stands, who is next on the list what he'd need to average through 14 games to set the record (giving Michigan the benefit of the doubt of reaching a bowl next season but not necessarily the Big Ten championship game), his likeliness to set or tie the record and a guess where he'll eventually end up. This will be career marks only.

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