Denard, Michigan Bring Home BTN Awards

I caught a few minutes of the BTN awards show last night. I just want to say that even though Michigan, and Denard did very well last night, the one award I really want to see Michigan football take home is the team of the year award.

And, props to Darius Morris, Brock Mealer and Carol Hutchins for their nominations.

BTN Videos!
Breakout athlete of the year:

Game of the year:

Via UM media relations/
Denard Robinson, U-M Football Recognized with Three Honors During BTN Awards Show
University of Michigan football claimed top honors in three categories during the fourth annual Big Ten Network Awards Show Monday night (June 20). U-M sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson was honored as Breakout Performer of the Year and for Most Dominating Performance for his efforts at Notre Dame on Sept. 11, while the Wolverines’ triple-overtime victory against Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 6, was named Game of the Year.

Robinson, after attempting only 31 passes for 188 yards as a freshman in 2009, started every game in 2010, passing for 2,570 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 1,702 yards and 14 touchdowns.  Robinson became the first player in NCAA history to throw for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in a single season. The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year began his sophomore campaign by setting a school record for most total yards in a game (383) vs. Connecticut (Sept. 4), only to break that mark the next week at Notre Dame (Sept. 11) with a 502-yard performance. His 328.6 yards of total offense per game ranked first in the Big Ten and second in the NCAA. Robinson’s 4,272 total yards of offense, a Michigan single-season record, and 32 touchdowns also landed him sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 2010.

Two of Robinson’s school-record 502 yards came on the game-winning touchdown run in Michigan’s 28-24 victory at Notre Dame on Sept. 11.  Robinson accounted for 502 of the team’s 532 yards of total offense, finishing with 258 yards rushing—a Big Ten record by a quarterback—and 244 yards passing.  The second-year quarterback became only the ninth quarterback in FBS history to gain more than 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing in the same game. He also scored on an 87-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, the longest rushing touchdown in the history of Notre Dame Stadium, the second-longest run all-time by an opponent against Notre Dame and the sixth-longest scoring play from scrimmage in Michigan history.

In a football game on Nov. 6 that granted the winner bowl eligibility, Michigan defeated Illinois, 67-65, in triple-overtime, for BTN’s Game of the Year. In the third overtime, U-M blitzed to force an incomplete pass on an Illinois two-point conversion to hold on to a two-point lead for the win. The game set several Michigan single-game records, including most combined points in a single game (132), most combined total yardage in a single game (1,237), most individual receiving yards in a single game -- 246 by junior/sophomore receiver Roy Roundtree -- and most passing yards in a half -- 262 by Robinson.

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