ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It's no secret that senior quarterback Denard Robinson is what makes Michigan's offense go. So when he went down in the first quarter against Illinois with what was later referred to as a "boo boo," there were a few fears when redshirt freshman Russell Bellomy began warming up on the sideline. And while he didn't wow the crowds with a ground-breaking performance, Bellomy also didn't break under the pressure.
Robinson had left Bellomy and the rest of the Michigan offense in good position, on the Illinois 9-yard line with three downs to reach the end zone. And while the Wolverines would have to settle for a field goal on Bellomy's first drive against Illinois, Michigan coach Brady Hoke was happy to get his backup into the game.
"It always is [critical]," Hoke said of getting Bellomy into the game. "We're very excited about Russ Bellomy, and have been. And he came in there with a lot of confidence."
Bellomy finished the game with just one completion -- for eight yards -- on three attempts. And he displayed a bit of running ability, rushing twice for eight yards.
It wasn't a highlight-reel game by any stretch of the imagination, but it was significant time for a player backing up Robinson, a quarterback who has been prone to injury in Big Ten seasons past. And Hoke was happy with how the redshirt freshman performed under pressure.
"He's a guy that we think is a good quarterback," Hoke said. "That's why we recruited him. It was good to get him some work."