There's a new superman in town, only this time he is dawning different colors, Maize and Blue. “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,” it’s Denard Robinson.
Michigan fans are ecstatic with the way their Wolverines have started off the season, but no one is more relieved than Rich Rodriguez.
The play of sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson is a huge reason for their early success.
If you thought what he did last week was sensational, what he did to Notre Dame was electric.
The numbers he has put up thus far are the type of numbers you put up on the video game, NCAA Football 2011, with the settings on varsity.
Through two games this season he has thrown for 430 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns. The passing numbers are average, but the numbers he is putting up on the ground are down right disgusting. To see a running back put up these types of numbers through two games is incredible but a quarterback doing this is, well there are no words to describe how remarkable it is.
He broke a few records against the Irish; one was the longest run in history at the Irish’s stadium, an 87-yarder for a touchdown. Then he ended the game with a school-record 502 yards of total offense, which included 244 yards passing and 258 yards rushing.
Oh, and don’t forget how he led his team to a come from behind victory on the last drive of the game. Where he capped the game off with a two yard plunge into the endzone for a 28-24 victory over the Irish and his second rushing touchdown of the game.
After the win, he didn’t even realize the records he had broken. “Man, I didn’t even know that,” said Robinson walking off the field.
He is the kind of player Rodriguez has been looking for since he took the head coaching job at Michigan. In a way you could say that he has found his new Pat White, the former quarterback at West Virginia.
"I've had some tremendous quarterbacks," Rodriguez said, "and I've never had anyone do that."
Robinson is a tough kid that isn’t afraid to make a big play in high pressure moments. He won't shy away from anything, as he taken some hard hits this season. Time after time he comes up with the big play, essentially carrying the team on his back. He has looked like a veteran player, and a clutch one to boot.
There weren’t too many people that even knew of Robinson until last week. Now everyone is wonder who can stop this kid.
It's hard to find a single player that has better than him this season Maybe because there isn't one. That’s why in my books he is the leading candidate for the Heisman trophy. I know it’s pretty early to be calling a favorite let alone a winner, but if anyone can find someone that has outperformed him so far, then by all mean let me know.
The biggest question to his Heisman campaign isn’t whether or not he can keep this up, because he will, but it’s if he can stay healthy. In both games this season he has been taken out from being knocked around. During the UConn game he suffered a bruised hip, then against Notre Dame his head was slammed on the turf and had to be taken out for a play.
As of now the Heisman race isn’t even close. Not even the likes of rival quarterback Terrelle Pryor can hold a candle to Robinson. With that being said, if he stays healthy, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that he will be hearing his name called as the Heisman Trophy winner.