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Region Series Quick Hits: East 

June, 12, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Quick Hits is a look at the must-know facts for each region in regard to Michigan and its football recruiting efforts. It will give you an idea of the Wolverines’ history in that region, as well as what one can expect from that region over the next few seasons.

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Braylon EdwardsTom Pidgeon/Getty ImagesHaving Braylon Edwards on the 2013 Michigan football team would provide a big receiver who can make big plays, take the pressure off Jeremy Gallon and add a colorful quote or two.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Every Thursday our writers sit down to talk about three issues related to Michigan athletics. Today, they take a look at former Michigan football greats, the potential of 2014 prospects and a wild card question about baseball.

1. If you could stick any one Michigan football player from the last decade onto the 2013-14 team, who would it be?


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Denard Robinson is heading back to Florida.

The former Michigan quarterback was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 135th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the second pick in the fifth round.

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AP Photo/Michael ConroyDenard Robinson was a fifth-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The interesting thing is his projected position in Jacksonville. He played quarterback in college and was looked at as a wide receiver during a lot of pre-draft workouts. The Jaguars' Twitter account says they selected him as a running back from Michigan.

Robinson now continues to make the transition from record-setting spread option quarterback to professional hybrid -- something started when he aggravated the ulnar nerve in his right elbow against Nebraska on Oct. 27, 2012. Robinson sat for two games and returned in a role as a hybrid receiver, running back, quarterback with Devin Gardner as Michigan’s starter.

His healing process has been slow. He struggled to grip a football throughout the remainder of his Michigan career and early on in his professional transition. In his college career, he caught three passes for 31 yards.

Robinson set the NCAA record for career quarterback rushing yards with 4,495 and was the first player in FBS history to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in the same season in 2010.

He finished his Michigan career second in rushing yards, behind only Mike Hart, and third in career rushing touchdowns with 42. He is fourth in Michigan history in passing yards with 6,250 and fourth in touchdown passes with 49.

He has more total yards than any Michigan player, with 10,769, and scored 91 total touchdowns, more than any other Wolverine.

Robinson chose Michigan over Florida and UCF in his recruiting process. Robinson and Taylor Lewan are two of the better prospects former Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez signed during his three years at Michigan.

Michigan went without a selection in the first three rounds of the NFL draft for only the fifth time since 1970 -- joining 1976, 1989, 2006 and 2009. The Wolverines went without a pick in the first four rounds for the first time since the 1968 NFL/AFL draft, when Rocky Roesma went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth round.

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WolverineNation Mailbag 

January, 30, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – What a week for Michigan sports. A top ranking for the basketball team and a big commitment for the football team. But I believe that good things come in threes, so let’s consider this mailbag the third good thing for Michigan sports this week.

Next week Mike will be handling it, so send your questions to michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com or @mikerothstein. Now on to this week’s questions.

1) Alex Koschik, via Twitter: How can Texas A&M have 32 commits when Michigan’s max is around 27?

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Denard Robinson Record Watch

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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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Denard Robinson Record Watch 

October, 30, 2012
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Denard Robinson watched from the sidelines Saturday as Michigan lost to Nebraska, 23-9, and there was little he could do about it, being knocked from the game in the first half.

Consequently, Robinson's chase of some records also has taken a major hit -- to the point of eliminating Michigan's career rushing yardage and the Big Ten total yardage marks from this week's watch. In records Robinson could still attain, here is where he stands.

FBS CAREER QUARTERBACK RUSHING YARDS:

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

  • Total yards Robinson needs to pass White: 306.
  • Average over four regular season games to pass White: 76.5.

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Denard Robinson Record Watch 

October, 23, 2012
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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.

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Denard Robinson Record Watch 

October, 16, 2012
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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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Denard Robinson Record Watch 

October, 11, 2012
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Denard RobinsonRick Osentoski/US PresswireWith the all-time QB rushing mark in sight, can Denard Robinson catch Mike Hart atop U-M's rushing list?
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 .

Robinson is not going to set many, if any, of Michigan’s career passing records, although he could finish third or fourth in most categories. He also could end up among the Big Ten’s top 10 career rushers (Michigan State’s Javon Ringer is 10th with 4,398 yards) and career rushing touchdowns in the Big Ten (Wisconsin’s Billy Marek and Ohio State’s Eddie George are tied for ninth with 44).

Below is where Robinson stands with records he has a chance -- even if it is remote in some cases -- of setting with anywhere between seven and nine 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: 576.

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Michigan camp notes: Wednesday 

June, 20, 2012
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Michigan finished its third and final full day of camp on Wednesday. With more than 1,300 campers going through the Wolverines' doors, the coaching staff has had quite a few looks at the possible talent pool over the next few years.

And after Wednesday, with a lot of heat and a lot of football, here are a few of Tom and Chantel's thoughts on the day.

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