Monday, September 10, 2012
Player of the week: Big Ten
By Brian Bennett
Stop me if you've heard this one before: The player of the week in the Big Ten is Denard Robinson.
The Michigan star has become a fixture for these sorts of honors. He won his eighth official offensive player of the week award from the Big Ten on Monday, tying for second most in conference history with former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees.
And Robinson was at his finest on Saturday in the 31-25 win over Air Force. He accounted for 426 yards of total offense even though his team put up 422 yards, a kind of fuzzy math only a player like Robinson could accomplish. He also had four touchdowns, two on the ground and two through the air. He finished with more than 200 yards rushing (218) and passing (208) to become the only player in FBS history to accomplish that three times in his career.
Robinson's day included a 79-yard touchdown run on his team's first offensive snap and a 58-yard touchdown sprint on the first play of the second half.
There were some other good performances during the weekend for Big Ten quarterbacks, including Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Minnesota's MarQueis Gray. But Robinson takes the award for his uncommon yet common brilliance.