Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has received plenty of praise over the years for his athleticism. Robinson can make jaw-dropping plays on the ground, but his arm has always been viewed as a weakness. When Notre Dame hosts the Wolverines this week, the Irish can't dismiss Robinson's throwing ability, which is much improved.
In 2011, Robinson was forced to adapt to a new pro-style offense under offensive coordinator Al Borges. It was clear that Robinson was much more comfortable in Rich Rodriguez's spread offense, and his focusing on the new schemes led to a lack of fundamentals. Robinson was concentrating so hard on knowing the playbook, he forgot to do things like properly set his feet. With a year of pro-style experience under his belt, Robinson is able to make certain that his fundamentals are sound.
By setting his feet and making better decisions, Robinson is a more dangerous quarterback. If the Irish have to worry about him beating them with his arm and his legs, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will have to come up with an impressive gameplan to stop the Michigan offense.