So Nick Kuchel drew the Denard Robinson card this week. Kuchel is a walk-on, 5-foot-11, senior wide receiver from Kingsley, Iowa who will try to replicate the athletic wizardry of Michigan’s quarterback, who is second nationally in rushing yards at 991.
Well, Kuchel isn’t a slouch in the speed department. He was a three-time Class 1A champion in the 110-meter high hurdles and finished second in the event as a freshman. OK, winning state titles in Iowa’s smallest classification doesn’t seem like a big deal on the Division I scale. But he set the state’s best time three years in a row in the event.
In Kuchel’s final track season in 2006, he finished the 110 hurdles in 14.54 seconds. He also won the state title in the 200 and 400 and finished second in the 100. That means he can scoot.
Now, can Kuchel run with the same quickness laterally as Robinson and accelerate through openings like the Michigan quarterback? That’s highly doubtful. But Kuchel’s effectiveness is determined by how well he prepares Iowa’s defense through the week. If the Hawkeyes can slow Robinson on Saturday, then Kuchel likely deserves some praise for giving them a look on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.