There is no question that Denard Robinson is a special athlete, the Michigan quarterback has taken over the college football world.
Robinson has simply been phenomenal in his first three games of the season. He ran for a combined 559 yards on the ground. Including a 258 performance against Notre Dame on Sept. 11.
Robinson has also been impressive throwing the ball down field, throwing for 671 yards and has also thrown four touchdowns.
However, if Michigan is not able to win in the Big Ten this year, it will be very hard for Robinson to gain votes from the committee.
Even after his recent play against FCS UMASS; the QB does not deserve to be the leading candidate for the Heisman. There is no doubt that Robinson’s first three game of the season have truly been remarkable, but with his first true challenge not coming until Oct. 16, when the Wolverines play the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The return of Mark Ingram to Alabama this week against Duke also hurts Robinson’s Heisman chances in 2010. After missing the first two games of the season, Ingram has returned right as Alabama gets ready enter the SEC conference play.
Ingram took home the Heisman in his sophomore season after helping lead Alabama to a National Championship in 2009. During his sophomore season, Ingram ran for 1,658 yards and picked up 17 touchdowns on the ground.
It did not take long for Ingram to find his stride 2010. In his first game back against the Duke Blue Devils on Sept. 18, Ingram took the ball nine times for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
The Blue Devils seemingly were offered up to Ingram as a warm-up to next week’s match-up against Heisman candidate Ryan Mallet, and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Ryan Mallet, a 6-6 junior quarterback, entered the season as one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy at the begging of the year. After throwing for at least 300 yards in his first three games, Mallet is making it obvious why he was one of the favorites to take home the Heisman in 2010.
Through the first three games of the season Mallet has thrown for 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns, including a rushing touchdown against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 11.
After throwing for 3,627 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2009, Mallet became a clear favorite in 2010 to challenge Ingram for the Heisman trophy.
Mallet faced his first test in the SEC against Georgia. The Arkansas quarterback picked apart the Bull Dog defense and threw for 380 yards with three touchdowns.
Unfortunately the re-emergence of Ingram and the consistent play of Mallet have tarnished Robinson’s chances of winning the Heisman. Also, the fact that Robinson plays in the Big Ten compared to the SEC will weigh heavily on his chance to take the Heisman in 2010.