- Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin’s parents rally against Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law
- Hillary Clinton campaign got illicit funds from D.C. scandal figure
- Obama administration backs off plan to cut prescription-drug program
- Tickets linked to stolen passports purchased by Iranian middleman
- More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon
- Ottawa day care suspends 2-year-old for ‘outside’ cheese sandwich
- Liam Neeson tells NYC mayor to ‘man up’ in horse carriage fight
- Real-life Dr. Doolittle to reveal how to talk to animals
- Climate change could bring back smallpox, researchers say
- Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at N.Y. trial
Irish must contain QB Robinson
SOUTH BEND, IND. (AP) - They’re tossing lingo around like footballs this week at Notre Dame. Gap assignments, containment, areas of responsibilities, sure tackling.
The Irish will need all of the above _ and probably more _ or Michigan’s Denard Robinson might run wild at Notre Dame Stadium like he did a week ago at the Big House.
“Just take great angles with him. He’s very fast and very shifty,” Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o said, trying to summarize the best way to defend Robinson and the Wolverines’ read option. “You have to be honest with your angles and close to him as fast as you can.”
For those sleeping last weekend, Robinson took over the starter’s role in coach Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense and set Michigan records for total offense (383) and rushing yards (197) by a quarterback. He showed off his arm, too, with 19 completions on 22 attempts for another 186 yards in a 30-10 win over Connecticut.
“He can run and throw at the same time. You have to respect that,” Te'o said
Irish defensive back Darrin Walls likened Robinson’s style to that of Pat White, the former West Virginia quarterback who was often electrifying while directing the spread offense when Rodriguez was coaching in Morgantown.
“He’s just like another running back with the ball. He’s quick, he’s explosive. I mean, if you give him a crease, he’s going to take it,” Walls said.
For Rodriguez to quiet the critics in Ann Arbor and that huge following of Michigan fans across the country, he’ll need another performance like the one Robinson pulled off against UConn.
Rodriguez is 1-2 overall against Notre Dame, winning a 38-34 thriller last season in Ann Arbor and losing in two trips to South Bend, one with Michigan in his inaugural season two years ago and dropping another during his first season at West Virginia in 2001.
There are options for Notre Dame to combat the option, but blitzing the Wolverines would not seem to be a good one for hemming in Robinson. It might create too many holes and Robinson, who doesn’t like to lace up his shoes, could slip through and be off and running. Loose shoes or not.
“Not sure if he’s going to tie his shoes. I don’t know,” Notre Dame linebacker Darius Fleming said.
Robinson will be facing Notre Dame’s 3-4 defense but that shouldn’t be completely foreign to him because odd and even fronts are prevalent in college ball, Rodriguez said.
“I think Denard has seen enough of it. The guys up front, it shouldn’t be anything that confuses them,” said Rodriguez, who actually believes the key is how the Wolverines execute on offense.
The defense, meanwhile, is busy trying to account for all the facets of the option.
By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
- FCC targets black conservative in TV station fight
- Hillary Clinton campaign received funds from Jeffrey Thompson
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- Unanimous Senate passes bill on military sex assault to give victims more say in prosecution
- 80 people publicly executed across North Korea for films, Bibles
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS after months of talks
- Liam Neeson tells NYC mayor to 'man up' in horse carriage fight
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again