"You get a little nervous because you take the next team and go back and start looking at 2010 stuff and before," Robinson said after practice Wednesday. "So that makes you a little nervous. You can get too much stuff in your head and try to do too much. You can get to where it's kinda gee whiz, you have too much info."
Robinson does recall the 2010 Ole Miss game, a strange affair in which the Hogs started strong, but had trouble stopping the Rebels over the course of two delays in the second half. It brings to mind the inconsistent play of this season, too.
Robinson said he wanted a strong start AND a strong finish in the 2011 game Saturday when the Hogs visit the Rebels in Oxford.
"We've had some games of late where we didn't start so well but we finished well," he said. "We want the start and the finish this time."
Safety Tramain Thomas said the same thing. He said it's been the focus in meetings and practices during the last two weeks during Ole Miss preparations.
"We want to get off to a great start and then we want to watch our Ps and Qs and finish them," Thomas said. "We want to play well from start to end. We don't want to let them hang around."
Thomas has started most of the last four years. However, he didn't start against Auburn after two sub-par performances in a row. He said it was a wake-up call.
"It definitely was," he said. "It made me play my hardest. I had definitely played poorly two games in a row."
However, he thinks he built some confidence with two interceptions and solid tackling against Auburn.
"I think it gave me confidence and it gave my teammates confidence towards me," he said. "I had a couple of bad games, but that's behind me. I think (not starting) definitely helped motivate me and that is going to help me in the long term."
Robinson said there is competition at all secondary positions. He thinks moving Elton Ford ahead of Thomas helped. He also sees competition at cornerback. Tevin Mitchel and Greg Gatson have been atop the depth chart while Isaac Madison (shoulder) and Darius Winston (ankle) were on the mend. All four are ready to go now.
"I think it's been good to see them go at each other in practice this week," Robinson said. "That always help you to have competition. Tevin has come along. Greg has become the player we had always thought he could be. And then you have Isaac and Darius back competing, too. I think Tramain responded in his situation, too. What you want is open competition at all spots. We haven't had it, but we do now."
The Hogs are healthier than in several weeks. Defensive end Jake Bequette said he sees things coming together on defense.
"We still have some guys with bumps and stuff, but we are getting closer," he said. "I think the bye week helped all of us. It did me. I think other guys would say the same thing."
Robinson said defensive tackle Robert Thomas is in the picture after missing the Auburn game.
"You saw him show up in practice film yesterday and he was more involved today," Robinson said. "You saw that explosion and quickness back."
Robinson knows what to expect from Ole Miss.
"We anticipate that they will try to pound right at us," he said. "You have to stop that first and know that then they are going to take some shots down the field. They will run the read option and try to lead up in there. We know that.
"They will do what other people have hurt us with. We've gotten a lot of reps with that. We know we have to put a finger in the hole and plug them up. We have to try to take away the run."
Tramain Thomas thinks the Hogs are improving in that area.
"I think it was about putting some new guys in there and developing chemistry and understanding run fits," he said. "I think it's gotten better with time."