April 27, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Former University of Michigan football quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield) was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars, while defensive tackle William Campbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) was chosen by the New York Jets in the NFL Draft on Saturday (April 27) at Radio City Music Hall.
Robinson was drafted as a running back in the fifth round with the 135th overall choice and joins former Wolverines quarterback Chad Henne (2004-07) with the Jaguars, while Campbell was chosen in the sixth round with the 178th overall choice and joins former U-M linebacker David Harris (2004-06) with the Jets.
"I'm so blessed," said Robinson. "You dream of getting that call on draft day, and to get to stay in my home state of Florida, it's an unbelievable feeling.
"I want to thank the Jaguars organization for giving me this opportunity, and I can't wait to get started."
Robinson appeared in 49 career games with 37 starts for the Wolverines and is the school's all-time leader in total yards (10,745) and touchdowns (91). In his Michigan career he completed 427-of-747 passes for 6,250 yards and 49 touchdowns while rushing 723 times for 4,495 yards and 42 touchdowns. The NCAA all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback owns the top eight total offense games in school history and registered 15 career games with 300-plus yards of offense, including six games with 400-plus yards.
Robinson finished his career ranked second in U-M career rushing yards, third in rushing touchdowns, and tied for third in 100-yard games (20). Through the air, he ranks fourth in U-M annals for passing yards, fourth in passing touchdowns, and sixth in completions. Robinson became one of eight players in NCAA history to rush for 40 touchdowns and pass for 40 touchdowns in his career, while in 2010 he became the first quarterback in NCAA history to rush (1,702) and pass (2,570) for 1,500-plus yards in the same season.
Campbell was a four-year letterwinner and appeared in 51 career games at Michigan. As a senior in 2012, he led the defensive line and totaled a career-high 44 tackles, 1.5 TFLs and one sack in 13 games. Campbell helped lead a Wolverines defense that allowed just 19.8 points per game, ranking fourth in the Big Ten and 20th nationally in scoring defense. Michigan's defense also ranked second in the Big Ten and 13th in the FBS in total yards allowed (320.0 yards per game).
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