May 19, 2017 – Happy Birthday Terrence Robinson!

Michgian Football Team 2011 |
Terrence Robinson (#8) is shown above with the 2012 Sugar Bowl Champion Michigan Wolverines. Robinson is seated in the third row – fourth man from the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Today is a good day to wish a very happy Maize and Blue birthday to Terrance Robinson. Terrence Rynard Robinson was born on this day in Texas. He came to Ann Arbor from Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas. Terrence was a highly recruited all-purpose running back in high school and came to play football for Rich Rodriguez in 2008.

Terrence Robinson Michigan Football 2011 |

Terrence Robinson earned tree varsity letters for his play from 2009 to 2011. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Athletic Department.

According to the Michigan Media Website, Terrence Robinson did not see action as a freshman in 2008. Instead, Rich Rodriguez decided to “save” him for later and he was redshirted for the season.

Terrence Robinson played slot receiver in 2009 and also did a good job on special teams. He played well enough, and often enough, to earn his first varsity letter. He had one pass reception for thirteen yards and also returned one punt eleven yards. So, 2009 was not a great year for the second-year player from Texas. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that good of a year for the Wolverines either. Year two of the Rich Rodriguez Era produced a record of 5 wins and 7 losses. Unfortunately, Michigan was terrible in the Big Ten with a record of 1 win and 7 losses and a tenth-place finish in the conference. Ugh!

Robinson returned in 2010 with the goals of playing more and helping Michigan win more football games! The good news was that Terrence made three starts (2 at a kick returner and 1 as a slot receiver) and appeared in nine games. He caught one pass for 43-yards against UCONN and also returned two kicks offs for 27-yards. The bad news was that Michigan finished with a final record of 7 wins and 6 losses. However, it wasn’t good enough for Coach Rodriguez to keep his job. So, Terrrence would be playing for a new coach in 2011.

Brady Hoke was a breath of fresh air for Michigan, but not so much for Terrence Robinson. Terrence was suspended for the season opener in 2011 for violating team rules. However, he still managed to appear in 12 games during the season. He played mostly on special teams and made six tackles.  Terrence also got on the field for some spot duty as a reserve wide receiver. The good news was that Robinson earned his third varsity letter and became a sugar Bowl Champion in the 2012 victory over Virginia Tech.

Michigan won almost as many games in one season (11) as they had in the previous three (15)! The Wolverines finished the season with a record of 11 wins and 2 losses and ended the Big Ten season with 6 wins and 2 losses.

So, the 2011 Michigan football season was a success, but the same could not be said for Terrence Robinson. Although he had one year of eligibility remaining, Terrence Robinson never played another down for Michigan. His career definitely had some “ups” and “downs.” He had a few “big” moments at Michigan, but not as many as he probably wanted. However, Terrence Robinson was also associated with some interesting “firsts” during his time on the Michigan Football team. Here are the ones that I could find:

  • Terrence Robinson played on the first, and only, 7 loss Big Ten season (1-7-0) in Michigan football history (2009).
  • Robinson played on the first Brady Hoke team in 2011.
  • Terrence Robinson played on the first Michigan football team to win the Sugar Bowl in January 2012.

Today is a good day to wish a very Happy Birthday to Terrence R. Robinson. I hope he is doing well. Go Blue!

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher is a self-proclaimed Michigan Football Archeologist. He spends a considerable amount of his time digging into the 138-year history of Wolverine Football. He is on a mission to share his findings with Maize and Blue football fans everywhere. He is the author of one book about Michigan Football titled "21-194-13 Michigan Football's Greatest Era". His second book titled, "The Legend of Bo Schembechler-How an Unknown Buckeye Became the Winningest Coach in Michigan Football History" was released on September 12, 2017. You can learn something about Michigan Football everyday by going to his website at: You can also follow him on Social Media.
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