Record Watch: NCAA Career QB Rushing record

Submitted by Maize n Blue on October 13th, 2012 at 9:24 PM

With today's 128 yard rushing performance, Denard continued to close in on Pat White's QB rushing record. To break the record in the six guaranteed games we have left, #16 must average 75 yards per game on the ground.


Pat White- 4,480 yards

Denard Robinson- 4,032 yards


If we get to a bowl game, the average drops to: 64 yards/game. If we make it to the Big Ten championship game (and a bowl), it drops to 56 yards/game.



October 13th, 2012 at 9:37 PM ^

As much as I want him to get this record, which is a very significant achievement, I think it's gonna be close. Like really close. I'm just greedy I guess 'cause I want the B1G championship AND the individual record.


October 13th, 2012 at 9:42 PM ^

There is very little change from last week - with a mere 449 yards to go until rushing yard number 4,481, Denard Robinson has been averaging 134 yards rushing  per game this year (804 net rushing yards to date in 2012), and if it continues at the present rate, he is still on track to break the record at some point during the Northwestern game (3.34 games from now). It should be noted that his average production has fallen by a yard compared to last week, but it is well above the critical numbers (as noted by the OP).


October 13th, 2012 at 10:13 PM ^

but I don't think this is an either/or situation. If Denard is tearing up the Big Ten on the ground, the odds of us winning the conference go up big time. I bet if you asked Hoke, he'd say he hopes Denard can top Hart, just because that individual performance would be good for the team.


October 14th, 2012 at 11:06 AM ^

It did seem, for a while there, that folks felt winning was no longer an option...glad to have it back on the menu.

Main course? WINNING.

Your three sides? WINNING, WINNING, AND...WINNING.

And for dessert? Lemme guess: "WINNING." NO. F-OHIO. THEN TWO MORE WINNINGS. THANKS.

Mich Mash

October 13th, 2012 at 11:23 PM ^

I wish they kept stats on "physics defying" plays; Denard would most likely be ready to break Reggie Bush's record.  Someone needs to go back through Denard's career and compile the totality of Denard's wormhole plays.


October 13th, 2012 at 11:26 PM ^

The Postgame Notes have a slew of additional accomplishments for Denard (below). He needs 9 more rushing TDs and 1 more passing TD to become just the third player in NCAA history to rush for 50 TDs and pass for 50 TDs over the course of his career.

• Robinson boasts 41 career rushing touchdowns, moving to third among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. He is tied with Mike Hart (2004-07) and needs six more to reach the second spot, currently held by Tyrone Wheatley (47, 1991-94). Anthony Thomas (1997-2000) holds the program record with 55.

• With 49 career passing touchdowns, Robinson moved to fourth among Michigan's leaders in the category, passing Rick Leach (48, 1975-78). He needs 22 more to reach the third spot, currently held by Elvis Grbac (71, 1989-92).

• Robinson became the eighth player in NCAA history to rush for 40 touchdowns and pass for 40 touchdowns in his career. The last player to accomplish the feat was Nevada's Colin Kaepernick (2007-10).


Player Team Seasons Rushing TDs Pass TDs
Antwaan Randle El Indiana 1998-01 44 42
Josh Harris Bowling Green 2000-03 43 55
Brad Smith Missouri 2002-05 45 56
Pat White West Virginia 2005-08 47 56
Dan LeFevour Central Mich. 2006-09 47 102
Tim Tebow Florida 2006-09 57 88
Denard Robinson Michigan 2009-present 41 49
Colin Kaepernick Nevada 2007-10 59 82

• Robinson posted 287 yards of total offense to become the eighth player in Big Ten Conference history to post at least 10,000 yards in his career.

Big Ten Career Total Offense Leaders

Rank Yards Player, School Years
1. 12,692 Drew Brees, Purdue 1997-00
2. 11,790 Adam Weber, Minnesota 2007-10
3. 11,576 Brett Basanez, Northwestern 2002-05
4. 11,511 Curtis Painter, Purdue 2005-08
5. 11,364 Antwaan Randle El, Indiana 1998-01
6. 10,594 Juice Williams, Illinois 2006-09
7. 10,254 Chuck Long, Iowa 1981-85
8. 10,065 Denard Robinson, U-M 2009-present
9. 9,653 Kyle Orton, Purdue 2001-04
10. 9,400 Chad Henne, U-M 2004-07



October 14th, 2012 at 2:03 AM ^

Yeah, Denards only been a 3 year starter. Still no idea why they burned his redshirt. Impressive to be on this list when he runs the ball for half of his snaps, too. When qb's play in an Air Raid system they put up huge yards. Kase Keenum didn't even get drafted, but passed for 19,000+ yards in college.


October 14th, 2012 at 4:22 AM ^

He had 31 passing attempts and 69 rushes the entire season. It's not like it'd be difficult to find somebody to take his place. How about Tate Forcier, who was starting ahead of Denard anyway.

At the same time, I don't know why we would have redshirted him. It's not like anybody knew how good he would be, or thought he would ever be starting. Tate was expected to be a four year starter at the time, and you had to figure they would find somebody better than what Denard looked to be in 2009 by the time Tate left. Saying we should've redshirted him is just 20/20 hindsight rubbish.


October 14th, 2012 at 10:34 AM ^

Denard was Tate's back-up. So you're saying that Denard should have been redshirted and Tate should have been his own back-up? What about games like Iowa in which Tate got injured?

It was Denard or Sheridan. There really wasn't any other option, unless you want to throw David Cone out there.

snarling wolverine

October 14th, 2012 at 1:24 PM ^

We could have used Sheridan as Forcier's backup.  Having a guy with starting experience coming off the bench, even if he isn't very talented, is a luxury.  I think Rich Rod probably would have done that if he wasn't feeling heat over going 3-9 the year before.  He thought he could squeeze out an extra win or two by using Denard as a quasi-wildcat.  

What really hurt was losing Steven Threet that previous offseason.  Threet would have given Forcier a strong competitor for the job and maybe would have kept Forcier a little more grounded, instead of him becoming hailed as a program savior one week into his freshman season.


October 14th, 2012 at 12:33 AM ^

Denard is the fifth person from a major conference to make it to 40-40.  Sorry, but I think players from MAC, WAC, and other lesser conferences should have their own list.  

I think Randle-El's numbers might be the most impressive.  The poor guy had nobody around him and still got 44 TD's rushing and 42 passing, playing in the Big Ten.


October 14th, 2012 at 10:08 AM ^

This record i fear will still be dependent on the threat of another ball carrier. Fitz and Rawls, or establishing a fearsome counter will all go a long way in helping Denard. As a defense, i would still force Fitz to beat me over Denard.