Michigan Wolverines: Exit Interview

Exit Interview: QB Denard Robinson

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BRISTOL, Conn. -- Denard Robinson set all sorts of records at Michigan. He became the NCAA's career quarterback rushing leader. He broke multiple school records.

And throughout a tumultuous three years for Rich Rodriguez in Ann Arbor, he and his former left tackle Taylor Lewan are often looked at as bright spots during that time frame. Along the way, Robinson turned into a Michigan cultural icon with his shoelaces untied and dreadlocks flapping in the wind as he raced past defenders the past four seasons.

Robinson caught up with WolverineNation at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn., last week to discuss his career.

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Exit Interview: TE Brandon Moore 

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'Exit Interview' is a concept started at WolverineNation last year where we chat with Michigan athletes not returning for next season.

Brandon Moore is the last of an era at Michigan. He was recruited by Lloyd Carr as the No. 6 tight end in the Class of 2008, signed with Rich Rodriguez and played for he and Brady Hoke -- although not as much as Moore planned.

Moore had two career catches and spent most of his senior year injured.

Q: You came into Michigan somewhat highly touted and your career had ups and downs. How do you view your career?

Exit Interview: FB Paul Gyarmati 

February, 28, 2013
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Nathan BrinkLon Horwedel/Icon SMIPaul Gyarmati (right) enjoyed his career at Michigan despite limited playing time.
'Exit Interview' is a concept started at WolverineNation last season, where we chat with players who will not be returning to Michigan next season.

Paul Gyarmati spent four years on the cusp of playing time at two positions, first as a walk-on linebacker before moving over to fullback when Brady Hoke became Michigan's coach.

He didn't record a carry during his final two seasons -- stuck behind John McColgan and then Joe Kerridge -- but played in 35 games, had four tackles and a fumble recovery.


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'Exit Interview' is a concept started last year at WolverineNation in which we chat with Michigan players who will not be returning to the Wolverines' football team next season about their careers.

Brandin Hawthorne was one of the small gaggle of players former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez recruited from Pahokee, Fla., and from the beginning, he showed potential.

A special teams stalwart, Hawthorne had 63 tackles, three tackles for loss and an interception in his career. He is now making a run at professional football.


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"Exit Interview" is a series started at WolverineNation last season in which we speak with Michigan players who are leaving the Wolverines.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nathan Brink started from the bottom as a preferred walk-on and worked his way up, the cliched story of a guy doing everything he could to be a college contributor.

Then, in an instant, it all disappeared as an injury forced Brink to retire with a year of eligibility remaining. Between his arrival and the end, he became a rotation player on the defensive line, making three tackles -- 2.5 for loss -- in 16 career games and one start.


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Exit Interview: TE Mike Kwiatkowski 

February, 21, 2013
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"Exit Interview" is a concept started at WolverineNation last year where we chat with players leaving Michigan about their experiences with the Wolverines and, in some cases, what's next.

Mike Kwiatkowski began his Michigan career like almost every other student. In the stands. As a spectator. But he eventually found his way on the team and for his final year, into the starting lineup for six games this season. He made four catches for 37 yards in his career.

WolverineNation caught up with Kwiatkowski as he prepares for a future in pharmacy.


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Exit Interview: RB Vincent Smith 

February, 19, 2013
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Vincent Smith had multiple roles at Michigan in his career, from starting running back to third down specialist. He gained 1,269 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns and caught 46 passes for 435 yards and 7 scores.

WolverineNation caught up with Smith last month as he was starting to prepare for Michigan’s Pro Day next month.


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Exit Interview: S Charlie Zeller

February, 18, 2013
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Safety Charlie Zeller played on the Michigan scout team during his entire walk-on career. According to the team website, he never recorded a statistic.

Zeller chatted about his Michigan career last month.

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Exit Interview: LS Curt Graman 

February, 15, 2013
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Curt Graman didn't play much in his career and other than a brief stint at tight end, a position he played in high school, his specialty was as a long snapper.

WolverineNation caught up with Graman last month.

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Exit Interview: Steve Wilson 

February, 14, 2013
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Steve Wilson wasn't sure he was going to play football in college, coming to Michigan as a regular student. Yet he tried out for the team, made it and ended up playing sparingly in 2012, making three tackles.

Along the way, though, he played three different positions and ended up as a versatile scout team player.

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Exit Interview: QB Jack Kennedy 

February, 12, 2013
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Jack KennedyIcon SMI, Courtesy of Ryan DoyleJack Kennedy the performer (with WR Joe Reynolds) has a brighter future than Kennedy the QB.
‘Exit Interview’ is a concept started at WolverineNation last year where we chat with players leaving Michigan about their experiences with the Wolverines and in some cases, what’s next.

Quarterback Jack Kennedy didn't play much at Michigan, with one pass completion for 7 yards and one carry for 6 yards. But Kennedy ended up fairly well known with the Wolverines not because of his play on the field, but for his ability to rap and his musical duo with Michigan wide receiver Joe Reynolds, JDK and Rey.

Q: You had a different career than most because of your music. How would you describe your career?

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Exit Interview: LS Tom Pomarico 

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Exit Interview is a feature at WolverineNation where we chat with outgoing football and basketball seniors on their time at Michigan in a Q&A format. Previous Exit Interviews live here.

Tom Pomarico played for three coaches and had a semi-unusual position: long snapper. Pomarico made four tackles in his career and started the last three years of his career as Michigan's long snapper.

Here's how Pomarico, who came to Michigan while being a Notre Dame legacy, viewed his career.

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Stuart Douglass: What's next? 

March, 29, 2012
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In addition to the exit interview WolverineNation did with former Michigan guard Stuart Douglass and the loss impact for him, we also caught up with what his plans are for the future.

Here is what's next for Douglass:

WN: So, what’s next? What’s the plan?

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Exit Interview: RB Michael Cox 

March, 20, 2012
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Exit Interview is a feature on WolverineNation where we chat with departing seniors from the football and basketball programs about their time at Michigan and what's next for them in a Q&A format.

Check out previous exit interviews right here.

Running back Michael Cox didn't play a ton during his Michigan career after being a pretty well-regarded prospect from Dorchester, Mass. The 6-foot, 214-poumd runner always threatened to make a move up the depth chart, but it never quite happened.

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Exit Interview: S Zac Johnson 

February, 27, 2012
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Exit Interview is a series at WolverineNation where we chat with departing football and basketball seniors about their time at Michigan in a Q&A format.

Previous Exit Interviews: DL Ryan Van Bergen; LB J.B. Fitzgerald; OL David Molk; TE Steve Watson; S Jared Van Slyke; DB Troy Woolfolk; OL Mark Huyge; DL Alex Schwab; DT Mike Martin; WR Martavious Odoms; TE Kevin Koger; WR Jordan Barpal; LB Brandon Herron; DL Will Heininger; CB Tony Anderson; FB John McColgan

Zac Johnson was a recruited walk-on when he arrived at Michigan to play safety for Lloyd Carr in 2007. He spent five seasons in Ann Arbor, Mich., played for three coaches and midway through his career earned a scholarship after initially turning down Division II offers out of high school.

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