Michigan Wolverines Stay Undefeated, Conquer Northwestern 42-24

The #11 Michigan Wolverines took to the road for the first time this season tonight. And in their trip to Northwestern‘s Ryan Field, UM quickly found themselves trailing for just the second time this season in the second half. (The first time was the Notre Dame “Under the Lights” game).

Denard Robinson, 17-26-337 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT made some really ugly throws in the first half, and Michigan trailed Northwestern 24-14 at the break. (Largely because of those Denard picks).

But then scored 28 unanswered to send a resounding message, in defeating NU 42-24.

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#11 Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats: Brutally Honest Game Preview

If you ever needed any more evidence that Greg Robinson was in fact THE WORST Defensive Coordinator in college football history, look no further than what the Michigan Wolverines defense has done this year. They’ve only given up 10 whole points in their last three games, and the unit is more opportunistic and turnover-forcing (more on that here)

Sure, this unit has their two best DBs which they missed last year, but they also graduated their best defender from 2010. Personally, I knew Robinson was fired the minute I saw Illini RB Mikel Leshoure burn UM not once, but twice with the exact same wheel route in the 67-65 game. The exact same play the Illini burned Purdue the very week before.

Is the Mich defense that much better? Yes. Are they really that good? NO!

The visit to the Northwestern Wildcats will be big blue’s first time away from the big house in 2011, and their schedule has been soft. Are they a good team? Yes. Are they a top ten team in the nation? NO!

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#22 Wolverines 28, SDSU Aztecs 7: The Michigan Difference

There was a Saturday like this last season in Big Ten football. Where no one in the conference played anybody at all. I think it may have been the same week- the one preceding the start of conference play, so everyone could fatten up with a won and get their confidence up for league play.

Directional Michigan looked pretty bad in the morning games as the Central Michigan Chippewas lost 45-7 to the Michigan State Spartans and the Penn State Nittany Lions crushed the Eastern Michigan Eagles 34-6. The Western Michigan Broncos are giving the Illini everything they can handle though, early in the 3rd quarter.

One game that looked good on paper was the Brady Hoke Bowl: Michigan Wolverines vs. San Diego State Aztecs. Reality told a different story though, as it was also a blowout.

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#22 Michigan Wolverines vs. San Diego State Aztecs: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Michigan Wolverines vs. San Diego State Aztecs– pretty obvious storyline in this match-up of two 3-0 teams. Welcome to the Brady Hoke Bowl! From Fox Sports/AP:

When Brady Hoke was coaching at San Diego State, he played a part in scheduling a game for this week at Michigan Stadium. Hoke now wishes he hadn’t.

”I told Dave Brandon, `Let’s buy that one out,”’ Hoke recalled Monday. Why? ”They’re good,” Hoke said.

Hoke would know. He led San Diego State for two years, turning around its program after doing the same at Ball State, before he was hired by Michigan in January to replace Rich Rodriguez.

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Michigan Star Roy Roundtree Gets Signature Moment, Denard POW Honors

Michigan Wolverines Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver Roy Roundtree is among the best receivers in the Big Ten. The active UM career leader in yards and receiving, he also holds the Michigan record for receiving yards in a single game (246) set against the Illini in the wild 67-65 multiple overtime game last November.

And in Michigan’s exciting come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame, the first night home night game in the 134 year history of the program, Roundtree had a play that will forever be his college football “signature moment.”

Like Desmond Howard’s famous “Heisman pose.”

On the last play from scrimmage, Roundtree caught a go-ahead, game-winning 16-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Denard Robinson with two seconds remaining.

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#26 Michigan Wolverines: College Football 77 in 77

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The Michigan Wolverines has been playing this game for 131 seasons. Yep that’s a lot of college football; much more than pretty much every program. But this year there’s a lot more change in Ann Arbor than usual. A new coach in Brady Hoke, another expansion to Michigan Stadium, making the big house even bigger. And the very first night game in the stadium’s history versus Notre Dame.

Hoke caught some attention at his very first Big Ten media day, for making a couple statements which sounded a bit condescending and off-putting.

“This might sound arrogant, and if it is, it is. We’re Michigan,” Hoke said.

“We have a global education. We’re the winningest program in the history of college football. We have a tremendous staff of guys. The lifeblood for all of us, no doubt, is the guys you bring in your program. We’ve really tried to focus on the guys that fit the mold of Michigan with the integrity and character that we want to have.”

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Michigan’s Denard Robinson Adjusts to New System this Fall

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If you’re looking for the very definition of dual threat quarterback, look no further than Denard Robinson; the man who will be calling signals at the line of scrimmage for the Michigan Wolverines this fall. Even in his two QB role models- you’ll see one traditional classic drop back passer (Peyton Manning) and one electrifying runner (Michael Vick). It’s this duality that makes him a Hesiman trophy candidate.

But as exciting a player he is to watch, he’s just as uninteresting an interview subject. He’s fun to watch, but just never really ever has anything to say to the media. His answers are usually short and spartan.

But he’ll still provide lots of good copy this fall as the Michigan offense adjusts to a new coordinator, new head coach and new system.
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Wolverines Denard Robinson: Quite Possibly College Football’s Most Electrifying Player

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Don’t call him “Shoelace” anymore. It’s an annoying played out nickname that attempts to minimize all that he is just one play. And that’s unfair because Michigan Wolverines QB and dual-threat du jour Denard Robinson is a man of so many moves. Not just one play.

The Deerfield Beach native has been named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year watch lists.

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Denard Robinson, Not Dan Persa Takes Home Silver Football Award

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The Chicago Tribune announced today that University of Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson has been named the recipient of the Silver Football as the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player. The award is voted upon by the conference’s 11 head coaches. Robinson was a finalist along with Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.

For Northwestern’s Dan Persa to not even be named a finalist is an absolute travesty! The Trib should really be ashamed of themselves on this one. In terms of Denard getting the nod over Persa, I don’t agree with it, but I understand it. If it’s about being the “most valuable player” to your team, I think Persa and Denard are a push. If it’s about being the “best player” than I would go with Robinson.

And overall, this year’s race was wide open.

By Paul M. Banks

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Denard Robinson wins Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Award

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It was definitely a tale of two seasons for University of Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson. He absolutely destroyed the college football world after his first five games, and his team was undefeated. But the native of Deerfield Beach, Fla. slowed down, as did his team in the back half of the season, once the Wolverines started to play real defenses.

Still DenardD did enough to win the Big Ten offensive player of the year award from both the coaches and media. Robinson was also named to the All-Big Ten first team by the media and earned honorable mention recognition from the coaches.

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Why Michigan’s Denard Robinson is ready to slow down

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A Michigan football team that’s markedly improved over last year’s 5-7 record has been rejuvenated under the leadership of sophomore stud QB Denard Robinson.  It appears a dark – though brief – chapter in maize and blue history has come to an end.  The blazing fast recruit from Deerfield Beach, Florida has made good on a fat stash of potential, and the Wolverines are back in business.

The praise and hype for the kid they call “shoelace” (he doesn’t tie them when he plays) is well deserved.  Robinson has broken the Michigan single game yardage record.  No Big Ten quarterback has ever rushed for as many yards in a game.  He leads the nation in rushing yards per game, and stands second in total offense.  If you’re looking for an Achilles heel, you won’t find it.  At least not yet.

By Josh Weinstock

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Wolverines Denard Robinson: Truly Bigger than Jesus?

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The late John Lennon once got in trouble for saying that The Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” However, he simply conveyed a valid point- at that particular moment in history, the Beatles’ popularity was arguably bigger than Jesus Christ in certain places. Lennon also gave us one of my all-time favorite quotes: “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

Both apply to Michigan Wolverines football and their QB, the Heisman Trophy front-runner Denard Robinson. His numbers, his media coverage and his persona are getting huge right now- by the end of senior year he could be bigger than Tim Tebow (i.e. bigger than Jesus.) In certain parts of Michigan, maybe so already.

And no one counted on nor expected this production. Remember the talk of a balanced attack in the spread-option? Remember the days when Tate Forcier was the starter? Denard is what happens when you make other plans.

By Paul M. Banks

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