'Shoelace' Robinson dazzles on first carry

September, 5, 2009
9/05/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson's popularity around here was obvious during warm-ups as numerous fans shouted "Shoelace!" at the unlaced Michigan freshman quarterback.

Robinson, who never ties his shoes, just won a few more votes on his first carry in a college game, wrong-footing the Western Michigan defense and showcasing his elite speed on a 43-yard touchdown scamper. It could mark the first time in Michigan history that a quarterback has scored on his first snap from scrimmage.

Robinson's moves give the Michigan offense a new element, and if he continues to make progress, he could be the No. 1 quarterback soon. He still has some work to do as a passer, but it'll be hard to keep him off the field.

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