What Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is doing this season is completely absurd. But you already know that. Everyone — from die-hard Michigan fans that have watched every yard he’s gained live to SEC and Big 12 homers that could care less about the Maize and Blue — has seen enough of Shoelace’s highlights and stats to know the kid is special. But how special is he really? I mean Pat White put up monster numbers too, right? Didn’t Vince Young re-write a couple record books? Yeah, they both did…but not like this.
Exhibit A – 2010
Five games into the 2010 season (and remember he played only 9 minutes of one of those games), Shoelace has amassed 1,008 yards passing, 905 yards rushing, and 15 total TDs. At the end of the 2009 season (bowl games included) only SIX(!!!) quarterbacks had accumulated 1,000 yards passing and 900 yards rushing. DRob’s done it in a little less than 17 quarters of football. As a true sophomore, first-year starter. He’s an alien.
Exhibit B – All-Time
When you think of the all-time great dual-threat QBs, certain names come to mind. Vince Young, Tommy Frazier, Eric Crouch, Pat White, etc. Are you curious what the best statistical seasons for these guys looked like? I thought you were. Here they are (ranked by total yardage):
- Vince Young – (3036 passing, 1050 rushing)
- *Tim Tebow – (2895 passing, 910 rushing)
- Woody Dantzler – (2360 passing, 1004 rushing)
- Pat White – (1724 yards passing, 1335 yards rushing)
- *Troy Smith – (2282 passing, 611 rushing)
- Donovan McNabb – (2326 passing, 510 rushing)
- *Eric Crouch – (1510 passing, 1115 rushing)
- Michael Vick – (1840 passing, 580 rushing)
- Tommy Frazer – (1467 passing, 803 rushing)
*Player won the Heisman that season
As of now, almost half way through this — Denard’s first season as a starter — he projects to a final season of…are you ready for this?
Denard Robinson – 2620 passing & 2353 rushing (Seriously, he has to be an alien.)
Exhibit C – Heisman
Here are the complete statistics for the Top 5 Heisman Candidate quarterbacks in 2010 thus far:
|-Comp||– Att||– Comp %||– Yards||– YPA||– TD||– INT||– Sacks||– Rating –|
Without even talking about rushing yards, Shoelace easily holds his own with the elite signal callers in college football. Unfortunately for everyone else…rushing yards are talked about. And he’ll have more than 1,000 after next weekend, the half-way point of the 2010 season. Cam Newton, the closest of the above by far, is sitting with a respectable — but incomparable — 364 yards. He’s gonna be the first alien to win the Heisman trophy.
Exhibit D – Just General What Have You
Robinson has now put together two games this season in which he ran and threw for more than 200 yards.
Notre Dame: 24-40 for 244, 1 TD; 28 – 258, 2 TD
Indiana: 10-16 for 277, 3 TD; 19 – 217, 2 TD
Only eight other people in the history of college football have EVER done this in one game, the above-mentioned Pat White and Vince Young included. Vince Young is the only other person to EVER do it twice in an entire career. Denard Robinson has done this in five games, in less than a half of his first season as a starting quarterback. Dude’s an alien…and he might just be a ninja too.
– Warzecha –