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Posted on Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 3:55 p.m.

Michigan's Denard Robinson a first-team all-American - but not at quarterback

By Pete Bigelow

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 He can be reached at (734) 623-2556, via email at and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.



Tue, Dec 14, 2010 : 10:18 a.m.

tg49 I hope Mr Robinson does whatever is necessary to secure his future and getting a degree does not necessarily secure your future in fact it can hinder your future if you have accumulated debt. College is no guarantee of anything anymore especially now.


Tue, Dec 14, 2010 : 8:21 a.m.

Congratulations Denard! A guy who knows that there is no "I" in TEAM! Very impressed with you overall. Glad you are a Wolverine!


Mon, Dec 13, 2010 : 10:11 a.m.

Denard's second half may not have been quite as good as his first half, still, it's somewhat delusional to try to paint his second half of the season performance as a major dropoff. The objective observer would note that he still had several outstanding games against Big Ten opponents, including two 380 yard total offense games. He's not going to get 400 total yards every game out, folks.


Mon, Dec 13, 2010 : 4:40 a.m.

Skip[t3, I might not agree with you on many things either, particulurly about RR, but I have to concur with you strongly on this topic., I really enjoy your work whether I agree or disagree or whatever, and I like a lot of the different personalities w/all sorts of differentiating opinions. However, please take a chill pill on the editing, my goodness. If someone is cursing too much or at another blogger and calling them names than ok, fine. Let people enjoy themselves. Are your monitoring people perhaps too lazy to have to read thru all of them?


Mon, Dec 13, 2010 : 4:33 a.m.

You welcome to post Skipit! In a few weeks, UM and Denard will have a new coach who is a proven developer of Heisman finalists in the QB and RB positions. Maybe Denard will be another finalist in the next few years. lol!


Mon, Dec 13, 2010 : 4:14 a.m.

3&Out, D21, Blu-n-Tpa, & all the other fellows: I have enjoyed having these discussions with you all although we have had different opinions and although we very rarely agreed on anything. This is my last post on this forum. I will stop posting comments and I will no longer visit this website. I am tired of the editors pulling some of my posts for non-sense reasons. I can understand that some posts may deserve to be pulled, but I have been taking some extra precautions not to cross the line and I have been particular about what I post. However, it seems like some posters do get singled out by some "editors". It seems sometimes that no matter how one tries to write a post in accordance with the rules, if it doesn't suit the "editor" himself/herself, that post will get pulled for some non-sense reasons. I thought a forum or blog was there to entice discussions between interested readers, but apparently if a post does not sit too well with an "editor", that is no longer the case. This unchecked censorship is a shame for a newspaper that supposedly stands for freedom of speech. Adios Amigos! Theo, Tater, & all my other fellow RR supporters: Keep up the good fight! ALL In For Michigan!


Mon, Dec 13, 2010 : 3:49 a.m.

Congrats to Denard for another award! Shoelace is an awesome open field runner. Too bad that we did not see the awesome Denard at the 2nd half of the season as the defenses stopped the run of the QB. Denard will be more effective in exclusively running the ball.


Sun, Dec 12, 2010 : 8:54 p.m.

I love it D21, you're so right on! I've been saying DR should be a featured back ala Chris Johnson cause he reminds of him since the summer. Imagine Harbaugh coaching up Tate or Devon into possibly a Heisman type player w/DR at back, who would also be a Heisman contender. It's a no brainer folks, look at how JH has coached two different players to finish 2nd in the Heisman in consecutive years no less! At Stanford no less!!! This talk of "The king" I read on these threads is comical


Sun, Dec 12, 2010 : 8:17 p.m.

Fellas, Here is a preview into the near future under Coach Harbaugh. After winning it's first ever BCS title over Auburn U by a lopsided score of 56-3, Denard told the media how so happy and grateful he and his teammates were toward playing for a great coach in Harbaugh. Below are Denard's notable quotes: "Man, oh man, for example; we were so glad that Coach Harbaugh let us enjoy our bust without breaking into a Grobanian song. "We also love those helmet stickers which used to be part of the UM tradition which Coach brought back and I am already onto my fourth helmet now cuz my first 3 helmets are full with maize stickers." "Man,It is so different from last year and this year like night and day...I wish I have 3 more years of eligibility left instead of one year to play for Coach".


Sun, Dec 12, 2010 : 7:56 p.m.

Denard shall achieve even greater heights as the featured HB/QB/WR hybrid in Coach Harbaugh's unbeatable (Mad Magicians II) BCS championship team. IN THE ACADEMICS DEPT: Any community college > Ohio State


Sun, Dec 12, 2010 : noon

I guess Rich Rod made the right call in the DRob vs. Tate thing.


Sun, Dec 12, 2010 : 2:43 a.m.

@tgc49, What school did you graduate from? I guess that school must not have taught you that "let's here..." was not proper. Let me help you out! Next time, try "let's hear..." @3&out, As usual, another opportunity for you to turn a positive thing about the team into a negative. Your stuff is really getting old; we all know by now that you despise RR. @OSUbeBetter, You're just jealous that Denard (a Sophomore) has so far received more awards and recognition than your little prince Pryor (a Junior). Get over it!


Sun, Dec 12, 2010 : 12:06 a.m.

Sorry OSUbeBetter & and thosewhostayuofm, the schools may be fine for most....but facts are facts, OSU graduates less that 50% of your football players....Michigan isn't much better. The real students on each one of your teams must really laugh at the 'non-students on the team......they are a joke and the world knows it.....the media ignores it.......

3 And Out

Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 11:46 p.m.

Congrats to D Rob. Without him we would be a 4 win team and a 1 win BT team... amazing season and a great kid.


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 11:19 p.m.

Getting a C at Michigan is the equivalent of getting an A at Ohio State. Michigan curves grades relative to the other students enrolled in the class who, 99 times out of 100, are brilliant. The same does not apply to Ohio State. Michigan's engineering, math, biology, chemistry, and physics courses are ivy league calibur. Ohio State's are community college at best. A 3.0 at Ohio State is a 2.0 at Michigan every time so there goes that argument. There isn't a University Ranking organization that has Ohio State above Michigan in virtually ANY academic category. Ohio State fans attacking Michigan's academics is laughable. It shows off just how ignorant they really are.


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 10:50 p.m.

This is just the beginning, folks. You say to yourself, "wow, a qb made the All American First Team as a back." Just wait till we have fullbacks and O-linemen that are so fast, the voters will have to place them as rbs and wrs! Long Coach The King


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 10:50 p.m.

TCG49 Ohio State had 22 players named to the academic all American team. Eligible players are Letter winners who are in at least their second academic year, have maintained a 3.0. Terrelle was one of the players named, and a total of 9 starters were named. Michigan had 8 players, Denard was not one of them. truebluefan Maybe michigan needs to see a doctor to get that Ohio State Boot removed from their pants. ohiowolverine As an Ohio State fan, i have also spent my life as a defacto MSU fan. When Dantonio made the move from Ohio State to MSU i really started following the team with an active interest. But dont fool yourself, OSU Ownes MSU. MSU fans are pretty ticked they got left out, but had they met, Ohio State would have wiped the field with MSU.


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 9:11 p.m.

wolverines vs buckeyes......what a joke neither one knows how to graduate their players they are both a disgrace to college football graduate your players.....then I will be impressed....until then what a laugh........


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 9:03 p.m.

Ohiowolverine, All three teams at the top of the B10 are pretty good, but it's hard to say Pryor and the Buckeyes are overrated. They've won 6 or 7 straight B10 titles and Pryor has won one every year he's been OSU's QB...he's also guided OSU to three straight BCS games over that time (four straight for OSU overall) and three straight demolitions of Michigan. If they are overrated, they've earned it through their body of work over the years. By the way, I'm glad they're good because they set the bar that we want Michigan to get to. OSUbeBetter, Mississippi State got beaten 29-7 by LSU and 30-10 by Alabama. I would say both of those losses qualify as blowouts.


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 7:59 p.m.

OSUbebetter, Pryor and the buckeyes are over rated. IMO Sparty should be going the Rose Bowl, Whisky should go to the Sugar, and the suckeyes should be on the outside looking in.


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 7:53 p.m.

Congrats too to Greg Jones. Q. What is the main difference between a die hard MSU fan and an OSU fan? A. Class Seems that osu fans forget their team went through some dismal seasons.


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 7:15 p.m.

very would be more impressive if he graduated. put a mike infront of him and let's here his acceptance speech....I'll bet that would be special too.......


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 7:03 p.m.

You go Shoelace with "your bad self."


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 6:24 p.m.

OSUbebetter -- Pryor has three pairs of gold pants? Maybe he should see a doctor about that.


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 5:07 p.m.

Denard can have the silver football, Terrelle has 3 pairs of gold pants. Congrats to Michigan for another mediocre season, finishing unranked, and making it to a bowl it doesn't deserve based on the Michigan brand name and almighty dollar. Hope you don't get blown away by another team no one outside of the south has heard of. (By the way, They lost to Auburn by a field goal, and lost to Arkansas in 3ot, so they really are a good team. They didn't get blown out by anybody)

Lorain Steelmen

Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 4:58 p.m.

Congratulations to a great football player, and an even greater young man. DRob is an excellent representative, for his team, and the university...Go Blue!


Sat, Dec 11, 2010 : 4:34 p.m.

Congrats, Denard. Wow, two QBs on the first team and neither one named Newton or Pryor. The latter, of course, will have another cow over this obvious slight to his superiority.