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Michigan vs. Ohio State: Denard Robinson nursing injury in final rivalry meeting

Denard Robinson was the reason the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes last season but his role will be different this time around.

Gregory Shamus

With the last rivalry game of his career against the undefeated Ohio St. Buckeyes on Saturday, Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson is not at full strength. Still dealing with an elbow injury he returned from last week against Iowa, Robinson enters the game against the Buckeyes with no certain role to play.

Will he throw or will he run? Will he play receiver or running back? These are questions that the Buckeyes, fans and media have but the Wolverines won't answer.

"I know Denard, I recruited him," said Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in the Plain Dealer. "I have great respect for him as a person and as an athlete. He's one of the finest athletes in America, so you'd better know where he's at every snap."

Last season, Robinson was instrumental in breaking a seven-game losing streak to the Buckeyes for the Wolverines when he ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns plus three passing touchdowns as well. His elbow injury limits his throwing but he could still be a factor with his legs and anything would be a plus for a Wolverines team looking for all the edge they can get against a Buckeyes team looking to end their season by giving another loss to their most heated rival.

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