Denard Robinson to Senior Bowl as WR

Denard Robinson played quarterback for three and a half seasons at Michigan. After an elbow injury sidelined him late this season, he logged time in more of a running back role.

But Robinson won't be playing primarily quarterback or running back later this month at the Senior Bowl. He's heading to Mobile, Ala., as a wide receiver.

The Senior Bowl confirmed Robinson's attendance late Wednesday afternoon and classified the Michigan star as a wide receiver. Robinson recorded just three receptions for 31 yards with the Wolverines -- all this season. He set the NCAA record for career rush yards by a quarterback with 4,495 and had 6,250 career pass yards with 49 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. There has been some recent talk about Robinson playing cornerback at the next level, but wide receiver always looked like the most likely landing spot for "Shoelace." This announcement hardly comes as a surprise.

ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper has projected Robinson as a pro wide receiver for months and currently has Robinson as the nation's No. 5 senior wide receiver. Kiper likens Robinson to former Indiana star quarterback Antwaan Randle El, who played wide receiver in the NFL.

Robinson is the first Michigan player confirmed to be attending the Senior Bowl, although full rosters haven't been announced.