Michigan Football: Denard Robinson Is Running for the Heisman

David BoduchCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines looks for a receiver 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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Let’s talk about it.  Forget about jinxing it.  This is real, and it needs to be discussed.

Denard Robinson has put himself at the top of the Heisman watch list after two weeks of play.  Not near the top, THE top.

No one, not a single player in the country, can even hold a match to his performances again UConn and Notre Dame, amassing close to 900 yards of offense in just two games and a QB rating of close to 150.  No, that’s not a typo, NINE HUNDRED YARDS OF OFFENSE in just two games.

Robinson has been, without argument, the single best college football player in the country this season, and has been the main contributor to the success of his team.  These are the two criteria for winning college football’s most prestigious trophy recognizing individual effort.

If you are too chicken to talk about it, get over it.  Michigan has the most dominant football player in the country running their offense.  Thank you Rich Rodriguez.

Oh, and by the way, those first two games were his first two starts at quarterback.  To say the future is bright for Robinson and Michigan football, is kind of like saying the Big House has a couple of seats in it.

Denard single handedly has beaten teams both on the ground and through the air without throwing a single interception.  And you were worried about his throwing ability?  Silly.  Just silly.  In doing so, Robinson has also launched Michigan football back into the top 25 rankings (expect Michigan to land at 20 in the next released AP and USA Today Coaches polls).

Through two games as the starting quarterback at Michigan, Denard has done nothing but break records, some of them his own.  This is hard to do when you’ve only started two games.  The argument could be made that what he has done at quarterback this year, can be considered the greatest back to back individual offensive game performances in Michigan football history, but will only be considered as such if Michigan continues to win.

Speaking of continuing to win, the opponent Michigan faces in the next few weeks doesn’t get more difficult, but easier.  If Robinson is putting up numbers like he has been against teams named Connecticut and Notre Dame, what sickness is he going to unleash against a team like UMass?  It will most likely be so impressive, that he will be benched following the first half; a shame for his stats, but necessary to ensure the team’s success going forward.

Expect Michigan to put up a 50 plus point game against their next two opponents, UMass and Bowling Green, and don’t be surprised if they also leave a crater in the ground when they play Indiana in Bloomington three weeks from now.  There will be no let up or mercy in that game following last year’s close call.

So that brings us to the next major test for Michigan a month from now, a team who has been UofM’s “Big Brother” recently, Michigan State.

The University of Michigan and Robinson still have more to prove, and the next most important thing for them to show is that they can beat their in-state rival.

If they can do so, and Michigan can begin their season 6-0, in doing so immediately eliminating the previous years’ hanging question of a Bowl Game, the sky may be the limit for Michigan as they could be capable of beating any given team, on any given Saturday. 

Yes, that means you, Ohio State.  Watchoutnow.