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Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 11:36 a.m.

Michigan QB Denard Robinson earns 6th Big Ten offensive player of week award ... not that he cares

By Kyle Meinke

Denard Robinson has never been a big stats guy.

But the Michigan football team's junior quarterback had some gaudy ones last weekend in the Wolverines' 45-17 rout of then-No. 17 Nebraska, including accounting for four touchdowns and more total offense than the Cornhuskers as a team.

For the effort, Robinson was named on Monday the Big Ten's co-offensive player of the week. It his his sixth such award, moving him into third place in league history.

Not that he would know that.


Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

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After the Nebraska game, Robinson was asked about his feelings regarding matching former Michigan great Tom Brady on the all-time touchdown passes list against Nebraska.

Robinson's response: "Excuse me?"

“Oh, I didn’t know that," he later added. "I’m not a big stats guy. I’m going out there having fun with my team, and that’s the biggest thing.”

The junior was 11-for-18 passing for 180 yards and two touchdowns, including a 38-yarder to senior Martavious Odoms that pulled him into a tie with Brady at 35 career scores through the air.

“A lot of people doubt his throwing because he can run so well," Odoms said, "but when he needs to throw and make a play, he gets the job done.”

Robinson also rushed 23 times for 83 yards and two more scores. It was his third four-touchdown game of the year and sixth of his career.

He accounted for 263 yards of total offense, outgaining Nebraska as a team (260).

Robinson's effort sparked 45 points and a win that moved his team to 9-2 overall, 5-2 in Big Ten play, 17th in the AP Top 25 rankings and raised the stakes for this week's regular-season finale against rival Ohio State.

Robinson also was the last Michigan offensive player to win the award, doing so after this year's 28-7 win against San Diego State. He split the honor this week with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 6:19 p.m.

It was nice to see Denard on target with so many throws that he has been missing for the most part this year, especially a few of those third down throws. They were HUGE in this game! I live in Columbus and I'm telling you this Ohio team is reeling! The coach has lost his team, and they are treating him like a dead man walking. They will come oUt fighting like crazy, but we will break their will and the flood gates will open. I expect a big win, 38-13


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5:52 p.m.

Congrats, Denard and the whole team. Good luck against Ohio!


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5:52 p.m.

Happy MEAN day! 1.Beat Purdunck---very winnable game . CHECK!!!! 2. Slap the Squackeyes!!-----CHECK!! i am counting this as a win!! 2 missed pass interference calls and a blown TD call on Hemmingway! 3.Play defense against the Illini----if we hold em under 65--we win! CHECK!!! 4.Hook the huskers-welcome to the big house...children of the corn!!! CHECK!!!! 5. Smush the punkeyes- nothing like kicking an injured dog while he's down-- THE SEVEN GAME LOSING STREK WILL COME TO A CRASHING HALT!!!!! 6. Continue to read all of the MEANies posts and marvel at his wisdom and way with the ladies! MEEEEEANchigan football will go 1-0! I was told by a guy that I know!!!


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

Happy MEANday!!! Great win on Saturday!! By the way.......this one guy I know said Denard will win the heisman 2012-2013 AND in 2013-2014. He will be the first consecutive winner since Archie Griffin!!! MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEANchigan football has emerged from the black!! As denard rolls to the heisman's-- in two seasons-back to back!!


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 6:32 p.m.

That's what is so amazing....he will win it in his first year in the NFL as starting quarterback for the new Los Angeles farnchise coached guessed it Rich Rod!!!The LA Groban's You need to have more faith in "this guy that I know" Also listen to Edgar Winter's Frankenstien it will help you clear your mind.


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 6:08 p.m.

That would be a good trick. He won't win the HT this, and next year is his last year, not 2013.

John B.

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

It is soooo much fun to watch the joy that Denard exhibits when he plays, and is allowed to 'just be Denard.' I think that the coaching staff has now figured out how to fine-tune their strategy to make the best use of Denard's many talents, without forcing him to try and be something that he isn't. And that defense, my goodness! They are now keeping us in every single game, versus losing games in the past. Quite a transformation on defense, in less than one season, to say the least. Defense wins championships! Go Blue!


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5:40 p.m.

Let's just hope he wins the offensive player of the week award for the 7th. time this Saturday against OSU. GBTIM!


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5 p.m.

Robinson deserved this award as did the entire offense. Their combined efforts this week were impressive. They are playing like a team and they deserve credit from the fans as well. My congratulations goes out to all the players who have stuck out the past few years and have put forth the effort to play as an inspired team. Van Bergen deserves special mention as well for the pass breakup in the Nebraska game, that is the type of defensive playing that wins games.