Denard Robinson: rushing judgment

Examining the problems with running quarterbacks in college football

Updated: October 22, 2010, 10:52 AM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine
Denard RobinsonAndrew Weber/US PresswireDenard Robinson has enjoyed a breakout season for Michigan.

Rich Rodriguez was joking. Kind of.

In Michigan's opener, RichRod ran his new starting quarterback, wiry six-foot, 193-pound sophomore Denard Robinson, 29 times in a 30-10 win over UConn. After the coach listened to a week of questions about his QB's workload, he called Robinson's number 28 times for 258 yards in a win against Notre Dame. "I told y'all last week, we can't be running him 29 times again," Rodriguez said through a sheepish grin after the game.

Robinson smiles too. He's gotten the same questions, and at the midpoint of a remarkable first half of the season, the sophomore has the same relaxed reaction. "I can take it," he says. "I think people worry about it too much."