Watch the University of Michigan football games online to see current MSU quarterback Denard Robinson continue in a long line of successful quarterbacks. Each year, the expectation is that a Michigan quarterback is going to make first-team all Big Ten. This has been pretty much the rule from the days of Rick Leach to John Wangler through Jim Harbaugh and Elvis Grbac followed by Brian Griese, Tom Brady and Chad Henne.
This long litany list of Michigan quarterbacks shows a variety of different styles that have gotten the job done. Not all of them have been pocket passers as Robinson has illustrated he can do quite well. The expectation is that the Michigan quarterback is going to be the best in the conference. This translates into expectations that a Michigan quarterback is going to be the toughest as well as the one that can run and pass just as well. Although a Michigan quarterback is expected to do well on the field, the most important expectations include this person’s ability to be a leader. The Michigan quarterback has to be well poised and composed if the team is to be successful at all.
Michigan’s offensive coordinator Al Borges has always said that he wants his quarterback to take the bull by the horns and do whatever it takes to drag people across the finish line. He said you cannot just lead by example, but you must leavd by doing.
This is apparently a lesson that Robinson learned quite early in his career. Considering that this is Robinson’s third season as starting quarterback, he wasn’t all that comfortable with the position when he first began. Yet, in his first two seasons he was willing to take charge. This is something that he learned last year and something that he did during the off-season leading his teammates in workouts and taking the stage as a keynote speaker during the Big Ten Football luncheon.