Winning Is Denard's Real Recognition

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When Denard Robinson was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Monday evening, I chuckled to myself that just hours before at the U-M Club of Ann Arbor luncheon at Weber's Inn, a U-M fan had asked Rich Rodriguez why Denard was not getting the type of hype he deserved.

He came out of the box with shoelaces untied with one dazzling performance after another. Anything short of stupendous was greeted as commonplace.

What will make Robinson a name to remember in U-M lore is not one game or one season. It will be the culmination of his achievements as a member of the U-M Athletic Department.

He is the first quarterback in NCAA history to rush and pass for more than 1,500 yards in a season, and the sophomore signal caller is definitely one of the most exciting players to watch. Not only did he receive the Big Ten recognition from media and coaches, he is semifinalist for the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien national awards while still being mentioned as a possible Heisman finalist.

He is fast, scary fast. Earlier this year, he went out and ran a 6.81 in the 60-meter dash, winning the event during the Ohio State-Michigan dual meet with little if any form out of the starting blocks.

He said it was "a new experience" to run indoors and win a meet against a Big Ten school, and this year's performance on the football field was a new experience for defensive players who lined up against the Wolverines.

And while many believe Robinson might deserve more recognition, Denard himself doesn't talk about stats and records, he will wait for the recognition he really wants -- a Big Ten title.

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Denard is a true sport...Hes ALL IN, just like all the fans should be...staying positive about the future...one of the youngest teams in the NCAA and implementing a completely new system...with 4 starters on defense gone since game 1 and returning next season look at being in the BCS chase...Denard will keep dominating as long as Coach Rich Rod is there...Get ALL IN and stay positive.

Anyone who thought completely changing offensive systems was going to be a seamless transition, doesn't understand what it takes to accomplish this. Rich Rodriguez is an offensive minded coach. That said, look at the numbers his high flying offense is putting up in the big ten. Results are hard to argue with. The maize and blue led the league in rushing and total offense, doing so with freshmen and sophomores. Now that the pieces are in place on that side of the ball, we can now recruit a majority of defensive players. I have said from the beginning that Rich Rodriguez would need 5 years to recruit and then compete for national titles. Michigan fans have to be pleased with the progress, even though we are used to winning and winning NOW!

keep rich rod there. they are fun to watch and they will keep getting better.trust him

Why are there so many alumni and fans panicking about a couple wins. This is MICHIGAN we are talking about. We will win. Its been three tough years but its getting better. Denard Robinson is one of the best players in college football. If we could win the turnover battle and and be a top 60 defense, which is very possible with the athletes Michigan has. The team will contend for a Big Ten Championship and BCS Bowl.

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