Michigan vs. Air Force May Be Bigger for Denard Robinson Than Wolverines

Adam Biggers@@AdamBiggers81Senior Analyst IISeptember 6, 2012

Denard Robinson has a lot to prove Saturday against Air Force.
Denard Robinson has a lot to prove Saturday against Air Force.Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines aren't a one-man team.

But Wolverines senior quarterback Denard Robinson is a one-man wrecking crew with capabilities beyond those of most athletes.

Saturday's game against the Air Force Falcons is, without question, important for the Wolverines, who were disposed of—and quite easily—by the now top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, 41-14, this past Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

But this Saturday's duel with the high-flying Falcons could prove to be more important than the Alabama game for Robinson, whether he feels that way or not.

Think about it.

After rushing for just 27 yards in an embarrassing loss to the Tide, Robinson's Heisman Trophy hopes nearly vanished, if only for a week. He was a preseason favorite to win the stiff-armed trophy, and his abysmal showing against Alabama prompted some to call him overrated.

Adding fuel to that fire were Tweets courtesy of Michigan State Spartans players like Denicos Allen, Kyle Artinian and others.

Wolverines coach Brady Hoke took the high road, saying that the Tweets weren't really worth discussing. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio apologized for his players' antics, and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit called the Tweets a "clown move" on the part of Michigan State players.

Robinson, unfazed, didn't really care either way. He's too focused to feed into the childish back-and-forth Twitter-jab mania.

"I heard about it but I don't think about it," Robinson said. "I'm not even worried about that right now."

He may not be worried about what Spartans players and others had to say, but it's likely that he at least thinks about the Alabama game and the effect it will have on his career's overall resume.

Robinson needs to take action Saturday.

He needs to have a "Shoelace" type of game, one where he executes insanely athletic plays to perfection, makes defenders look foolish and reminds college football pundits why he was a preseason Heisman candidate in the first place.

Michigan can't enter Week 3 with a 0-2 record. Robinson can't afford a sub-par outing against the Falcons, either.

Some would say that Robinson has nothing left to prove—and they would be right, in a sense.

However, despite the fact that he entered the season as the ninth-leading rusher in Michigan football history; despite the fact that he became the first player in NCAA history to rush and pass for more than 1,500 yards in one season (2010); and despite the fact that he could become the NCAA's most-prolific rushing quarterback, Robinson left something to be desired Sept. 1.

College football fans, not just Wolverines followers, yearn for more from the Ann Arbor campus legend. He's certainly capable of delivering—and he must, considering that he's in the final year of an otherwise star-studded collegiate career.

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