Ensuring that this Friday the 13th won't be too scary for Michigan fans, quarterback Denard Robinson and cornerback J.T. Floyd announced today that they will definitely return to school for their senior seasons.
Both players had asked for evaluations from the NFL draft advisory board, but both were widely expected to play for the Wolverines in 2012. But you never know what a player might decide once he starts thinking about the pros. (After all, who thought Michigan State running back Edwin Baker would skip out early?)
Robinson had said during the Allstate Sugar Bowl buildup that he fully planned on being back for his senior season, when he should be a leading Heisman Trophy candidate to start the year. He had this to say in Michigan's official release on Friday:
"It's been a dream to play in the NFL, and hopefully after next year that becomes a reality," he said. "But I wouldn't pass up being here with my teammates and coaches for anything. It's my second family. I love my teammates, I love Michigan.
"Seeing how the seniors led our team this year, I want to be that type of leader for Team 133. We made steps and had a good season, but we didn't accomplish our No. 1 goal. We're still hungry."
Floyd was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection whose senior leadership should prove valuable on next year's defense.
"Being around all of the great people here, I just couldn't see myself not being here for my senior year," he said. "Our team still has work to do and places to go, and I want to be a part of it."