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Watch ex-Michigan QB Denard Robinson one-hop first pitch

April 10, 2013|By Chuck Schilken

If Denard Robinson is still hoping an NFL team will give him a shot as a pro quarterback, he better pray no scouts watched his ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday's Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game.

Robinson, the ex-Michigan quarterback who set an NCAA record for rushing yards, will probably continue to be dogged with questions about his throwing accuracy after one-hopping his pitch about midway to home plate.

The 2013 NFL draft hopeful didn't look like he put much effort into the throw and was seen joking afterward with his catcher, Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly.

Still, Robinson seemed pretty embarrassed afterward.

"It was terrible," Robinson said. "I babied it. I should’ve just threw the ball."

He added: "I can’t take it back. I don’t have an excuse."

Robinson rushed for 4,495 yards and passed for 6,250 yards in his four years with Michigan. Many feel his best chance at the pro level will be as a slot receiver or return specialist.

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