Sugar Bowl 2012: How Can Denard Robinson Take His Game to Heisman Levels?

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJanuary 3, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with students after beating Ohio State 40-34 at Michigan Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Every season we throw out names of college football players that have a chance to become a Heisman Trophy winner. By the end of the year, a majority of those names were forgotten about.

The truth is, only a handful of players have a chance to win the most prestigious award because it's extremely difficult to do. You have to play great, your team has to win, you have to have a 'Heisman moment' and you have to have a ton of hype surrounding you. 

There are tons of great college football players that have the numbers, but nobody knows who they are because of the lack of hype.

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is a player that has been talked about for a while now. For the last two seasons he has been mentioned as a possible Heisman candidate but has never received an invite to New York.

The last two seasons he has thrown for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000. The numbers are there without question. So, what in the world does he have to do to have a chance at the Heisman?

I think the answer is pretty simple. He has to limit his mistakes.

In three seasons as the Michigan quarterback, Robinson has thrown a total of 29 interceptions. His freshman season he threw a total of 31 passes and four of those were completed to the other team. His sophomore season he threw 11 and this year he threw 14, which is only four less than the amount of touchdowns he threw.

Racking up over 4,000 total yards is very impressive but when the other quarterback candidates are barely throwing five interceptions, it doesn't help your case.

It's not just putting up great numbers that help you win the Heisman, it's also limiting your mistakes and that's been the reason Robinson hasn't been considered quite yet. The soon to be senior quarterback is a huge reason the Wolverines have been winning games, but he's also the reason they struggle at times.

Robinson can either help blow teams out when he's playing well or can makes things very difficult for the Wolverines with his costly turnovers.

The Wolverines quarterback will be a favorite heading into next season, he'll also have a key game against Alabama, which could quickly make him the front-runner. The Wolverines are back in the national spotlight. He has the weapons around him to be successful.

Everything is looking good for 'Shoelace', he just needs to stop tripping over his own feet.

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