"I think I've been around him enough its not shocking or surprising," said Hoke.
"I'm sure there's going to be something that happens in a practice or game that you say man I didn't know he could throw it across his body that far or he stopped on a dime here and accelerated so fast," added Hoke. "Those kinds of things I'm sure are out there."
Robinson's horizontal cut in the Massachusetts game Saturday, on a 36 yard touchdown run that started left and ended in the right corner of the end zone, provided yet another glimpse at the unique abilities he possesses as a football player. In the first spring under Hoke when Robinson took off in practice the defense looked just like the Minute Men did Saturday: foolish.
"We chased him around the first spring," said Hoke. "We were chasing him all over and when I knew we were coming around a little bit defensively he said a year ago I could run wherever I wanted against our defense and now I can't. That was a year ago and that's kind of as good of an endorsement of anything that our guys understand getting to the football."
In 2010, Notre Dame tried and failed to corral the record-breaking sophomore, as he accounted for 258 yards on the ground in a 28-24 last second victory over the Irish in South Bend. In 2011, Notre Dame caught on.
"They boxed him in a couple different ways with backers and a safety," said Hoke. "They did a nice job with it but at the same time Al had some answers and in the second half we started running the ball pretty decent."
Against a more seasoned and stout Notre Dame front seven Saturday night, Robinson and the offense will need to be more productive from start to finish as opposed to last year when the Irish were able to hold the Wolverines to just 7 points in the first 45 minutes of play. As Hoke noted Wednesday, a lot of that will depend on the strategy the Golden Domes employ to shut down #16.
"You wouldn't want to take a guy who's a 308 pound nose tackle and play him on the read part of it so it varies from team to team," said Hoke. "How much man coverage they want to play. How much they can play a six-man box and don't have the ability to hurt them with a conventional run with a running back. I think it dictates a lot on what their personnel is and their respect for what you have."
Regardless of Notre Dame's defensive calls, Hoke won't be nervous when Robinson decides to pull it down and use his feet to make a play.
"I'm pretty much okay 95 or 99% of the time with him tucking it and taking it," said Hoke. "He's got such a gift that most of the time when he plants his foot and decides to go north and south its going to be pretty productive for you. I'm very comfortable with him doing that."
Wednesday Hoke mentioned he'd like to see the physicality elevated Saturday in South Bend but added there are definitely some speed bumps that come along with the way the coaches expect the Wolverines to play.
"I'd still like to see it more," said Hoke. "I think we all would. Playing faster especially on the defensive side of the ball and some of that is youth related why we don't. I think there's still some paralysis by analysis going on. I think the tempo that we want to go about our business practice wise is starting to relate a little more to game wise."
Hoke also took the time to update the statuses of the injured Wolverines heading into Notre Dame Saturday.
"Hop ran around yesterday, did some things," said Hoke. "Beyer doesn't look like is going to be ready. We're still going to hold out some hope but doesn't look like it. Moore will be out, Morgan's in."
Asked about defensive tackle Richard Ash and Hoke said, "He's probably in."
To watch video of Hoke's press conference Wednesday, press play below.