Is Denard faster than Pat White?

Submitted by marlon on September 4th, 2010 at 11:52 PM
I'm not talking about how fast each makes decisions and then executes. I'm talking about football running speed. Is Denard a faster football runner than Pat White was in his college days?



September 4th, 2010 at 11:55 PM ^

if not then damn close.  He may not have the flat out speed, but his burst is sick.

And he threw a couple ROCKETS today as well. Fantastic game for Denard. 


September 5th, 2010 at 12:50 AM ^

As a Soph. White had two games that topped Denard's total.

15 carries for 247 yards and 4 TDs against 'Cuse

22 carries for 220 yards and 2 TDs against Pitt

It should also be mentioned that against Pitt he was also 11 of 16 for 204 yards passing with 2 TDs and no picks.

I love Denard, but he has a looooooong way to go before he is mentioned in the same breath as Pat White.


September 5th, 2010 at 12:52 AM ^

I feel you, after all it is only 1 game. I think the fact that Denard looked great and has shown obvious improvement from last season has the Michigan fans excited. He'll have to have games like this more often to be called Pat White but if he does and the defense can improve, Michigan wont be the butt of jokes much longer.


September 5th, 2010 at 3:43 AM ^

On his first start, Denard clocked in a running performance that would be good for #3 in Pat White's college carreer (going by your numbers above.) I'd hardly say "there is no way in hell he can match White's production as a runner." Chances are still against it, agreed, but I'd say he certainly has a shot - not only to match white but potentially even exceed. (Incidentally, if he does end up being a better passer that would probably hurt Denard's total running production, but should help his running efficiency.)

Frank Drebin

September 5th, 2010 at 12:03 AM ^

I've seen some amazing QB performances at the Big House, or in college football in general. From players like McNabb, Dixon, Juice Williams (he always played great against UM), Vince Young, etc, DRob could easily be placed firmly in that category, and todays performance was just as good as any I have seen from those QB's. If this continues and improves more, which it should, Pat White may no longer be the QB people associate RichRod's offense with.

Chadillac Grillz

September 5th, 2010 at 12:12 AM ^

Just watch him cover ground and there is no doubt that Denard is very clearly faster and it's not that close..he is still quite raw though..which is actually excellent news. In two years Denard could be an unmatched/unprecedented college QB. This isn't Fred Jackson hyperbole either. I watched every move this kid made today and he has limitless potential. His passing could become like Troy Smith and his running abilty is WAAAAAAAY better than Troy which is really saying something astounding. With his competitive and relentlessly self-improving nature he could get scary good. He just needs an elite RB so Dee Hart...come on down! Go Blue!!!


September 5th, 2010 at 12:50 AM ^

...but White can knock people over better than Denard.  I think that when DG gets rolling, he will remind people of White a lot more than Denard does.  Denard is starting to look like a Barry Sanders who can play QB.

Space Coyote

September 5th, 2010 at 2:30 AM ^

Pat White, McNabb, Dixon, Juice, Vince Young, and Barry Sanders...

Wow, I mean, he looked good, but... well... let's just toast our Kool-Aid glasses to that with Coach Jackson.  YAWN.  Someone wake me when we get black John Elway or Tom Harmon


September 5th, 2010 at 11:23 AM ^

He's not Pat White. He's not a genetic clone of Pat White. Like every other person on the planet, he's truly unique, literally one-of-a-kind.That's not a criticism, nor a comment on his prospects for success. How 'bout we just sit back and enjoy Denard Robinson for what he can do without comparing him to somebody else every five minutes?