Michigan Football: Predicting Denard Robinson's Finish in Heisman Voting

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a first down during the first half of 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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Typically, when your quarterback goes eight for 17 passing for 95 yards, two interceptions, and no touchdowns, that's one of the worst days possible.  

However, rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns may be just enough to call it a successful day on the gridiron. 

That was the stat line for Michigan Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson against San Diego State on Saturday. 

Robinson may not finish the 2011 season with even 1,000 passing yards, but as of now, he is on pace to finish with over 3,000 rushing yards.  

A pretty rare stat line for a Division I quarterback on a competitive team, but that is what makes Robinson such a special talent. 

Defenses have no idea what exactly to expect when Robinson has the ball in his hands, and if a play breaks down, he has no problem tucking the ball and running it for big yardage. 

So through four games, is it safe to call Denard Robinson a dark horse candidate for the Heisman?

Now, many fans and analysts alike are under the impression that the Heisman is Andrew Luck's award to lose this season, and with 8 touchdowns and almost 800 passing yards (with just one interception) through three games, that may very well be the case.  

But it's not like Wolverine fans don't have a sliver of hope here. 

As of this writing, Robinson leads the league in rushing yards (552) and total touchdowns (11).  Granted, players like South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore are still yet to play in Week 4, but that is an impressive statistic nevertheless. 

Looking at the final two-thirds of the season, it appears that the biggest tests left for Michigan will be their final stretch which includes Illinois, Nebraska, and finally, Ohio State. 

If Robinson can lead his team to victory in those three games, Michigan would be a top 10 team without question. 

It's a long shot, but it certainly is feasible.  Even if the Wolverines somehow lost those final three games, it's unlikely that Robinson would finish outside the top five of the Heisman voting as long a he continues to make big plays and find the end zone. 

Whether or not Robinson gets college football's biggest honor at the end of the season, it seems safe to say that a plethora of fans will be excited to watch him from week to week.