Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson earns 2nd consecutive Big Ten award after career day
Joseph Tobianski | AnnArbor.com
A running back like Wisconsin's Montee Ball.
Robinson and Ball were named the co-Offensive Players of the Week in the Big Ten Conference today. Robinson accounted for five touchdowns and 330 yards of total offense against Ohio State. It's the fourth time this season he's earned the honor and seventh of his career, third most all time.
He now has won it in back-to-back weeks.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke was asked after the game if this was the best game of Robinson's career.
“Um Let’s hope the next one is," he said. "He played well. He played with a lot of energy and he played with, in my eyes, he played with a toughness. He went after some of those runs, especially in the second half. It just tells you a lot about him and how he feels about his teammates.”
Robinson's three touchdowns passes tie a Michigan quarterback record against Ohio State — and he also had two touchdown runs. His five touchdowns were a first for a Michigan player against the Buckeyes, and his 170 yards rushing were third all-time.
"I’m just glad to be in the offense," Robinson said, when asked about his numbers. "I’m glad to be playing with these guys. I want to be nowhere else but with these guys.
"I’m glad I stayed.”
Ball scored four touchdowns in Wisconsin's 45-7 victory against Penn State. He has 34 touchdowns this season, a Big Ten record. Against Penn State, he finished with 156 yards rushing, and he's scored at least one touchdown in 18 consecutive games.
Other award Big Ten players of the week:
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Kim Royston, Minnesota defensive back (13 tackles, one sack, pass breakup)
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Lavonte David, Nebraska linebacker (eight tackles, sack, two pass breakups, forced fumble).
Special Teams Player of the Week: Carson Wiggs, Purdue kicker (four field goals).
Freshman of the Week: Braxton Miller, Ohio State quarterback (335 yards of total offense).