Robinson Has Plans To Help Alabama Win

When Alabama finished its first day in full gear Tuesday, Alabama Coach Nick Saban said he didn’t think there were any serious injuries, but that some players were nicked up a bit. One of those “nicks” is thought to be a strained MCL suffered by sophomore defensive end A’Shawn Robinson.

A'Shawn Robinson was absent for the Wednesday morning Alabama football practice, and there were unconfirmed reports that he had suffered a slight knee injury that is expected to keep him out of practice a few days, including missing the planned Saturday scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Reporters are not scheduled to meet with Coach Nick Saban for an official update until Thursday afternoon.

Robinson, a 6-4, 320-pound sophomore defensive end, was a consensus Freshman All-America last year as he played in all 13 games and had two starts as a true freshman. He was in on 38 tackles, including eight for lost yardage. He led the team in sacks as he was in on six sacks for 34 yards in losses.

He was selected to the pre-season All-SEC team.

Robinson said he was not surprised at his success as a freshman ... because “I wasn’t really thinking about success. I was just trying to go out there and help the team win. I don’t care about personal goals I have a team goal. I don’t think about myself. I think about what I can do to help the team win.”

Robinson said there is not a secret to success. “I just try to go out and do everything I’m supposed to do,” he said. “I try to work hard. I push myself.

“I feel like I have another motor when it’s time to kick it up a gear.”

He said Alabama Assistant Coach Bo Davis, who rejoined the Tide staff in the spring, is helping Robinson and his defensive line teammates. “He pushes you to be your best,” Robinson said. “He pushes you to do everything your are supposed to do and to do it the right way. He doesn’t want you to give less than you have on a play. He wants you to bring everything you’ve got.

“He makes sure we’re not going through the motions or being in survival mode, just trying to get through the day. He wants us to be the best we can be and do everything we can do.”

Robinson said he has several areas where he can improve, including getting off the ball quicker. He said that God blessed him with athletic ability, “and so I’m to use it to the best of my ability.”

Robinson, who also played basketball growing up (and says when Tide football players get together to play basketball that the best player is “me”), said he’s not sure where he will play this season. Although he is listed as an end, he has moved to a tackle position in certain situations. As would be expected, he said, “I’ll play anywhere that it will help us to win.”

Almost all defensive players have gotten questions about what they have to deal with the popular new hurry-up offenses.

Robinson said, “We have to bring it every day. No ’lax out there on the field. We’ve got to come fully prepared, ready to work, ready to do everything we’re supposed to do. Better conditioning, better technique, finishing every play, finishing everything.

“The best thing to do is get them off the field in three downs.”

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