Denard “Shoelace” Robinson returns for his junior year in Ann Arbor.
This five-star recruit from Florida absolutely amazes everyone with his unparalleled speed and agility.
After beating out a quarterback who was not quite as advertised (Tate Forcier, who true to family form, pouted, took his ball, and went home, transferring to Miami) for the starting position at Michigan, Denard quickly set about shattering quarterback records at Michigan—not an easy task to do at Quarterback U.
In his first start against Connecticut, Robinson broke the Michigan total offense record by rushing for 197 yards on 29 carries, and adding 186 passing yards.
His rushing total was the most ever by a Michigan quarterback, and his 383 total yards was the most ever by a single player.
If that wasn't impressive enough, Robinson rattled off an unbelievable 502 yards of total offense against Notre Dame the very next week. The rest of the entire Wolverine squad contributed just an additional 30 yards.
Robinson's 87-yard touchdown run also set a Notre Dame stadium record for longest run from scrimmage.
After the Notre Dame game, it was clear that Robinson would win the Heisman Trophy. The trouble is, there aren't many quarterbacks in the Big Ten who could carry the ball as much as Shoelace did, and not miss at least some time with injuries.
Robinson suffered through minor injuries the rest of the season, and some guy named Cam Newton came along and ended up winning the 2010 Heisman.
Still, by the time 2010 was over, Denard Robinson held six of the top seven spots on Michigan's all-time single game total offense leader board. He also blew away Michigan's single-season mark by over 1,000 yards.
And this is a program with over 130 years of history.
He also ended the season ranked fifth in nation in rushing yards. By comparison, Newton ranked 15th.
If Robinson can stay healthy in 2011, and if Michigan can win a few more games, Robinson could be a favorite to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy.