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Published: Wednesday, 9/15/2010

The End Zone: UM 09-16


Questioned this week as to how he is handling the media frenzy circling him, Denard Robinson said he pays it no attention, revealing he is not even a cable TV subscriber. Soon, though, he may be looking into pricing various packages. That's because if Robinson continues his exhaustive workload he'll find himself confined to a sofa, covered in ice, a leg elevated, and a remote control in his hand. Surely it won't be long before Robinson grows tired of the brutal day time programming shown on network TV.

Naturally because of unreal speed and the same head coach, Robinson is being compared to Pat White, the former West Virginia quarterback. The parallels are obvious, but so too are the differences. White had an elite tailback in Steve Slaton to share the burden. Robinson so far hasn't been afforded that luxury, as backs Mike Shaw and Vincent Smith are averaging a meager 3.3 yards per attempt. In turn, Robinson is asked to meddle in their job and has carried the ball 57 times in two games.

It's not encouraging that Robinson has missed time in both games due to injuries, and you have to imagine his limbs are going to be targeted by frustrated defensive players. It's simple: He'll either get help, or he'll get hurt.

You know how Robinson doesn't tie his shoes? At this rate, come October, he won't be able to bend over to tie them anyway.

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