"In the Alabama game they weren't going to let you run him," said Borges. "Look at their numbers, guys. They've never allowed a quarterback to run the football. I mean not with any significance. They play a front, a defense, that forces the quarterback to throw the ball. You can run here and there, but if you think you're going out there for 150 yards it's not going to happen all the time."
As for how much Borges would like Denard to carry the ball, he said: "We'll play that game by game but I would not have run Denard Robinson anymore than we did Saturday. Absolutely not. I know a lot of people think that, but no way."
With Alabama loading the box early in the game, the Wolverines tried to back the defense up by connecting on a big pass play. But it wasn't until Jeremy Gallon's 71-yard reception in the second quarter when Michigan finally beat the Bama defense deep. By that time the game was already well in hand.
Targeted numerous times in the passing game was newly converted junior wide receiver Devin Gardner, who went through some growing pains against a talented Alabama secondary. But the experience he gained will surely benefit him as he adjusts to the position.
"Devin's going to really be a good player there," said Borges. "He'll learn a ton. He's still a work in progress at the position. Particularly in a game like that when you're facing a really good press man team, where you know you got to get off the jam, get down the field, and work your way open a lot of the time. That's baptism by fire."
Hoping to spark the running game in order to help with the passing game, running back Fitz Toussaint will make his season debut Saturday against Air Force. But there is no word yet on whether the junior will start.
"We got another back," said Borges. "We'll see how it goes during the week, but its good to have him back and we'll see how we want to plan that."
Although Saturday night was a disappointing start to a season filled with high expectations nationally in the pre-season, Borges and the Wolverines will look to regroup this week and for the rest of the season with all of the teams goals waiting in front of them.
"It's the first game, tough opponent," said Borges. "Our kids are resilient and we've got some good leaders on this team. It's a tough way to start for all of us—for the coaches, for the players. But you've got 11 games."
As Borges pointed out, the Oregon Ducks, after opening the 2011 season with a deflating loss to LSU in 2011, finished the year 12-2.
To watch video of Borges from Tuesday afternoon, click play below.