Denard Robinson was just part of the story 

September, 5, 2010

One of the best things about the start of a new college football season is the emergence of stars. Week 1 was all about the first-time starting quarterback.

That shouldn't have been a huge surprise -- at two major programs (the Florida Gators and Texas Longhorns), new quarterbacks (John Brantley and Garrett Gilbert) debuted.

Instead, though, all the buzz on Sunday morning is about Denard Robinson of the Michigan Wolverines. This guy is so much more than his catchy nickname -- "Shoelace," because he plays without them tied. He's one of the biggest reasons I think Michigan will be a Top 25 program this season.

Connecticut Huskies coach Randy Edsall probably agrees.

"Denard Robinson's going to make people look bad," Edsall told reporters after the game.

Indeed. The team Robinson took it to is a well-coached, physical squad that returned eight starters on D and had been picked by some as a BCS bowl team. This wasn't an FCS team or MAC or Sun Belt bottom-feeder.

I'll stop short of saying that Robinson will transform a team that hasn't been to a bowl game in a couple of years into a BCS title contender this season. But he makes the Wolverines dangerous, and as long as he can stay healthy, they will be a handful for anyone in the Big Ten.