Michigan Student’s Photograph Becomes Symbol for Heisman Campaign
If Michigan Wolverine Quarterback Denard Robinson’s tremendous start to the 2010 season didn’t launch his Heisman candidacy, a photograph of him by the co-managing photo editor of Michigan’s student newspaper certainly has.
Over the first three weeks of the college football season, Robinson has been the talk of college football, leading the upstart Wolverine’s to a 3-0 start with gaudy numbers that include 671 yards passing and 559 more on the ground. His play on the field may have sparked talk concerning his Heisman chances, yet it is of all things a photo of him against Notre Dame last week that may have done just as much to legitimize his campaign.
The photograph, which was taken by Michigan student Sam Wolson, features Robinson striking a pose during live game action that is a split image for college football’s most heralded stance. In the photo, Robinson’s Heisman pose features him stiff-arming a defender with his right arm and cradling the football with his left. His right leg is crossing across his body while his left leg is almost completely straight yet still perpendicular to the grass.
In the weeks following the photo’s first publication, the picture has not only widely circulated the internet, it was featured on the front page USA Today’s sports section accompanying and article regarding Robinson’s ascension to the top of the sport.
As long as Robinson’s strong play continues and his Heisman quest lives, a Michigan student’s once in a lifetime piece of photo journalism will accompany his dream.