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Denard Robinson: Using Twitter to Analyze Michigan's Win Over San Diego State

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a first down during the game against San Diego State at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Adam HirshfieldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2011

Denard Robinson had an up-and-down day on Saturday in Michigan's 28-7 win over San Diego State at the Big House in Ann Arbor.

After running for nearly 140 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Wolverines built a 21-0 lead, the man known as "Shoelace" was dominant on the ground. His mediocrity through the air was inconsequential. 

But with two interceptions on two drives to begin the second half, the criticism of his passing came pouring in from critics around the world.

Especially on Twitter. Take a look at some of the comments, both positive and negative.

Some fans love Denard's slippery, yet electrifying running style.

Others wish commentators and fans would find another word to use.

Even some celebrities were getting in on the excitement after a dominant first half for Denard and the Wolverines.

He's like an animal!

He's like Javon Kearse, but on offense! And no, he still doesn't tie his shoes.

He's like...wait...what the heck are you talking about, Bill Walton?

Yes, in the first half, he was out of control, playing at a different level than the San Diego State defenders.

The Vick comparison is interesting...but the difference between the two quarterbacks would soon surface.

Robinson threw two picks early in the second half, and the criticisms of his passing started rolling in.

OK, but who has better dreads?

This tweeter makes a compelling argument. Why don't Michigan's top rushers seem interested in staying healthy at the expense of a couple of yards? BECAUSE THEY'RE MICHIGAN MEN!

Another interesting point regarding Denard Robinson's role. Could he survive as a runner? Is Devin Gardner any better throwing the ball? I don't know...but I do know that you can't argue with 4-0.

Others are more concerned with Denard's future in the NFL...one that—in this guy's opinion—won't include him taking snaps from center.

Though he may have struggled throwing the ball, it's hard to argue with Denard's entertainment value. Even experts like Michael Wilbon agree.

Is Denard still a Heisman contender? Probably. Could he win it if Michigan goes undefeated? Sure. Will Michigan go undefeated? Probably not...but it's nice to dream.

All in all, not a bad day for Shoelace.

Some mistakes, but the numbers on the ground are pretty shocking, no matter how you slice it. Most importantly, the Wolverines move to 4-0 and will face Minnesota next week as Big Ten play opens up.

We'll see you then!

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