Robinson was a bit late to the start of the interview because the Razorbacks elected to go straight from the practice field into team meetings. So the media session began about 15 minutes later than the previous day.
"Sorry guys and gals," Robinson said as he stepped to the podium. "I'm late, kinda like the way we have been starting games."
That turned out to be the theme in several discussions with Robinson and defensive players after what the assistant coach said was the second good practice of the week. All said it was important how the Hogs start against Vandy on Saturday.
"Why we don't (start fast), I'm not sure," Robinson said. "I know I'm ready at the start of games, but I'm a lot older than these guys and it's tough to understand why.
"I do know that it's important what happens when you get hit in the mouth. How do you respond? We do respond."
Robinson laughed when a reporter asked about containment. The question was phrased as if the Hogs sometimes get containment right in the second half, but don't always get it right at the start of games.
"Hey, you are being nice," he said. "We've had a lot of problems with that.
"We've played with Trey Flowers, a young defensive end. He gives us an added dimension, but he's still learning and taking some lumps. But what I try to get across is that he doesn't have to do it all. We need our secondary to understand that they get to play on the edge, too. You don't get five stars for playing flag football. You have to make tackles."
Middle linebacker Jerry Franklin and hybrid safety/linebacker Jerico Nelson know it's about starting fast, too.
"We've tried to do everything we can to start fast in practice this week and know we have to take that to the game," Franklin said. "The last few games we didn't do that. It starts in practice. We've worked on that."
Nelson said, "I think we've done a good job at halftime with leaders stepping up and reminding everyone what we've been through in the summer and in practice, not to waste it. Our captains -- me and Jerry -- have talked at halftime and then the coaches show us what we need to do. We have talked about how you overcome adversity. We've faced it and know we can overcome it, but we have to stop putting ourselves in that position. We just have to start earlier. We can't wait until it looks like we might lose a game."
Franklin knows what to expect from the Vandy offense, lots of misdirection and trickery.
"I do remember what they did to us early last year," Franklin said. "I believe they hit us with a reverse and some other tricks. We know they are going to do some of the same things."
Some of that is designed to anchor the Arkansas flow and make containment difficult.
"We've seen some of that from teams," Franklin said. "We've done better as the game's have gone along as far as getting off blocks and getting more hats to the football.
"This is a good Vandy offense. They have several good backs. You see good backs every week in the SEC. The Vandy backs aren't real tall or big, but you don't see anyone running them down. They have very good speed and quickness."
Nelson made the big play against Vandy last year, a return for a touchdown. He dove from the 1-yard line in a move that would probably draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty under a new rule this season. Head coach Bobby Petrino has made sure that won't happen again.
"I'd like to make a big play again, but I'm not doing that," Nelson said. "Coach Petrino put together a tape with plays like that which would be a penalty now. That play is on it. He's made it clear that we can't do that and I won't."