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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Robinson passes torch to Gardner

By Michael Rothstein

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson waited patiently, flanked by media relations representatives one last time in Michigan Stadium. He remained on the field for his final time for a few more minutes.

Devin Gardner, the junior who replaced Robinson at quarterback, had to finish an interview first. When Gardner finished up he grabbed Robinson, pulled him close for a second and they embraced.

"Told him to keep going," Robinson said later. "Keep believing. Keep going. I'm behind you."

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner pulls away for a touchdown run, one of his three rushing scores against Iowa. Gardner also threw for three touchdowns.

That happened both literally and figuratively Saturday in Michigan's 42-17 victory over Iowa. For two weeks, Robinson was reduced to cheerleader, rooting for his friends and teammates while he sat out for the first games of his career since he started playing football.

In Robinson's final college home game, he sat a little bit, too, as the past, present and future of Michigan football all jumbled into one Al Borges masterpiece of a game plan 18 months in the making.

Story continues in WolverineNation.