Denard Robinson now in front of Tom Brady and Jim Harbaugh, 91 yards from historic record
ANN ARBOR -- Tom Brady, Jim Harbaugh and Chad Henne have all had their moments in the NFL as a quarterback.
Denard Robinson hasn't. And if you ask most NFL experts, he never will.
Yet Robinson, the Michigan football team's often polarizing (but always exciting) senior quarterback, has now become a more accomplished passer than two of his most famous predecessors and is on the verge of catching another for the school's all-time mark.
Robinson threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns Saturday during No. 17 Michigan's 63-10 win over Massachusetts, passing both Brady and Harbaugh on the school's all-time list to move into fifth place overall.
In addition, he's now just 91 total yards shy of passing Henne and becoming Michigan's all-time leader in career total offense.
"To be honest with you," Robinson said after the game. "The only thing I think about is winning, and coming out and being accountable for my team.
Robinson has now thrown for 5,630 yards in his four-year career, and is 208 shy of Todd Collins for fourth all-time. He's also racked up 9,210 total yards with both his feet and his arm, just 91 shy of Henne's all-time mark.
He's thrown a lot of interceptions, spends too much time on his back foot and still scares people when he throws across his body -- but no matter how you slice it, Robinson will graduate as one of the school's most decorated quarterbacks, and most celebrated play-makers.
"It's pretty special," Michigan receiver Drew Dileo said. "However many years from now looking back, people are still going to be talking about Denard Robinson.
"It'll be pretty special to be able to tell your kids and grandkids that you played with him."
Robinson still has his flaws, to be sure.
He threw a terrible pass across his body in the second quarter that was returned 32 yards for a touchdown. He missed open receivers on more than one occasion and even fumbled at the goal line.
But he also completed passes to nine different receivers. Threw several very accurate passes in traffic over the middle, and finished with big numbers in the air for a second straight game.
"I left a couple throws out on the field that I knew I should have made," Robinson said. "I missed (Jeremy) Gallon on one throw, I missed Devin (Gardner).
"Those are the throws I need to improve on."
But, more importantly, he got another win.
Robinson will look to move past Henne and continue his climb on the Michigan record book Saturday when the Wolverines travel to Notre Dame -- the team Robinson has tortured for the past two seasons.
In his last two games against Notre Dame, Robinson has racked up 948 yards of total offense to go along with eight total touchdowns.
"It's just about going out there and playing football," Robinson said. "Whenever I go on the football field, I want to play my best and be accountable for my team."
Robinson will try to do that once again next week. Along the way, he'll probably be criticized and praised in the same breath.
And, most likely, he'll probably break another record. But as of now, the only number he's focused on is No. 21 -- that, of course, being the number of victories he'll have as a starting quarterback at Michigan with another win next week.
"When it comes to records," he says, "it's just about going out there and playing football with the team."