Michigan's Denard Robinson a first-team all-American - but not at quarterback
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was named a first-team all-American by the Football Writers Association of America on Saturday.
But not as a quarterback.
The sophomore from Deerfield Beach, Fla. Was named a first-team back, along with Oregon’s LaMichael James. The FWAA’s first-team quarterback was Boise State’s Kellen Moore.
It is only the second time since 1967 that two quarterbacks have been named to the first-team. In 1990, BYU’s Ty Detmer and Virginia’s Shawn Moore both earned all-America honors.
He “was as much a ball carrier as he was a thrower at his position,” the selection committee wrote in a statement.
Robinson is the nation’s third-leading rusher with 1,643 yards this season, averaged 6.7 yards per carry and scored 14 rushing touchdowns. He has completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,316 more yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Here's the FWAA's complete team. The FWAA publishes the second-oldest all-American team in the nation, continuously since 1944.
Earlier Saturday, Robinson walked through the Michigan Stadium tunnel during the Big Chill at the Big House, where Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez presented him with the Silver Football Award, which he won over Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor.
The Chicago Tribune annually gives the Silver Football to the Big Ten's best player.
Pete Bigelow covers Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at (734) 623-2556, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.