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September 12, 2010
Week 2: Robinson runs away with top honor
Sophomores have won the past three Heisman trophies. If the voting took place in the second week of the season, that run would extend to four second-year players.
Robinson was 24-of-40 for 244 yards and a touchdown in the Wolverines' 28-24 win over Notre Dame. He also broke his week-old school record for rushing yards for a quarterback with 258 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. His 502 yards of total offense accounted for 94.4 percent of Michigan's total offense against the Irish.
"Once I get in the open field, I don't like to be caught from behind," Robinson said. "It was like, 'I can't get caught. I can't get caught.' That's the No. 1 rule."
Although he has done the most damage as a runner this season, his passing led Michigan to a win. Notre Dame took a 24-21 lead with 3:41 remaining. Robinson answered by going 5-of-6 for 55 yards on the final drive. He also rushed for 18 yards and the game-winning touchdown on the possession.
In two games this season, Robinson has accounted for 885 of Michigan's 1,005 yards of total offense (88.1 percent). Robinson also has accounted for more offense than all but 33 teams this season.
South Carolina inarguably has been the most impressive team in the SEC East through the first two weeks of the season. A major reason is the play of Lattimore, a true freshman running back who earns National Freshman of the Week and SEC Player of the Week honors for his performance against Georgia.
Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries in the 17-6 win over the Bulldogs. On South Carolina's final possession, Lattimore carried eight times for 56 yards to set up a field goal that put the game out of reach.
Behind the star running back, South Carolina ran the ball 52 times, the second-highest total since Steve Spurrier arrived in Columbia before the 2005 season.
NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
The Falcons' defense looks as if it will be just fine without him under new boss Wallerstedt, who earns National Coordinator of the Week honors for his unit's performance against BYU.
A week after BYU passed for 262 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Washington, Air Force held the Cougars to 88 passing yards and recorded an interception in a 35-14 win over BYU.
With Wallerstedt, who was promoted from inside linebackers coach, Air Force has legitimate aspirations of contending in the Mountain West.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.