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Those things happened, but Denard Robinson hasn't exactly been the same player since coming into Conference Play.
Even if he had a defense at Michigan, Newton and James would have passed him due to his own issues.
Robinson is a phenominal player, but he has a lot of room to improve and for his sake, I hope he fills out a little bit over the next 2 years
true, but i'd argue that with a better defense, michigan would not have to come from behind all the time and robinson would not have to make so many desperation throws. plus the offense would be out for more possessions so robinson's numbers would be even greater across the board.
You start to wonder why they don't just send the house every play with the way they can't stop anyone. Either that or drop 10 and just have Nick Fairley take on the OLine by himself... still probably good for a sack or two per game
Denard rushed for 178 yards and 1.5 TD per game in non-conference play and he's rushed for 150 yards and 1.5 TD per game against Big Ten competition. Rushing number have been right around, maybe a little better than I expected coming into Big Ten play. Sure, the 6:4 TD:INT ratio isn't too hot but he hasn't been bad outside of the Michigan State game and one terrible throw against Iowa. He's still going to finish the season with at least 2000/1500 and 12/15, which is still beyond ridiculous. He's still be a good player since the start of conference play, he just isn't continuing the once-in-a-lifetime season that he started. If Michigan's defense was even below-average, he'd still be a (not the) top candidate in my opinion.
Cam Newton definitely deserves the award after his insane three game stretch against Kentucky, Arkansas, and LSU. Well, that's assuming he isn't eliminated due to this NCAA investigation.