No shoelaces and the guy can still outrun everyone on the football field.
That’s what Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson can do at any moment when he lines up behind center. Breaking off big runs and taking the ball in to the end zone is something we’ve become accustomed to seeing when watching No. 16 on Saturday’s.
Robinson is the most exciting player in the Big Ten, period.
He has the opportunity this season to do a number of special things. First, beat the defending national champs in their first game of the season in Cowboys Stadium. Second, win the Legends Division and take the Wolverines to the B1G title game. Third, have a shot at the Rose Bowl if they can get past Wisconsin in Indianapolis. Fourth, and maybe most possible of them all, win the Heisman Trophy.
He’s one of the most electrifying players in college football and one of the great personalities in college sports. There is no doubt Robinson can make the trip to New York.
In order for Robinson to have a shot, he needs to cut down on his interceptions and become a more complete and accurate passer. In 2011, he saw his completion percentage drop from 62.5 to 55.0, and he threw four more interceptions (15) than he did in 2010.
It will be important he doesn’t try and win the Heisman on every play when Michigan takes on Alabama. Robinson was known for throwing off his back foot when getting in to trouble in 2011 and that will run him in to serious trouble against the Tide defense.
The opportunity is there for “Shoelace.” He has to seize each moment.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.