Meet Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines' Quarterback: Can You Say Heisman?

Jeremy Lookabaugh Correspondent ISeptember 11, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 11, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan defeated Notre Dame 28-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Who Is Denard Robinson

Denard Robinson is a sophomore quarterback at the University of Michigan. He was the backup as a freshman to Tate Forcier, but played well enough this season to earn the starting job. 

Robinson was highly recruited out of high school. He is from Deerfield Beach, Florida. As a high-school senior, Robinson earned scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia, Kansas State, and Michigan among other schools. He was listed as an "athlete" because of his astonishing 4.3, 40-yard dash speed. 

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is putting up some historic numbers after his first two starts of the season.


Week 1 Against Connecticut 

In a Week 1 victory against Connecticut, Robinson completed 19 of 22 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 197 yards on 29 carries and the Wolverines defeated the Huskies 30-10. 

Robinson destroyed a record that lasted for a 131 years. He broke the single-game record for total offense with 383 yards and also broke the single-game rushing record by a quarterback with the 197 yards. 

He also led the Wolverines to a convincing win against the Huskies, a team that many experts picked to win the Big East.

Week 2 Against Notre Dame 

The following week against rival Notre Dame was no different. In fact, Robinson destroyed the records he set just one week ago. He rushed for 258 yards on 29 carries. Robinson also completed 24 passes for 244 yards. He had a total of 502 yards of total offense. 

He also broke a Notre Dame record. He snapped off the longest run in the history of the Irish's fabled stadium, an 87-yarder for a touchdown. 

The most impressive part of Saturday afternoon's game was the way Robinson carried the Wolverines to victory as a sophomore quarterback in South Bend. Nothing wavered the young man. 

After the Irish scored on a 95-yard pass to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, Robinson scored the winning touchdown on a two-yard run with 27 seconds left to play. 

Robinson became just the ninth player in FBS history to rush and throw for at least 200 yards in a single game.



Robinson was not on any preseason Heisman list, but who could blame the experts? He is a sophomore and just earned the starting quarterback job at a struggling university.

But, after two games there should be no debate on why Robinson is leading the Heisman race after Week 2.

He is putting the Michigan Wolverines on his back and carrying them. Robinson is an amazing athlete and is a great player to watch. 

He's a tough kid, that's one thing that stands out," Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly said. "You run a quarterback 25 times, you've got to have toughness." 

If the Wolverines continue to win, Robinson will be in the Heisman discussions when the season comes to an end. 

Michigan is a team on the rise, and they will go as far as Denard "Shoelace" Robinson's legs will take them.