Denard Robinson: I’m pretty sure I can beat Usain Bolt in the 40-yard dash

Another day, another football player who thinks he is faster than Usain Bolt. With the Olympics having just ended, Bolt’s speed has been a popular topic of discussion among athletes in non-Olympic sports. Everyone wants to be the fastest guy on the team. But being faster than the fastest man in the world would give you serious bragging rights. Even if it’s only in the 40-yard dash, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson thinks he could take Bolt down.

“I’ve watched him run, and I’m pretty sure I can beat him in a 40-yard dash,” Robinson said Sunday according to Fox Sports Detroit. “I’d get a better start, and I could take him. At 60 yards, I’d be in trouble, and at 100 meters, he’d be gone, but I could get him in a 40.”

That sounds quite similar to what a certain NFL running back recently had to say about being faster than Usain. Michigan backup quarterback Devin Gardner is the one who raised the subject, calling Robinson the “fastest man in the world.” We all know what Denard is capable of with his legs. He didn’t cut Little Debbie snacks out of his diet for no reason. He has a chance to finish the upcoming season as the career leader in rushing yards for an NCAA quarterback.

With all these predictions floating around, Bolt may have no choice but to run the 40-yard dash at some point over the next four years. Everyone seems to agree that he could beat them in the 100-meters, but football players feel confident about the 40 since it is what they train for. The Jamaican gold medalist could put all the speculation to rest by dusting either Johnson or Robinson in the event.

Denard Robinson means business: He’s cutting out the Little Debbie snacks

Denard Robinson is entering his senior season at Michigan and doing everything possible to ensure he has a successful year. The Wolverines quarterback believes he’s in the best shape of his life now that he’s watching his diet.

“I never (used) to pay attention to what I ate,” Robinson said, according to AnnArbor.com. “I’m probably the biggest junk food eater ever. I’m like Lamar Odom when it comes to stuff like that.

“It’d be all candy, all Little Debbie snacks. All the bad stuff.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a second … he cut out the Little Debbie snacks? That is some serious commitment right there. I’m more of a Hostess guy than a Little Debbie fan, and I probably wouldn’t be able to function without a cinnamon streusel cake each day, so I feel his pain and recognize his dedication.

Robinson says the improved diet is part of an effort to get in peak physical condition so he can withstand the hits that come with being a running quarterback. The senior quarterback estimates that he’s added five pounds of muscle and that he’ll be playing at 200 pounds when the season begins.

I can only imagine what the new physique will do for Robinson’s game with the ladies, not to mention his play on the field. But let’s be real: football is a physical sport, and there isn’t much he can do to protect himself from leg and knee injuries. Let’s hope he’s able to avoid those.

Denard Robinson’s Daily Life Includes Getting ‘Text Me’ Notes from Girls

An excerpt from a new book on Michigan football was published in the Wall Street Journal Friday. The excerpt follows a day in the life of star quarterback Denard Robinson. The book’s author tags along with Robinson during the season and writes about the QB receiving treatment for an injury, attending class, practicing, and speaking with the media. It’s a good look at the typical day for a high-profile player like Denard, but the best part was highlighted by Glenn Davis at Sports Grid.

While Robinson packed his things to [leave class], a female student slipped him a small, handwritten note, which he tucked away.

He walked with [backup quarterback Devin] Gardner and receiver Kelvin Grady across campus for lunch. He peaked at the note: “For your eyes only,” written in purple ink. “You seem like a really nice guy and I think it’d be cool to hang out with you. And no, I’m not a creepy stalker! Text me some time.”

Now that’s the life of a star quarterback. Robinson says people who think he has it great don’t see the long hours he works in the trainer’s room and on the practice field. He’s right; we don’t. But I also don’t recall getting many of those types of notes during my college days. Robinson may not have it easy, but there are some nice perks of the job. Oh, and is there any wonder why he got his Twitter account hacked after reading that?

Denard Robinson’s Twitter Account Hacked by Ex-Girlfriend

Michigan star quarterback Denard Robinson joined Twitter not long ago, and it’s proving to be a decision he may regret. His account (@denardx) has been suspended after he was apparently hacked by an ex-girlfriend. Here are some of the tweets sent out by the person who claimed to be Robinson’s ex-girlfriend:

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Denard Robinson for Heisman Video is Sick

Denard Robinson is expected to be a strong Heisman Trophy candidate heading into the upcoming college football season.  Last year, Robinson burst onto the scene and showcased his playmaking ability to the world, rushing for over 100 yards in nine games including over 200 in two of them.  Michigan began the season as one of the hottest teams in the country but Robinson’s name fell out of the Heisman discussion when the Wolverines began struggling.  This year, he will look to inject himself back into the race.  This awesome Denard Robinson for Heisman video that our friends at M Go Blog put together could help his cause:

If you want to get people excited about the prospect of a certain player contending for the Heisman, don’t do what Northwestern did for Dan Persa.  Leave it to the professionals — the bloggers — to put something together that will catch peoples’ attention.  Nicely done, guys.

Desmond Howard Angers Michigan Fans Saying Denard Robinson Hasn’t Won

Former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner and current college football “analyst” Desmond Howard spoke at the Black Coaches and Administrators convention recently, and a portion of his words angered Michigan fans. In his speech, he talked about how young players get too great of a sense of self because of all the butt kissing they get from coaches and recruiting services. His main point was that programs and teams were bigger than any and all individuals, including figures like Bo Schembechler. And then came the kicker, which was written in the St. Petersburg Times:

I’ll give you a perfect example: Michigan fires coach Rich Rodriguez,” said Howard. “All the noise in Ann Arbor is, ‘Is Denard Robinson going to stay or leave?’ I’m like, ‘Hey, if the kid wants to go, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. You looked fantastic for five games against nobody. That’s what you did.’ I’m not going to deny his talents, but, ‘You ain’t won nothing in Ann Arbor, son! Not so much we need to worry about if you’re going to be here next year or not.’ “

Three Michigan officials in attendance for the speech didn’t think anything of that portion, Howard wrote on twitter Friday. He defended himself saying “3 Mich staff members were there and TOTALLY understood them in context. Pt. was about fans/media.” I don’t deny that that was a minor portion of his entire speech, but the fact remains he said Robinson won five games against nobody and that he hasn’t won anything. That’s worth discussing.

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Best Running QB: Taylor Martinez, Denard Robinson, or Cam Newton?

After years of the spread offense and gun-slinging quarterbacks, it feels like we’ve gone back in time to the days of the option quarterback leading the team in rushing. From Denard Robinson at Michigan to Taylor Martinez at Nebraska and Cameron Newton at Auburn, the proliferation of big-time running quarterbacks has been incredible this year.

Thanks to a 241-yard rushing performance against Kansas State, Taylor Martinez is now second to Denard Robinson in rushing yardage this year. That’s two quarterbacks leading the country in rushing (though Martinez will probably be passed by LaMichael James after the weekend).

Martinez is a true freshman quarterback from Corona, California and has run for at least 100 yards in four of five games this year. While he’s only thrown three touchdowns, Martinez has lit it up with 12 TDs on the ground. Taylor routinely fakes out cameramen and defenders with his unbelievable handoffs and he uses his blazing speed to bust through holes.

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