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Posted on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 1:27 p.m.

Denard Robinson, David Molk honorable mentions on All-America team

By Nick Baumgardner

Michigan football senior center David Molk and junior quarterback Denard Robinson have spent plenty of time near each other the past three seasons.

On Tuesday, the duo found their names next to each other again.

Molk and Robinson were both named honorable mentions Tuesday on's 2011 All-America Team, Michigan's lone representatives on the list.


David Molk

Molk, the 2011 Rimington Trophy winner for the nation's best center and the 2011 Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, was given honorable mention status by Sports Illustrated, while fellow Rimington finalists Grant Garner (Oklahoma State) and Peter Konz (Wisconsin) were named to the first and second teams, respectively.

Molk was one of 12 honorable mention linemen, representing the Big Ten alongside Michigan State's Joel Foreman, Iowa's Riley Reiff and Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler.

Robinson was one of 11 honorable mention signal callers, joining both Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson.

Baylor's Robert Griffin III, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, was the first-team quarterback, while Stanford's Andrew Luck was the second-team signal caller.

Wisconsin's Montee Ball was named as a first-team running back, while Illinois' Whitney Mercilus and Penn State's Devon Still were named first-team defensive linemen.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.


Lorain Steelmen

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 : 10 p.m.

DonAZ.....I could not agree with you more! In Molks' case, how can anyone be the Rimington award winner, and NOT be a FIRST team All America! C'mon, If that were the case, then there would be NO centers, on first, or second, AA teams. All this does is show how uterly riciulous and foolish, these writers/voters are. As for DRob, I am darn glad he is the UM quarterback! He was, and continues to be, the catalyst/leader, of an over achieving team. I believe, that IF, he is able to stay healthy, that DRob WILL be making the trip to NYC next year. As for now, it's time to gear up, for Va Tech. Good Luck Blue!


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 9:55 p.m.

Are there other sanctioning bodies that award All American awards? I wonder how long has been doing this, since there weren't any .coms before the mid 1990s. DonAZ is correct about how a Rimington Trophy winner is not First Team All American; David Molk.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 6:59 p.m.

I'm always perplexed by such things. How can the winner of the Rimmington award as the nation's outstanding center *not* be on first team All-American? It's as if either the Rimmington award is flawed, or the SI All-American team is flawed. I see Robert Griffin III (Heisman) is first-team All-American QB. There are some that argue rather strongly that he did not deserve the Heisman because of his tendency to make critical mistakes that lose ballgames.