Denard Robinson Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

Forget all this coaching hoopla...for this post anyway. Until there's real actual news to report about a coaching change or no change...we're going to try and focus as much on football as we can. And it starts with some of our Wolverines bringing home some all-Big Ten hardware at tonight's Big Ten Award Selection Show.

Most notably, Denard Robinson has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year by both the media and the coaches.

Via UM press release:

Robinson Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The 2010 Big Ten Football Awards were announced Monday evening (Nov. 29) during a live show on the Big Ten Network, with University of Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) winning the conference’s offensive player of the year award from both the coaches and media. Robinson was also named to the All-Big Ten first team by the media and earned honorable mention recognition from the coaches.

Robinson directed the league’s top-rated offense that racked up 500.9 yards per contest. The Wolverines led the Big Ten in rushing (251.1 avg.) and were second in passing (249.8 avg.). Robinson set the NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,643 yards on 245 carries this season. He led the Wolverines with 14 rushing touchdowns. He completed 155-of-250 passes for 2,316 yards and 16 touchdowns. Robinson became the first quarterback in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,500 yards in a season with his performance in 2010.

Joining Robinson on the coaches’ first team was senior/junior center David Molk (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township HS); he also earned All-Big Ten second-team honors from the media. He started all 12 games in 2010 after missing the majority of the 2009 due to multiple injuries. Molk was a Rimington Trophy candidate the past two seasons.

Junior nose tackle Mike Martin (Redford, Mich./Catholic Central HS), fifth-year senior linebacker Jonas Mouton (Los Angeles, Calif./Venice HS) and junior/sophomore Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison HS) earned all-conference second team honors. Martin received his selection by the coaches with Mouton and Roundtree collecting their honors from the media. Martin also collected honorable mention accolades from the media.

Martin collected 36 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks during an injury-riddled season. Roundtree is the league’s third-leading receiver with career highs in every major receiving category, collecting 63 receptions for 882 yards and six touchdowns. Mouton led the Big Ten in tackles with an average of 10.1 stops per contest; posting a career-high 111 tackles this season.

Fifth-year senior left guard Stephen Schilling (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue HS) earned honorable mention All-Big Ten from both the coaches and media. Junior/sophomore safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay HS) earned honorable mention from the media.

Fifth-year senior linebacker Mark Moundros (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington HS) was named the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient for the Michigan program.

Congratulations to all of these players. As much as I know each one of these guys would have traded in any of these honors for a win in Columbus, or Happy Valley, or maybe a couple more wins in Ann Arbor, it shows that the guys we've been touting all year as great players have been honored so by their peers. And the best part...Denard, Molk, Roundtree and Martin are all coming back next year.

Go Blue!

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