The University of Michigan has had three Heisman winners in school history but none since Charles Woodson became the only defensive player to win the award in 1997. And the Wolverines have never had one of their quarterbacks win the Heisman. Senior Denard Robinson has one more shot this year and is +900 on WagerWeb.com.
Robinson is the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback and that’s a good thing as dual-threats Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III won the Heisman the last two seasons. Shoelace could make it three straight. He has a chance to equal Brad Smith (2002, ’03 and ’05) and Colin Kaepernick (2008-10) as the only players in FBS history with three seasons of at least 1,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. But as dazzling as Robinson has been, accuracy remains a concern after he completed 55 percent his passes last season and threw a Big Ten-worst 15 interceptions.
Last year, Robinson rushed for 1,176 yards and joined joining running back Fitzgerald Toussaint as the first U-M tandem to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards each since 1975. Robinson’s 16 rushing TDs are fifth-best in a season at U-M and his 18 passing TDs are tied for 10th in a single-season at U-M. Also last year, Robinson became the first Michigan player in modern era to post at least two rushing and two passing touchdowns in back-to-back games.
The Florida native currently holds the NCAA season record for rushing yards by a quarterback (1,702), surpassing Air Force’s Beau Morgan’s 1,494 against Wisconsin (Nov. 20, 2010). Robinson ranks 13th in career rushing yards by a quarterback (3,229). He became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in a single season in 2010. “Shoelace” is second in career rushing yards by a Big Ten quarterback (3,229), trailing Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El (3,895). Robinson ranks third in Michigan career total offense (8,160) and owns the top six and eight of the top nine single-game offensive outputs; record is 502 yards (244 passing, 258 rushing) at Notre Dame, 9/11/10). He has 14 career games with three-plus total touchdowns (5 – 3 times, 4 – 4 times, 3 – 7 times).
Michigan opens the season with a huge showdown vs. No. 2 Alabama at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday. The Tide are 14-point WagerWeb.com favorites.