Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
With all the "Denard sucks, lolz" and "Denard can't play QB" and "That wasn't one of his best games" coming out of the internet, I thought we could take a look at where Denard is for some pretty awesome milestones, NCAA wide, and Michigan wide:
He's already got these records under his belt:
—NCAA (all divisions)
- Only 1500-yard passing/1500-yard rushing season
- Rushing yards by a QB (season)
- Division I FBS 200-yard passing/200-yard rushing regular season games (career and season)
- Rushing yards by a QB (single game and career)
- Total offense (single-season)
- Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards (career)
- Silver Football Award Winner
- Total offense (single-game)
- Rushing yards on the road (single game)
- Passing yards (single half)
- 200-yard rushing games (career)
- Notre Dame Stadium longest run from scrimmage
In addition to being Michigan's all time total yardage leader, beating ND, MSU, OSU, and winning a BCS Bowl in 2.5 years as a starter, let's see how he's doing elsewhere:
Single Game Michigan Records:
Total Offense: Denard has the top 8 and 9 of the top 10 games from a total offense perspective. John Navarre's 368 yards against Iowa in 2003 is the only game record that isn't his.
Passing Yards: He sits at #9, #10, and 20.
Passing TDs: Tied for the record (with many others) with 4TD passes in a single game. (ND 2011)
Rushing Yards: Numbers 5 and 7 belong to #16, with the 2010 ND and Purdue games.
Career Michigan Records:
Passing Yards: With 6195 Yards so far, he trails only Henne, Navarre, and Grbac, with Elvis in his sights less than 300 yards away.
Passing TDs: He's #4 again behind the same 3. The 22TDs he needs to pass Grbac here might be harder to do before he graduates.
Rushing Yards: At 4129 Denard trails only Hart, Thomas, Morris, and Wheatley. He needs 912 yards to pass Hart, but as of right now Hart has an extra 439 carries to his record.
Rushing TDs: Again trailing only Wheatley and the A Train he's now tied with Mike Hart with 41. If he can get 15 more he'll pass Thomas and be the highest in the official record books. *
*Willie Heston's 71 TDs from 1901-1904 aren't included in the official database because the pre-1949 stats are incomplete.
Career NCAA Records:
The big one, QB Rushing Yards. Pat White's 4480 is in reach 351 yards away. Denard has 5 more B1G games, and he'll need to average 70.2 per game to have this record by the time the clock hits zeros in Columbus.
Criticize his decision making, throwing off his back foot, etc. but to say he hasn't been awesome to watch the past few years and that he hasn't had a remarkable career... I'd respectfully disagree.
The semifinalists for the best quarterback award were announced today, notables are: Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Matt Barkley (USC), Geno Smith (WVU), Collin Klein (KSU), EJ Manuel (FSU).
ABC/ESPN has exercised its second six day option this season. Michigan v. Minnesota, MSU v. Nebraska, Illinois v. OSU and PSU v. Purdue are all currently up in the air and any could end up at either 12:00 or 3:30. Iowa v. Indiana is still TBA, but is on the BTN.
What say you, MGoBoard? I know this is unpopular, but a 3:30 time fits much more easily into my life at this point, so I'm hoping for the later game.
ok, i cleaned up the redshirt issue, was a holdover from the spring game. figured i should get this out early if anyone is making the trip. let me know if there is anything that needs attention.
What's your top 25? For mine, I decided in part on record, in part on resume and in part on how good I think a team is. As Brian and others have pointed out, Florida may have the best resume in college football at the moment, and thus there's a strong argument for them being ranked #1. I'm still pretty unconvinced by their offense, though, so I have them at #4. Alabama, Oregon and K-State seem more complete and balanced to me, but it's pretty close near the top, and I have a hard time imagining Florida beating Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Hard to say if they'd beat Oregon or K-State. Maybe.
Another team I'm still pretty unconvinced by is Notre Dame. Decent resume of wins over top 25 teams, though. A grudging #8, then, though I expect them to lose to both Oklahoma and USC.
For the Big 10, Ohio is clearly our top team at the moment--though hopefully that will change when we demolish them ;) Both Penn State and Wisconsin seem to have recovered from horrible starts, and so merit rankings near the bottom. I think #20 is pretty accurate for where we are now, though we should rise with a win next Saturday.
3. Kansas State
5. Oregon State
8. Notre Dame
9. Florida State
10. Ohio (State)
13. Mississippi State
14. South Carolina
15. Texas Tech
16. Texas A&M
21. Boise State
23. Penn State
25. Ohio (University)