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Robinson and the Big Ten record book

11/30/2011

Michigan junior quarterback Denard Robinson will likely be at or near the top of the Michigan record book by the time his career is over. He may even snare an NCAA career record.

But what about in the Big Ten? It is possible he'll be in the top 10 in a multitude of categories in the league as well.

Here we break down where he currently stands, who is next on the list what he'd need to average through 14 games to set the record (giving Michigan the benefit of the doubt of reaching a bowl next season but not necessarily the Big Ten championship game), his likeliness to set or tie the record and a guess where he'll eventually end up. This will be career marks only.

BIG TEN RECORDS:

Total Offense: Robinson is outside the top 10 at 8,030 yards. Average needed to reach record: 333 yards a game to tie former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees, who compiled 12,692 yards from 1997 to 2000. Likelihood to set or tie record: Entirely possible. Where he'll end up: Second. Robinson could reach Brees, but more he'd need to have over 4,000 yards of offense over the final 14 games. More than likely, he'll pass former Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber, who gained 11,790 yards from 2007 to 2010, to end up second all time.

Total Offense Plays: Robinson is outside the top 10 at 1,092 plays. Average needed to reach record: 64.3 plays a game to catch or pass Weber, who had 1,992 plays from 2007 to 2010. Likelihood to set or tie record: Unlikely. Where he'll end up: Seventh. He would need to be used a lot more than he currently is to catch Weber or guys in the top five, but he should be able to pass former Northwestern quarterback Len Williams, who ran 1,614 plays from 1990 to 1993. He could even catch former Illinois quarterback Juice Williams at 1,773 plays for sixth place.

Rushing Yards, all players: Robinson is outside the top 10 at 3,216. Average needed to reach record: 279.2 yards a game to catch former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne, who had 7,125 yards from 1996 to 1999. Likelihood he'll break record: None. Where he'll end up: Sixth. He'll almost certainly land in the top 10 should he stay healthy -- former Michigan State back Javon Ringer is 10th with 4,398 yards. He needs to average 104.2 yards a game to pass former Wisconsin running back Anthony Davis, who ran for 4,676 yards from 2001 to 2004, for sixth place. It'll be close, but he could get it.

Rushing Touchdowns, all players: Robinson is outside the top 10 at 35. Average needed to reach record: 2.57 a game to catch Dayne. Likelihood he'll tie or break record: None. Where he'll end up: Third or fourth -- and that all depends on Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, who has 51 career touchdowns right now. If Ball returns for his senior season, he could break Dayne's mark or at least be in the top two. Thought here is Robinson finishes with 56 touchdowns, which would tie him with former Ohio State running back Pete Johnson, who had 56 touchdowns from 1973 to 1976. Johnson is currently in third.

Rushing Yards, quarterbacks: Robinson is second at 3,216. Next up: Former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El, who gained 3,895 yards from 1998 to 2001. Average needed to reach record: 48.5 yards a game to catch Randle El. Likelihood he'll tie or break record: Barring injury, without a doubt. Where he'll end up: This is Robinson's record to really chase down and he should pass Randle El by the one-third marker of next season.

Passing touchdowns: Robinson is outside the top 10 with 38. Average needed to reach record: 3.71 touchdown passes a game to catch Brees. Likelihood he'll tie or break record: He won't. Where he'll end up: Around 10th. Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins has 62 touchdowns with two games to play, so he'll likely move into 10th, passing former Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton, who has 63. Depending what Cousins does and Robinson's season in 2012, he could catch Cousins or former Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter, who threw 67 touchdown passes from 2005 to 2008.