style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Cade
McNown style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">1997

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">189

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">312

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">60.6

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">3,116

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">24

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">6

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Matt
Lovecchio

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2003

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">155

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">291

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">53.3

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">1,778

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">3

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">9

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Brandon
Cox

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2005

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">177

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">306

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">57.8

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2,324

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">15

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">8

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Ryan
Lindley

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2010

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">243

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">421

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">57.7

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">3,830

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">28

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">14

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">style="font-weight: bold;">Totals

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">764

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">1,330

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">57.4

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">11,048

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">70

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">37


March 26, 2012

Robinson's improvement may not be dramatic

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">style="font-weight: normal;">Tony Graziani

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">1995

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">231

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">426

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">54.2

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2,604

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">13

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">10

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Cade
McNown

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">1996

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">176

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">336

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">52.4

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2,424

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">12

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">16

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Kyle
Boller

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2001

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">134

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">272

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">49.3

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">1,741

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">12

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">10

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Gibran
Hamden

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2002

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">152

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">293

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">51.9

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2,215

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">9

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">14

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Tommy
Jones

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2002

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">75

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">152

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">49.3

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">879

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">9

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">17

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Jason
Campbell

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2004

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">188

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">270

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">69.6

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2,700

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">20

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">7

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">Ryan
Lindley

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2009

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">242

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">427

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">56.7

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2,653

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">16

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">9

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235);">style="font-weight: normal;">Denard Robinson

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2011

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">142

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">258

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">55.0

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">2,173

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">20

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">15

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">style="font-weight: bold;">Totals

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: normal;">

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">1,340

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">2,434

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">55.1

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">17,389

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">111

style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(228, 231, 235); font-weight: bold;">98


Al Borges expects Denard Robinson to be a better quarterback in his second season under the offensive coordinator than in his first. His track record with quarterbacks proves that to be true, but history also indicates it may not be a dramatic step forward ...





In 2011, Robinson became the eighth quarterback to work with Borges in his first year as a program's coordinator, though Indiana's Gibran Hamden and Tommy Jones split the starting job in 2002 so Borges has only had seven first seasons as coordinator.


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Of the eight signal-callers, only one - Auburn's Jason Campbell in 2004 - finished his first year with Borges boasting better than a 60.0 completion percentage (69.6), and he was a multi-year starter previously entering his senior season. Overall, the eight QBs completed 55.1 percent of their passes while averaging 2,484 yards per season, 15.9 touchdowns and 14.0 interceptions.



Robinson's 2011 numbers were similar. He completed 55.0 percent of his throws for 2,173 yards with 20 touchdown tosses and 15 interceptions.



What Borges is banking on, and what Michigan fans are expecting, is for Robinson to make a significant jump in his accuracy while limiting his turnovers in Year 2. But the progress made by Borges' second-year quarterbacks is more incremental than monumental.



Borges talks a lot about Cade McNown, who he first worked with in 1996 and then in 1997. McNown completed only 52.4 percent of his passes and threw 16 interceptions in 1996. A year later, he was completing 60.6 percent of his attempts and had just six picks.


If Robinson could make similar leaps, U-M's offense would likely become even more dangerous than it was a year ago because of the element of a consistent passing game that opponents must respect.


However, of the four seasons in which Borges has worked with a quarterback for a second consecutive year, the gains are not consistent with what McNown accomplished. In fact, the four only bumped the overall completion percentage up 2.3 points (to 57.4) while touchdowns went up by 1.6 per season and interceptions fell by 4.7, which is a quite impressive feat.


This data is a little skewed, though, by the fact that of the four QBs in Borges' second season, only McNown and San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (in 2010) served as the starter the year before. Indiana's Matt Lovecchio (in 2003) and Auburn's Brandon Cox (in 2005) were not the starters the previous season but did receive practice reps with Borges in charge. In Lovecchio's case, he had transferred in from Notre Dame, sitting out the 2002 campaign. Cox served as Campbell's backup.


So, if we readjust the data just to include McNown and Lindley, quarterbacks as returning starters in Borges' second season, the two completed 58.9 percent of their attempts (up. 3.7 percent) for 3,473 yards (up 989 yards), with 26 touchdowns (up 10.1) and 10 interceptions (down 4.0). If Robinson follows that trend, everyone would probably be ecstatic.


Of course, it's not just that simple. Every QB presents challenges, and Robinson is still struggling with his footwork a year later, which leads to inaccurate passes. For him to take the next step, he must become better with his feet and in the pocket.


As Borges noted recently, Robinson has a high football IQ and is extremely cerebral, realizing his mistakes the moment he makes them and working hard to correct them. But until he does it right snap after snap after snap, Robinson will continue to struggle and might prove incapable of following in McNown's and Lindley's footsteps. There is still hope and time - with five months before the season commences - but Sept. 1 will be here soon, and Robinson must become more consistent.






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Com.

Att.

Pct.

Yards

TD

INT

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Quarterback

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Com.

Att.

Pct.

Yards

TD

INT

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