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Michigan star to show versatility

HAWAII BOWL: Quarterback Garrett Gilbert leads SMU to an early lead over Fresno State in a game that had not ended by press time. For the result, visit sports.tampabay.com.

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HAWAII BOWL: Quarterback Garrett Gilbert leads SMU to an early lead over Fresno State in a game that had not ended by press time. For the result, visit sports.tampabay.com.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Denard Robinson's position is a secret for the final game of his college career.

It perhaps will provide a preview of his future in football.

The three-year starting quarterback might not throw for No. 19 Michigan against No. 11 South Carolina on New Year's Day in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. He probably will catch some passes as a running back or receiver.

Robinson hopes showing he can make plays without taking snaps will help NFL teams see what he can do. "If you're making plays on the field, you can't hide that," Robinson said this month. "You can't hide a playmaker."

Some project Robinson as a receiver in the pros.

NFL draft consultant and ex-Cowboys GM Gil Brandt has another idea: "I'd draft him to be a cornerback. A quarterback never wants to be told he's going to have to play another position, but I don't think he can play quarterback in the NFL. I do know teams are always looking for cornerbacks, and I think Robinson could do it because of his quickness and speed."

TRIO SUSPENDED: Three Texas Tech players won't play against Minnesota in Friday's Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston because they violated undisclosed team rules: defensive back Cornelius Douglas, linebacker Chris Payne and defensive tackle Leon Mackey.

College basketball

AP POLL: Florida dropped from eighth to 14th in the Associated Press poll released Monday. Pittsburgh and Kansas State entered at 24th and 25th, replacing New Mexico and North Carolina. Duke and Michigan remained the top two.

WOMEN'S POLL: Florida State moved up two spots to 21st. Arkansas entered at No. 25; West Virginia fell out. Stanford remained No. 1.

LATE SUNDAY: Miami had 14 steals against No. 4 Arizona and still wasn't close to taking down one of the few remaining unbeaten teams.

The Wildcats (11-0) focused on the Hurricanes' backcourt, holding Shane Larkin and Durand Scott to eight field goals as the Wildcats won 69-50 at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

Kenny Kadji led Miami (8-2) with 19 points.

"It was one of our best performances of the year," Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

Michigan star to show versatility 12/24/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 24, 2012 9:28pm]
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