Denard: Walter Camp Player of the Week (Again)

Submitted by Tim on September 12th, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Press release:

Robinson Collects Second Straight Walter Camp Player of the Week Honor

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the second straight week, University of Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week. Robinson collects this week’s honor after racking up 502 yards of total offense in the Wolverines’ 28-24 victory at Notre Dame yesterday.

Robinson led the game-winning 12-play, 72-yard scoring drive against the Irish, capped by his two-yard scoring running with 27 second left in regulation. He accounted for all 72 of the Wolverines yards on the drive, completing 5-of-6 passes for 55 yards and gained 17 rushing yards on six attempts.

Robinson set the Big Ten rushing record for quarterbacks with 258 yards on 28 carries against the Irish. His rushing output is the best road effort ever for a Wolverine ground gainer and the fifth-best single-game effort in school history.

He set career highs in every passing category, completing 24-of-40 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown. Robinson became the ninth quarterback in NCAA history to run and pass for over 200 yards in a game and the first since West Virginia’s Pat White accomplished the feat against Pittsburgh on Nov. 16, 2006 (220 rushing and 204 passing).

In addition to his two-yard game-winning scoring plunge, Robinson raced 87 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter at Notre Dame. The scoring run was the longest run in Notre Dame Stadium history and the sixth longest run in Michigan football history.

Robinson reset the Michigan total offensive record with 502 yards at Notre Dame, surpassing his total of 383 yards set last week against Connecticut. He also set the school record with 68 total offensive plays (28 rushing and 40 passing) in the Notre Dame game.

Robinson leads the nation in rushing (227.5 avg.) and total offense (442.5 avg.) through two games.

Robinson is the fourth FBS player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors twice in a season. The last player to earn the award twice was Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell (won the award twice in a three-week span during the 2008 season).

Not mentioned in the release: He's the first-ever guy to win it in consecutive weeks.



September 12th, 2010 at 1:05 PM ^ DRob for this honor.  Per @BigTenScott, he is the first player to earn Walter Camp National Offensive Player of Week honors in consecutive weeks and the 4th FBS player to earn Walter Camp POW honors twice in a season, and first since Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell in 2008.

Also, RichRod has a message for all of us:

UM_CoachRod Yesterday was a great victory for all of the Michigan fans We have to continue making the Main thing being the Main thing

I guess the Main Thing is winning, because they've been doing that.

West Texas Blue

September 12th, 2010 at 2:01 PM ^

At the Downtown Athletic Club, a guy has started inscribing Denard's name into a certain statue... I kid, I kid.  Still, congrats to DRob, and here's to many more masterful performances from a special talent and a special kid.


September 12th, 2010 at 2:22 PM ^

Unbelievable performances by DRob against U Conn and ND. It's just great to see positive press for UM again. And, it looks like Mallet made the right decision.

Go Blue!!


September 12th, 2010 at 3:06 PM ^

Only one minor error in the report.  He didn't set career highs in every passing category:  he had a higher completion percentage last week (86%!).

Anyway, amazing.  2 weeks, two POTW awards.  Keep the streak alive, Denard.


September 12th, 2010 at 8:44 PM ^

Is it me, or does his smile look like Desmond's?  Can one of you interweb, hot-shots get us a side-by-side?

I'm not starting any bromance here, it's just that I like how his effort, humility and attitude remind me of one our greats.


September 12th, 2010 at 9:52 PM ^

The best part of watching his success has been how he's handled the spotlight off the field.  His interviews are bo-esque "The team, the team, the team" and it's blatantly obvious that his humility is sincere after hearing his teammates talk about him.  What he's doing on the field aside, it's difficult for me to come up with another kid that has represented the university so well.  Congrats Shoelace, and thank you for being a Michigan Wolverine in every sense.