Poetry In Motion

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 2, 2010

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson runs 72 yards for a score during the first quarter against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday.

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson runs 72 yards for a score during the first quarter against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday.

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — Imagine Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson playing quarterback with the passing accuracy of New Orleans’ Drew Brees?

If you think that is an impossible combination, you haven’t seen the University of Michigan’s sophomore sensation and Heisman hopeful, Denard “Shoelace” Robinson play college football.

Watching Robinson run Rich Rodriguez’s up-tempo, zone-read spread option is actually poetry in motion. Because of his deadly speed and quickness, he only needs a small opening in the opponent’s defense before he is dashing down field for a touchdown.

Robinson, who is only 19 years old with long dreadlocks hanging from his helmet, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds flat.

Along with that blazing speed, in the first four games of the season as the starting quarterback for the Wolverines, he has also completed 70% of his passes against Norte Dame, Bowling Green, UMass and Connecticut.

With Robinson at quarterback, the Wolverines are now 5-0 and are ranked in the top 25 in several college football polls. They are No. 19 in both AP and Coaches’ polls.

We all know football is a team sport, but individually on September 11th, Robinson was simply spectacular against the Irish of Norte Dame, when he became the ninth quarterback in the history of college football to run for over 200 yards and pass for over 200 yards in a single game.

The last quarterback to accomplish that feat was the University of West Virginia’s Pat White in 2006 against Pittsburgh, who oddly also played for Coach Rich Rodriguez

Statistically, Robinson ran for 258 yards on the ground while throwing for 244 yards in the air against the “Fighting Irish,” which was the highest combined yards by a single player in Michigan history.

Entering Saturday’s game against the Indiana Hoosiers, Robinson has completed 57 out 80 passes for 731 yards while rushing for 79 times for 688 yards and six touchdowns for the season.

On Saturday, Robinson scored the game-winning touchdown on a four-yard run over the left end with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Wolverines a 42-35 victory at Indiana on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Robinson racked up 494 yards of total offense against the Hoosiers and had his fifth straight 100-yard rushing effort. The 494 total offensive yards are second only to his school record 502-yard effort at Notre Dame.

He also completed 10-of-16 passes for a career-best 277 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, Robinson rushed 19 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns.