Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:55 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 1:59 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
There has been a lot of love heaped upon Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson through the first two weeks of the season, and deservedly so. Through two games Robinson has been all kinds of "OMG DID YOU SEE THAT!?" The kid has amassed 885 total yards of offense on his own. To put that into perspective, that's more total offense than teams like Texas , USC , LSU , Wisconsin , Florida and Penn State have put up through two games.
Just to name a few.
So it's no wonder that Robinson has become the Heisman candidate du jour amongst many, including myself , but don't think for a moment that any of this is going to Robinson's head. He isn't buying the hype. Heck, he doesn't even have cable .
"I was raised to be humble and to keep my eyes on the prize," Robinson said Monday. "You can't just say, 'I'm the man'. That wouldn't be right."
Despite the hype heaped on him, Robinson remains oblivious.
"I don't pay attention to none of that — I don't even have cable," he said.
The one thing that blows my mind more than watching Robinson on the football field and his numbers so far this season? How somebody could survive without cable. How in the world are you going to watch Jersey Shore without cable?
Though, when you think about it, it's probably best that Denard avoids the temptation of The Situation and J-Wowww. Once television sucks him into the black hole that is his couch, he's bound to fill his stomach with all sorts of unhealthy snack foods and sap all the speed from his legs.
Not that I would know anything about what that's like. I'm a blogger, we get tons of physical exercise. I swear.
Posted on: September 13, 2010 10:14 am
Edited on: September 13, 2010 11:18 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
This are players who create hype, and then there is Denard Robinson.
The Michigan quarterback broke his own single game records in the Wolverines' last-minute victory over Notre Dame on Saturday. You have already heard the stats (258 yards rushing, 244 yards passing) and seen the highlights of his perfectly orchestrated final drive. Robinson was directly involved with all 12 plays of that final drive, not to mention rushing for the game-winning touchdown, marching the Wolverines 72 yards in 3:14 and leaving the Irish with only 27 seconds to try and answer.
Now Denard-mania has gone atmospheric.
He is near the top of most everyone's Heisman ballot, but how about the Michigan doctor who already purchased the rights for DenardForHeisman.com? [Note: Credit the man with a little foresight, purchased the rights before the Notre Dame game] If you are trying to order your replica #16 jersey from the official retailer of Michigan athletics? Too bad, they are all sold out. However, there is certainly no shortage of Denard-themed t-shirts available for fans who are wanting to jump on this ever-growing bandwagon.
Oh yeah. There's also this awesome Heisman pose photograph from Saturday's game.
But from a football standpoint, Robinson is not just the player that Michigan fans have wanted, he is the player that head coach Rich Rodriguez has needed. At West Virginia, he found the most success running his offense through the multi-talented Pat White. When he arrived in Ann Arbor, the heart of smash mouth Big Ten football, it would take some time before he would be able to have the tools to replicate his system. When Robinson hit campus last fall, there was knowledge of his speed and potential, but the maturity and decision-making just wasn't there yet for the talented quarterback from Deerfield Beach, FL. Now, a year later the sophomore has broken through as one of the nation's most electrifying players.
Robinson is no longer a secret, the mania is in full effect. If he was able to total 502 yards against Notre Dame, where will it stop? The Wolverines face UMass, Bowling Green, Indiana, and Michigan State in the next four weeks, but go ahead and circle October 16 on the calendar when Iowa comes to the Big House. Until then, we just sit back and enjoy the show. Maybe even try and emulate Robinson. I'll start by untying my laces.
Posted on: September 11, 2010 5:24 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 7:33 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's Denard Robinson 's world, we're all just loving watching every single second of it.
Whether you're a fan of the Michigan Wolverines or not, if you enjoy college football then there is no excuse for not being amazed at the feats of the Wolverines quarterback through the first two weeks of action. After watching Robinson torch the Connecticut Huskies to the tune of 383 yards last weekend, the kid they call "Shoelace" picked up where he left off against Notre Dame .
He then surpassed his own ridiculous example.
By the time the dust settled on Michigan's 28-24 victory over the Irish, Robinson had amassed 502 yards of total offense. Yes, you read that right, 502 yards. Five - oh - two. Most college football teams don't pick up that kind of yardage in a single game. When Robinson wasn't picking the Notre Dame secondary apart for 244 yards he was letting his legs do the talking, and they talked alot.
Robinson set a new record for must rushing yards by a Big Ten quarterback with 258 yards on the ground, including an 87-yard scamper for a touchdown at the end of the first half, and a two-yard touchdown run to give the Wolverines the lead in the final minute.
Now, it's darn near impossible for a college football player to win the Heisman Trophy after only two games, but as of now if you don't think Denard Robinson is the clear cut favorite to take home the sport's most prestigious award, then you just haven't been watching. In two games he's tallied 885 yards and five touchdowns.
What other player in all of college football has even come close to those numbers?
Granted, there's no guarantee that Robinson will be able to keep this pace up for the entire season -- if he does he'll finish the regular season with 5,310 total yards -- and to expect him to do so is somewhat ridiculous. Still, after watching his first two games as Michigan's starting quarterback, you wouldn't be surprised if he did, either.
Posted on: September 5, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 7:21 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
GOAT*: Denard Robinson. Michigan's electric quarterback Denard Robinson thrilled fans at the Big House, completing 19 of 22 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 197 more yards and another score. Robinson even shook off a third-quarter hip injury, returning after just one series. Robinson's performance was downright seismic: it likely drove backup Tate Forcier to transfer, and it's the type of on-field brilliance around which Heisman candidacies are built. Of course, it was against UConn, and Michigan will not play UConn for every game; if they did, Jim Delany would be fired immediately. But it's hardly a guarantee that Terrelle Pryor can outperform Robinson over the course of the season, and last we checked, Terrelle Pryor was basically the nation's best Heisman candidate coming into week 1.
Goat: Mike Pouncey. Florida's season debut against Miami University--the one that's in Ohio, mind you, and went 1-11 last year--was almost a disaster of the highest order. Yes, Florida won 34-12, but that was a rather deceptive final score--Florida converted a 4th and 21 touchdown near the end of the game to push the margin to 22, and Miami was within 9 points in the 4th quarter (and that's without scoring a single touchdown).
Don't let the 34-point tally fool you: Florida struggled mightily on offense, and the primary culprit was Mike Pouncey, who had moved from guard to center to take over for his brother Maurkice, a first round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers this spring. Pouncey was an unmitigated disaster at center: ESPN announcers counted over a dozen botched snaps, usually out of the shotgun, and the dropped snaps usually killed whatever momentum Florida was trying to sustain against a young but aggressive defense.
Pouncey's unlikely to last more than one more game at center; if he even makes it to the South Florida game, it's because his inevitable replacement needs another week to work on his timing with QB John Brantley. But Pouncey's struggles were some of the worst we've ever seen from a center, and Urban Meyer has never been patient with ineptitude from his players.
GOAT: Jack Crowe. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks pulled one of the most unlikely upsets in years with a 49-48 comeback stunner at Ole Miss, and for head coach Jack Crowe, the irony must have been delicious. 18 years ago, Crowe was on the other end of the "I-AA team beats SEC team" when his Arkansas Razorbacks were upset by the Citadel, 10-3. Crowe was fired just the next day.
Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt probably won't suffer the same immediate indignity as Crowe did 18 years ago, mainly because I-AA teams are far more capable of beating their I-A opponents than 18 years ago, when these types of games were such mere formalities en route to 60-point margins that they didn't even count toward bowl eligibility. But this loss--especially after Jeremiah Masoli was granted eligibility the day prior--may prove fatal to Nutt's career in Oxford at season's end.
Goat: the Oklahoma secondary. Any talk of Oklahoma as a national title contender should be tabled indefinitely, if the Sooners's disturbing 31-24 victory over Utah State is any indication of how they'll perform this season. The USU Aggies--generally considered a middle-of-the-road WAC team--rode a 341-yard, 2 TD performance by quarterback Diondre Borel to rack up 421 yards of offense. The Aggies even had the ball in Oklahoma territory midway through the fourth quarter, but the Sooners defense stiffened and pushed USU back to the 33 before the Aggies missed a 50-yard field goal. Still, this is Utah State we're talking about here.
Oklahoma has Florida State coming to Norman next week, and while it's not like Christian Ponder's about to throw 4 TDs in a half again like he did to Samford this week, it sure seems like he's going to find a porous secondary to shred--not the stout defense that typifies a BCS champion. So, Sooners. It's either shut down Ponder or watch your title dreams get eaten by scorpions. No pressure.
Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 9:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Well, so much for Tate Forcier dismissing all those transfer rumors last month as nothing but that: rumors.
If you were watching Michigan beat Connecticut earlier on Saturday afternoon, you no doubt saw the shot of Forcier sitting on the sideline alone and with a towel over his head. No doubt pondering his future as he watched Denard Robinson light it up, and then, after seeing Robinson leave the game with an injury for a while, Devin Gardner getting the call to replace him.
It seems that Forcier has come to a conclusion on his future in Ann Arbor. More specifically, that there won't be one.
As Forcier walked off the field looking as if his team were on the losing end of their 30-10 victory he was approached by reporters who know doubt wanted to ask him about the game and his feelings. Forcier didn't even give them a chance to ask.
"All you need to know is I'm out," he told them.
Forcier then retreated to the locker room, and upon leaving he ignored autograph seekers, gave a few hugs, and walked off with his cell phone to his ear.
This isn't the most shocking development, as the signs have been there for a while. First, Forcier not having the Michigan wings on his helmet during practice, the rumors of his transfer, and then his demotion to third string on the depth chart. It wasn't as much a question of would he transfer, but when?
Of course, nothing is official yet, and this all could have just been an emotional reaction to a bad day for the sophomore quarterback. Still, i wouldn't expect to see Forcier standing on the sidelines at the Big House in the maize and blue ever again.
Posted on: September 4, 2010 6:04 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Denard Robinson has been putting together a superlative performance today: 14/16 for 108 yards through the air, and 23 electric carries for 170 yards and 1 TD. But on his last carry--a demoralizing QB draw to convert a 3rd and 15 from deep in Michigan territory--Robinson took a shot to his left hip, then landed on the hip awkwardly. The injury appears to be minor, though, as Robinson was back on the field to start the fourth quarter for the Wolverines.
Robinson was briefly replaced by freshman Devin Gardner, who holds the distinction of not being returning starter Tate Forcier. Forcier has denied rumors of wanting to transfer, but considering Robinson's dominance and Gardner's spot off the bench, it seems like Forcier's going to encounter scant playing time as long as both Robinson and Gardner are healthy.
Posted on: September 4, 2010 4:25 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 4:29 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
No one seemed to be surprised when Denard Robinson was named the starting quarterback for Michigan's season opener against Connecticut . With the first quarter coming to a close, it's safe to say that everyone agrees with Rich Rod.
Michigan closed the first quarter up 14-0 on the back, or shoes, of Denard Robinson's 105 yards rushing - including a 32 yard touchdown run near the end of the quarter. Robinson is also 4/4 for 44 yards through the air, but there is no doubt that the Wolverines most dangerous weapon this season will be Robinson on the ground.
Fans have quickly taken a liking to Robinson, wearing t-shirts referring to him as "Shoelaces" -- a reference to Robinson's distaste for tied shoes. According to the coaching staff, how he laces up his kicks doesn't matter as long as it doesn't effect the sophomore's reported 4.3 40-yard dash.
Has to be a good feeling for head coach Rich Rodriguez , who arguably is on the hottest seat in the nation. With Robinson under center, the Wolverines should be able to reverse the losing of late uncharacteristic to the program.
Posted on: September 4, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: September 4, 2010 12:45 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier stepped up as the starting quarterback in 2009 for the Wolverines as a true freshman. With questions about the program and the new big name coach looming, Forcier took on the pressures of the starting job to mixed reviews.
For Michigan's season opener against Connecticut in the Big House on Saturday, Forcier should be feeling a lot less pressure. After all, the quarterback job is much easier when you are the third-string quarterback.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Michigan's quarterback rotation against Connecticut is "expected" to begin with Denard Robinson, followed by true freshman Devin Gardner, then Forcier.
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