Michigan Football: Pat White or Denard Robinson? Which Rich Rod QB Is Best?

David DanielsSenior Writer IOctober 3, 2010

Pat White

  • Started an NCAA-record 42 games in his illustrious career.
  • Went 34-8 as a starter, making him the most winning quarterback in West Virginia football history by far.
  • Is the only quarterback ever to win four bowl games in four years as a starter.
  • Rushed for the most yards in NCAA history as a quarterback with 4,385 yards.
  • Has the most total touchdowns in Big East history with 103 scores.

Pat White is not only a legend in West Virginia, but in NCAA football history as well.

Denard Robinson is only a sophomore, and has only started five games at quarterback in his career, but he already deserves to be compared with the great White.

Not just because he's another Rich Rodriguez shotgun superstar—well, actually, exactly because of that reason.

Robinson is being considered by many to be the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.  How far he can lead the Wolverines will most likely decide if his name is called in New York City this December.

Back to the comparison, where the fairest thing to do is to look back at Pat White's first five games in his sophomore campaign and compare them with Robinson's success in 2010.

Through the air, Robinson blows White away.

Robinson threw for 1,278 yards, seven touchdowns, and one interception.  White threw for 567 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Now, Robinson did have 37.5 percent more passing attempts than White, but he still passed for twice as many yards as White, and threw only one pick compared to White's three despite the less attempts.

On the ground, the NCAA's all-time leading rusher at quarterback should dominate right?

Not so fast, White's numbers are dwarfed by Robinson's yet again.

White rushed for 270 yards compared to Robinson's 905.  Robinson also got into the end zone twice as much as White scoring eight times to White's four.

Again, Robinson carried the ball more often, over twice as much as White, but he did more with his opportunities, running for over three times the yards White ran for.

Stats, of course, don't tell the whole story. 

Michigan backs Michael Shaw and Vincent Smith aren't the same caliber of players that Steve Slaton and Owen Schmitt were. Pat White wasn't needed for the Mountaineers to win football games as much as Denard Robinson is for the Wolverines, which can't be counted against White.

By pulling out these stats that overwhelmingly favor Denard Robinson, I'm not trying to say that he has already shown the nation that he is better than Pat White or that he will surpass White in every statistical category.  It would be absurd to make that statement by examining just five games.

What should be seen is that the similarity between the two quarterbacks is undeniable, and Robinson could very well end up right beside White in the NCAA history books.

Whether Robinson is standing in front of or behind White remains to be seen.