A Michigan senior day without Denard Robinson just wouldn't feel right
ANN ARBOR -- Brady Hoke doesn't want to single Denard Robinson out.
But he really doesn't have to.
The four-year career of the Michigan senior quarterback does plenty of that work on its own, as Robinson's dynamic career (which has totaled more than 10,000 yards) is about to hit its final days.
Michigan will play its final home game of the season Saturday vs. Iowa, and there's a very real chance the most electric senior on the Wolverine roster will have to watch his last game in Michigan Stadium from the sidelines with an elbow injury.
"Denard absolutely loves this program, he absolutely loves football," Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said earlier this week. "He loves his teammates, and to see his action when he wasn’t playing is why you think more of him than you could possibly think. He truly is into that game, and he truly is trying to lead when he’s not out on that field. So it just keep reinforcing how fortunate you are to have a Denard Robinson.
"You want everything possibly good that could ever happen for him to happen. That’s how you feel by being around him.”
Hoke has yet to deviate from his standard classification of Robinson as "day-to-day," technically leaving a chance that the senior quarterback will be able to play Saturday.
But reading between the lines of comments from Hoke, Mattison and offensive coordinator Al Borges leads one to believe he's doubtful at best.
Michigan's most exciting player may never get his final swan song at home, and there aren't many that wouldn't see that as a shame.
“Well, I can honestly say he is the most electric player that I have ever coached," Borges said. "That would be the first thing that comes to mind. And a joy to coach, I might add.
"Comes with energy every day. Wants to learn. Tough. Competitive. All those things. His demeanor might lead you to believe that’s not true, but he’s highly competitive.”
Robinson will be on the field Saturday, and if the last two weeks are any indication, he'll be in uniform. He'll most likely join co-captain Jordan Kovacs at midfield for the coin toss, and he'll be recognized prior to the game with the rest of the Michigan seniors.
But no one will remember Robinson for any pregame ceremony -- they'll remember him for his electricity, his smile and his jaw-dropping runs.
And that'll likely happen whether he plays or not Saturday.
"The seniors and the guys and the people who are truly Michigan fans," Hoke said earlier this week, "I think they understand the significance he's had."