Michigan QB Denard Robinson Las Vegas Odds to Win the 2012 Heisman Trophy
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
A Michigan player hasn’t won the Heisman Trophy since Charles Woodson became the first and still only defensive player to win college football’s biggest individual award. Can Wolverines senior quarterback Denard Robinson take home the award in 2012? He opened at 11/2 to do so on Bovada Sportsbook’s Las Vegas Odds to Win the 2012 Heisman Trophy.
“Shoelace” actually saw his numbers regress in 2011 after a record-setting 2010 where he had arguably the greatest rushing season by a QB in NCAA history. Two years ago, Robinson rushed for a record 1,702 yards to go with 14 rushing touchdowns, 2,570 passing yards and 18 TD passes and 11 picks. But Michigan wasn’t very good that year.
Under a new coaching staff, Robinson was reined in a bit as a rusher last year to keep him healthy. He rushed 35 fewer times than in 2011 and finished with a still excellent 1,176 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns. However, his completion percentage dropped more than seven points last season and he threw for about 400 fewer yards with four more interceptions than in ’10. But Robinson also led the Wolverines to the Sugar Bowl, where they beat Virginia Tech.
Robinson was the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in a single season in 2010 and became just the fourth player in NCAA history to gain 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in a season twice in his career (2010, '11), joining Missouri's Brad Smith, UAB's Joe Webb and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick. Robinson currently ranks 13th in career rushing yards by a quarterback (3,229) and second in Big Ten history, a mark he will surely own if Robinson doesn’t get hurt.
A quarterback has won the Heisman 10 of the past 11 seasons, so that bodes well for Robinson. No Michigan QB has won the award, however. Robinson gets a chance to make a big impression on Heisman voters right away as the Wolverines open Sept. 1 vs. defending national champion Alabama.
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