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Robinson, Funchess Bring Home Big Ten Weekly Awards
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MGOBLUE Denard Robinson (L) and Devin Funchess
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Denard Robinson (L) and Devin Funchess
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09/10/2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football senior quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week today (Monday, Sept. 10) for his play in Michigan's 31-25 victory over Air Force last Saturday (Sept. 8), while tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Robinson completed 14-of-25 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 20 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns against Air Force. For his efforts, he became the first player in FBS history to pass and rush for 200 yards in a game three times in his career. The performance also marked Robinson's eighth career game in which he accounted for at least four touchdowns.

With touchdown scampers of 79 and 58 yards, respectively, against the Falcons, Robinson became the first Wolverines player since Tyrone Wheatley, in the 1993 Rose Bowl, to record two rushing touchdowns of 50 yards or more in a game.

Robinson upped his career rushing yards to 3,474 and moved to seventh place among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, passing Rob Lytle (3,317, 1973-76). He also moved to eighth place among the all-time NCAA leaders in rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing five different players on the list.

Funchess paced Michigan's receiving corps with four receptions for a team-high 106 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown catch. He became only the ninth freshman in school history to have a 100-yard receiving game, and also was the first U-M tight end to surpass 100 yards since Jerame Tuman recorded 126 yards against Colorado in 1997.

In addition to collecting his eighth career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, Robinson was named the College Football Performance Award National Player of the Week and National Quarterback of the Week.

Media Contact: Justin Dickens (734) 763-4423


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