Posted by Tom Fornelli
Just three weeks ago Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was the greatest thing to ever capture college football. We were all ready to hand the sophomore the Heisman Trophy after only five games, and it is hard to blame us for feeling that way. Things Robinson was doing on the football field were just insane.
Things have changed a bit since then, however. Michigan has lost its last two games and Robinson has had to deal with being banged up, allowing Cam Newton to grab that Heisman Trophy from Robinson's grasp. Still, after having the weekend off thanks to a bye, Rich Rodriguez has proclaimed his one-man army to be totally healthy and ready to blow our minds again.
“Every guy approaches (injury) a little bit differently,” Rodriguez told the Detroit Free Press. “He’s a very tough-minded individual, a tough guy. If our guys are injured, they need to let us know and, most of the time, the trainers let us know. Some guys can tolerate a little more pain than others. Denard can tolerate a lot of pain. His issue with the last ballgame wasn’t the knee, it was the shoulder. It just needed some rest. He needed some rest and ... we got that last weekend.”
This is good news for Michigan, as they remain only a win shy of becoming bowl eligible for the first time under Rodriguez, and Penn State is a beatable opponent these days, even in Happy Valley. Illinois was able to hand the Nittany Lions a loss at Beaver Stadium earlier this year, and did so courtesy of a ground attack led by Mikel LeShoure and Nate Scheelhaase. If Scheelhaase can get 61 yards on the ground in only 8 carries, then you have to think Robinson can have the type of game that could place him back in the Heisman hunt.