March 2, 2013
Maize N' View: Randle El's career sets a realistic standard
When Denard Robinson steps on a football field next, he will not be attempting something inconceivable. The simple fact is many former college quarterbacks have transitioned to NFL wide receiver. For Robinson, a successful career might rival Antwaan Randle El.
Robinson should know Randle El's name well. It was, after all, Randle El that Robinson passed to become the Big Ten's top rushing quarterback ever, accumulating 4,495 yards on 723 carries to overtake Randle El's 3,895 yards rushing on 857 attempts.
The 5-10, 185-pound Randle El is not dissimilar in size or speed to the 5-11, 199-pound Robinson, and he would go on to enjoy a nine-year career in the NFL (2002-10), totaling 370 receptions, 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns or averages of 41 catches, 496 yards and almost two scores per season.
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