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History of Michigan, Michigan State QB signees in last 10 years

June 17, 2016

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Class: 2009 (Rich Rodriguez)

High school: Deerfield Beach High School (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)

Michigan initially recruited Robinson as a defensive back but Rich Rodriguez became convinced the speedster could run his spread offense. As a freshman, Robinson served as a backup to Tate Forcier but made an immediate impact. On his first touch, Robinson fumbled a snap and then sprinted 43 yards for a touchdown. He started all 13 games as a sophomore, finished sixth in the 2010 Heisman Trophy voting and stayed at Michigan, even after Rodriguez was fired and replaced by Brady Hoke. As a junior, he led the Wolverines to an 11-2 season and Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. As a senior, Robinson suffered an elbow injury late in the season and returned as a running back after Devin Gardner took over at quarterback. In four seasons at Michigan, Robinson shattered numerous program and national records. He rushed for 4,495 yards, which broke the NCAA record for a quarterback, and 42 touchdowns, and passed for 6,250 yards, 49 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (No. 135 overall) of the 2013 NFL draft as a running back. Entering his fourth season with the Jaguars, Robinson has appeared in 42 games (12 starts), rushed for 914 yards and five touchdowns and has 44 receptions for 288 yards.

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