Michigan's Denard Robinson Earns Manning Award Player of the Week Honor park
Denard Robinson, a senior from the University of Michigan, has been selected as this week's Manning Award Player of the Week. Robinson earns the most-ever votes to claim his first win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Robinson, a Deerfield Beach, Fla., native, racked up 8,269 votes in his fourth nomination in this week's contest. This number far surpasses the previous record for highest votes which was 2,808 for Washington State's Connor Halliday back on Nov. 14, 2011.
Robinson's 235 yards on the ground last weekend earned him the top spot as the Big Ten's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks with a total of 3,905. This number also marked the second-most rushing yards in a single game by a Big Ten quarterback, short of his own record of 258 yards at Notre Dame Sept. 11, 2010.
Robinson also passed for 105 yards and one score as the Wolverines rolled to a 44-13 victory over Purdue. He collected his ninth mention as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and was also named the Maxwell Award Player of the Week. Robinson now has five career 200-yard rushing games, including two this season.
Michigan Athletics will kick of "Pink Week" on Friday, Oct. 12th as several of their teams will host pink games to raise awareness and educate fans about breast cancer. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Michigan football team will don pink gloves and accessories when it takes the field at Michigan Stadium against Illinois at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Behind Robinson in this week's Manning Award contest were Tahj Boyd of Clemson and Army's Trent Steelman. Boyd completed 26-of-41 passes for 396 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He tallied 64 rushing yards and a score as the Tigers scored 17 unanswered points to close the game in a 47-31 victory over Georgia Tech. Steelman directed Army's option-offense to perfection, rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a 29-yard dash with 57 seconds remaining to shock Boston College, 34-31, and snap an eight-game losing streak.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.
The honor will be recognizing its eighth winner this year. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting uarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor – he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. Auburn's Cameron Newton earn the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. This past season's honoree was Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, who was also a top NFL draft pick (No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins).