Denard Robinson for Heisman!

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Denard Robinson  of the Michigan Wolverines runs against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 11, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan defeated Notre Dame 28-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

All right, so that’s a little premature. But even the staunchest of Michigan haters have to admit that the sophomore has looked mighty impressive in his first two performances of the year.

A week after compiling 383 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in a win over Connecticut, Robinson absolutely torched Notre Dame for 502 total yards on Saturday, including 244 passing and 258 rushing. He also scored three touchdowns (1 passing, 2 rushing), one of which came with only 27 seconds remaining to give Michigan a 28-24 victory.

The criticism Rich Rodriguez has received over the last two years has been well deserved, but it’s fair to note that he hadn’t found a starting quarterback to run his offense. Now that he has one, Wolverine fans are finally seeing positive results. Robinson might not be a traditional passer, but that’s not what Rich Rod’s offense calls for anyway. And it’s hard to find any fault in the way the sophomore signal caller has started the season.

Granted, he hasn’t faced Ohio State, he hasn’t faced Iowa, Penn State on the road or Wisconsin either. But it’s not like the Irish play with 11 amputees on the defensive side of the ball. And while the outcome of the game may have been different had Dayne Crist been able to play all four quarters, Robinson was still a one-man wrecking crew.

He’s made Michigan relevant again.

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