Denard Robinson is making a big transition from college quarterback to professional running back this offseason, but his first chance to work with the Jaguars will be cut short this weekend.
Robinson, a fifth-round pick last weekend, is in Jacksonville Friday for the start of the team’s three-day rookie minicamp but won’t be there on Saturday and Sunday. Instead, he’ll return to Ann Arbor on Friday night so that he can take part in graduation ceremonies at the University of Michigan. Robinson, the NCAA’s all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback, was adamant before the draft that he’d be wearing his cap and gown and has proven to be true to his word.
“I will be there,” Robinson said, via the Detroit Free Press. “It’s May 4, I will be there.”
It’s not great timing for either Robinson or the Jaguars, but it is hard to find too much fault with any college student wanting to receive their diploma after working for four years to get one. The good news is that Robinson, unlike players from schools that continue to hold classes for the rest of May and into June, is eligible to get right back to work with the Jaguars after the weekend.