Should it Be the End of the Denard Era in Ann Arbor?
Here’s a quick overview of what Denard Robinson has accomplished in his three and a half years at the University of Michigan, with the last two and a half as the starting quarterback:
- 4,175 career rushing yards; Big Ten record for Quarterbacks, Third amongst Division 1 Quarterbacks all-time with Missouri’s Brad Smith in second with 4,289 and Rich Rodriguez’s earlier protégé Pat White first with 4,480. Both numbers would have been fully in reach if Denard were to play a complete season.
- In 2010, his first full season as a starter, Robinson finished 2nd in rushing amongst all D-1 players with 1,702 yards, a single-season record for a quarterback.
- That same year, Robinson became the first player to pass and rush for 1,500 yards in a season. His 2,372 yards of total offense are a Big Ten record.
- In his second start, a game against Notre Dame, Robinson set the single-game Michigan record with 502 yards of total offense.
But behind the flashy statistics and highlight reel runs, Robinson’s never been able to make the plays that mattered most. The last two seasons, Robinson is 1-4 against Big Ten teams that have finished the season with winning in-conference records. He was 0-2 against in-state rival Michigan State before this past month’s 12-10 victory behind four field goals. Coming into this weekend, it had been three weeks since the Wolverines’ last touchdown.