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The dangers of Denard Robinson

Michigan's offense can't be stifled by keeping its quarterback in the pocket

Updated: October 3, 2011, 7:07 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Every Monday during the season, ESPN Insider will be looking at the biggest myths coming out of the weekend in college football, and explaining why you shouldn't be buying into them.

For Week 5, we're looking at some of the biggest early-season surprises and assessing whether these teams' hot starts are a sign of things to come or if you should be selling their contender status.


Myth 1: The Michigan Wolverines can be beaten by keeping Denard Robinson in the pocket

The usual weakness in athletic quarterbacks like Robinson is that they are often run-first, pass-second players. This limitation means a defense can gain an advantage by forcing that player to stay in the pocket and pass.

That weakness is nowhere to be found in Robinson or in this Michigan offense. Al Borges, the Wolverines' first-year offensive coordinator, has installed a truly multidimensional passing scheme that takes advantage both of Robinson's physical talents and his prior experience in running a drop-back passing system.

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