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Denard Robinson Named Big Ten MVP

Michigan ended up beating Ohio State at something after all.

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Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson added another postseason trophy to his collection, edging OSU's Terrelle Pryor for the Big Ten MVP award from the conference's coaches.

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Robinson and Pryor both had three first place votes, but Robinson had one more second place vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own player. He's the 17th Wolverine to win the award and is also the second consecutive Michigan winner, joining Brandon Graham from last year's squad. Robinson lead the conference in total offense and rushing yards per game.

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Robinson started the season as a Heisman candidate but wore down once conference play started. Still, he rushed for an NCAA quarterback-record 1,643 yards and 14 touchdowns, adding 16 more scores through the air while leading Michigan to its first winning season under Rich Rodriguez. Even though he wore down in the Big Ten, some still thought enough of his accomplishments to give him some Heisman votes, where he finished sixth.

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Perhaps if Robinson was strictly a running back he would have made the trip to New York after all. The Football Writers Association of America named Robinson to their All-America squad--but not as a quarterback. Instead, the writers named him to the team as a back along with Oregon's LaMichael James, giving this explanation:

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And finally, the committee chose to go with two designated offensive backs after the selecting of Boise State's Kellen Moore as its quarterback. One of the offensive backs, Denard Robinson of Michigan, was as much a ball carrier as he was a thrower at his position. In the modern era (since 1967), this marks the just the second time two quarterbacks have been named to the team. In 1990, BYU's Ty Detmer and Virginia's Shawn Moore both earned All-America honors.

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