Poll Results: Michigan’s Fastest Player?

Poll Results: Michigan’s Fastest Player?

June 15, 2011
Denard Robinson blazes out of the blocks with former Michigan
offensive line coach Greg Frey watching from the background.

Denard Robinson: 87%
Troy Woolfolk: 6%
Josh Furman: 3%
Michael Shaw: 1%
Darryl Stonum: 0%

In a predictable landslide victory, Denard Robinson wins the race.  I wasn’t fully convinced that Robinson was the fastest dude on the team until the Notre Dame game last year.  His acceleration on that 87-yard touchdown run was incredible.

The only player that I thought might give him a run for his money was Troy Woolfolk, an indoor track runner himself.  Woolfolk’s nickname when he was playing free safety back in 2009 was “The Eraser” for the way he made up for everyone else’s mistakes.  I have yet to see him truly get burned in a footrace, so hopefully he can return from his ankle injury without lingering effects.

Furman and Shaw are both speedsters in their own right.  Furman reportedly ran a 4.37 forty yard dash in high school, and Shaw was a potential qualifier for the Junior Olympics in high school if he had decided to stick with track.

Stonum is a little too boozed up to run straight right now, so I guess that’s why he didn’t get any votes.


  1. Comments: 21379
    Jun 15, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    odoms beat denard in a foot race last year. When odoms was a kid, he used to catch rabbits for fun. No lie

  2. Comments: 21379
    Jun 15, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Tay Odoms should be on this list. IIRC he beat Denard in a 40.

  3. Comments: 21379
    Jun 15, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    I'd have to say that Odoms is more quick than truly fast

  4. Comments: 21379
    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    No longer on the team, but I wonder how Morgan Trent would have stacked up. I just remember him coming from across the field to make that tackle in the Capital One Bowl.

  5. Comments: 21379
    Jun 16, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    @ Anonymous 7:59 p.m.

    I think Trent at top speed would be #2, behind Denard and ahead of Woolfolk. Trent didn't have the acceleration that Denard does, but he could fly once he got going.

  6. Comments: 21379
    Jun 16, 2011 at 3:43 AM

    IIRC, Woolfolk's reportedly beaten Denard in several foot races as well

  7. Comments: 21379
    Jun 16, 2011 at 4:34 AM

    Ask the players who is faster. I have it on very good authority that Furman beat Denard in a 40 yard race last summer. In front of RR and the team, ask around. At 6' 2-3" and 210lbs. I'll take Furman's speed any day asone of the top two on this team.

  8. Comments: 21379
    Jun 16, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Instead of running the 40 yard dash, Stonum got drunk and decided to drive it.

  9. Comments: 21379
    Jun 20, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    i'm pretty sure that photo is of vincent smith, not denard robinson.

  10. Comments: 21379
    Jun 20, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    @ Anonymous 11:47 p.m.

    It's definitely Denard.

  11. Comments: 21379
    Dec 07, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    furman's speed is irrelevant, who cares if your fast if u can barely find your way onto the field except for special teams? my opinion anyway

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