Oct. 11, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football senior quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) has been selected as the Manning Award Player of the Week for his performance in Michigan's 44-13 Big Ten victory at Purdue last Saturday (Oct. 6). Robinson received the honor over seven other Manning Award "Stars of the Week" after earning the most-ever votes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Robinson racked up 8,269 votes, far surpassing the previous record for highest votes, which was 2,808 for Washington State's Connor Halliday on Nov. 14, 2011.
Earlier in the week, Robinson claimed two other weekly awards for his play against the Boilermakers. On Monday (Oct. 8), Robinson collected his ninth Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week accolade, tying former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne for the most weekly honors since the award began in 1987. On Tuesday, the senior captain was selected as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week.
Robinson carried the ball 24 times for 235 yards and completed 8-of-16 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown against Purdue. He became the Big Ten's all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback with 3,905, surpassing former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El (3,895). Robinson's 235 rushing yards also marked the second-most rushing yards in a single game by a Big Ten quarterback, short of his own record of 258 yards at Notre Dame Sept. 11, 2010.
Robinson now has five career 200-yard rushing games, including two in 2012, tying Mike Hart (2004-07) for the most in U-M history. Robinson surpassed Chris Perry (2000-03) and Butch Woolfolk (1978-81) in career rushing yards and now ranks fifth in Wolverines history with 3,905. He also moved past Todd Collins (1991-94) into fourth place in Michigan football history with 5,873 career passing yards.
The No. 25-ranked Wolverines will host Illinois for their homecoming game on Saturday (Oct. 13) at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised in the upper Midwest on ABC and will be available to the rest of the country on ESPN (coverage map).
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