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Sometimes it can be the presence of one player that can change the fortunes of a program. That player has to be transcendent—not just dynamic on the field, but who has an appeal that draws top recruits around the country to his school.
While players of that caliber usually lay the foundation for success, they can sometimes finish the job they started (see: Newton, Cam).
The Wolverines have one of those players in junior quarterback Denard Robinson.
Ironically, it was last season's game against Notre Dame that served as Robinson's introduction onto the national scene. Robinson was nearly superhuman in that game, rushing for 258 yards and two touchdowns and throwing for 244 more yards and another score in Michigan's 28-24 win. He accounted for 502 of the Wolverines' 532 total yards.
The Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year finished the season second in the country in rushing with an NCAA quarterback record 1,702 yards (only 29 behind leader LaMichael James) and 14 touchdowns. He proved to be much more than just a run-first quarterback, as he completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,570 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also became the first player in history to throw for over 2,500 yards and run for 1,500 in the same season.
With Rich Rodriguez' spread option offense no longer in place, Robinson's numbers may not have the same gaudy video game feel to them, but that doesn't make him any less dynamic or dangerous.
Or appealing to potential recruits nationwide.