Week 5 was a very nice step forward for Denard Robinson. Statistically, he's pulling away from Pryor in every rushing category. Pryor clearly throws the ball around more, thus his passing stats look slightly better. But, I will say passer ratings have always been close between these two players, with Denard having the edge every week.
Denard is the only player in FBS history to rush for over 200 yards and pass for over 200 yards twice in one season. Denard has not only done it twice, but he did it twice in 4 weeks, against decent defenses, on the road.
He was also named the Davey O'Brien QB of the week...again. [Via UM release]
Pryor's road to Heisman glory hit a little speed bump last week when he went down with a "strained quad". The nature of an injury like this is it could clear up and be fine in one week, or it could fester and mushroom into a season-long injury that could seriously hinder any sort of running/planting/turning ability.Robinson Named Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the WeekFORT WORTH, Texas -- For the second time in five games this season, University of Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) was named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after leading the Wolverines to a 42-35 victory over Indiana last Saturday in the Big Ten Conference opener. He received the same honor after leading Michigan to a win over Notre Dame on Sept. 11.
Robinson accounted for 494 yards of total offense in the win against the Hoosiers and has four of the top 10 total offensive performances in Michigan history this season. He was 10-of-16 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns (27.7 yards per completion), while also notching 19 rushes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. On the Wolverines' second offensive play, Robinson busted a 72-yard touchdown run and also scored the game-winner, diving into the end zone from four yards out with 17 seconds left in regulation.
He is the only player in college football history to run and pass for at least 200 yards each in the same game twice during the regular season. Through five games, Robinson has 1,913 yards of total offense (1,008 passing, 905 rushing) and has accounted for 15 touchdowns (eight rushing, seven passing).
Michigan welcomes in-state rival Michigan State to Michigan Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The game will be shown to a nationally-televised audience on ESPN on ABC and begin at 3:30 p.m.
tOSU fans should be concerned, because after the play he was injured on, he spent some time on the sideline, and then came back into the game to hand the ball off 26 times, go 3 for 4 passing for 28 yards and a QB sneak for 2 yards.
Pryor's run for 66 yards against Illinois was his career long run. After about 50 yards, he completely ran out of gas and was easily caught from behind. On Denard's first carry against IU, he went 74 yards untouched and pulled away from the Hoosier DBs the whole way.
Week 5 stats:
Season stats through 10-2-10:
Denard Robinson photo credit: AP Photo/The Michigan Daily, Sam Wolson