ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Denard Robinson was relegated to watching reserves compete for the job to be his backup when Michigan opens next season against Alabama.
Robinson completed two of three passes for 13 yards and recovered his own fumble in one series Saturday as the Wolverines wrapped up the spring with a public practice. He then stood on the sideline as Devin Gardner and Russell Bellomy split snaps.
It was kind of frustrating, Robinson acknowledged, adding he didnt mind giving teammates chances to play. But its all good.
Wolverines coach Brady Hoke joked that Robinson sweated because he warmed up for a long time.
We wanted to get Russell Bellomy as many snaps as we could and give Devin a chance to run quite a bit with the first group, Hoke said.
Gardner did not make the most of his opportunity.
He was sacked on his first snap, threw an interception on his second – on a poor pass across the field that cornerback Blake Countess stepped in front of Jeremy Jackson – and he recovered his fumble.
Bellomy moved the offense on his first drive that ended with Thomas Rawls breaking a tackle on a 21-yard touchdown run. Bellomy set up a field goal on his second possession.