Saturday Spotlight: Ramzee Robinson

Cornerbacks in the Southeastern Conference get used to being in one-on-one coverage against a speedy wide receiver. It's called being out on an island. Tide Cornerback Ramzee Robinson is used to it, but Saturday's pass-catch combination of Chris Leak will be the best he's seen all year, and rank among the toughest during his time at the Capstone.

"I'm going to get my looks at him, Anthony (Madison) is and Simeon (Castille) is," Robinson said. "We're all going to get our chances to play him a little bit. Our biggest thing is getting the scheme down and perfecting it on Saturday."

Robinson will be playing in his 30th game Saturday, making his 16th career start, and he has seen talented offensive players before, but Leak is among the best quarterbacks the Tide has seen, and he has three potential home run threats in Chad Jackson, Dallas Baker and Jemalle Cornelius.

"Leak has real good technique," Robinson said. "He's got a 70 percent completion percentage so everybody knows he's accurate. He has a good arm and has been real productive for his team."

Robinson said Jackson is "a good player. He's got decent hands, good speed and size for a receiver, and great talent. I went up against Troy Williamson last year who had excellent speed. He was what, seventh pick in the draft? It ain't nothing I haven't seen before. But for a sophomore he looks good."

Bama hopes to shut down the spread option game early, but if and until that happens Robinson has one more facet of defense to think about.

"One thing coach Kines stressed this week is that it's going to be assignment football. That's what we have been focused on this week, trying to do our job and not do too much.

Although Robinson hasn't missed a game since his redshirt freshman year, he has rebounded from back spasms and a dislocated pinky finger (for which he still must wear a wrap), and is second on the team. As Wednesday's practice intensified with the Tide prepared for its biggest game in years, Robinson hinted at the balance of excitement and preparation going on behind the closed curtains at Thomas-Drew practice fields.

"The atmosphere is extremely high right now," he said. "I can't be as vocal as I want to be because I'm doing so much running on these pass routes. The thing about these games is that if you're not ready you will be exposed in front of 85,000."

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