What is Robinson looking for in the spring game, set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"We need to see great effort," said Robinson. "We put on our spring game from last year and we are so much better than we were at this time last year.
"You watch it and you get two mixed emotions. One, it was a wonder how bad we were. Then, you realize how far ahead we are.
"We're expecting full speed to the ball, and I think our kids are very comfortable in what they need to get done. We have to tackle and execute. We're really expecting great effort from players on our side of the ball."
Who have been the standouts as far as individual play this spring?
"I think (linebacker) Wendel (Davis) quietly has," said Robinson. "Tramain Thomas has flashed all throughout the spring with his hitting and his ball catching skills. He's around the ball all the time. Quietly enough, Isaac Madison has had a real good camp. Malcolm (Sheppard) has always been a steady guy. The other guy who has done a nice job is Adrian Davis. He's gotten stronger, he's heavier and he understands what he needs to do and he's doing it pretty darn good."
Robinson is hoping for improvement in the secondary, perhaps a concern because of the long plays in earlier scrimmages over the last three weeks.
"(Secondary play) is huge because during the scrimmages in the spring we've given up a lot of big plays," said Robinson. "I think we are tackling better than we did last year. We aren't being smart with our pursuit angles, but we are tackling better. We are giving up way to many deep balls though."
Have the deep balls come from the cornerback spot?
"I'm not going to sit down here and say that," Robinson said. "As far as cornerback, Isaac has had a good camp, and everyone else is battling. Greg Gatson has had a good camp. The rest of the guys are competing. Ramon Broadway is competing with Jerell Norton and Andru Stewart is competing. We have good competition and we can't wait to get our young kids in here in the summer." There are a few players listed on both first and second team, but Robinson cautioned not to read too much into that.
"It's more a precautionary deal," he said. "We have one who is going to play on both first and second (Bret Harris) and we have several who have two jerseys. That's really in case something happens, a red guy goes down on the first unit. We may pull someone over from the two group because we have enough in that group."
Harris, listed at linebacker and also in some specialty defenses, is a former safety. He's done well in the move from the secondary this spring.
So what was the difference between last spring and now?
"I think we were playing slow," he said. "We watched it, we didn't feel comfortable in some of the things. We didn't understand the zone pressures and so it got a little muddy for them. We went back in the second half and simplified for it in that game (last spring) and they played well."
Where are some jobs on the line?
"I think when you see Tramain Thomas (at safety), you see a guy who is fighting until the bitter end," Robinson said. "He's pushing for a job and obviously Matt Harris knows he is breathing down his neck. That's one situation.
"Damario Ambrose is a guy who has made strides at end over the last two weeks and is in place where we have depth in case one of those other guys (Davis and Jake Bequette) don't play up to our expectations.
"At the linebacker position, Bret Harris is someone who could swing in there with the ones. Jelani Smith has had some good days. If something happens inside, he has created some depth.
"The kid who is starting to feel like he's having some success is Tenarius Wright. He's getting some confidence. That move is paying off. All of a sudden he's got a smile on his face, feeling good about himself and the fact that he doesn't have to watch his wait anymore and can eat freely. That's helped him out, but the success he's having on the field is something that really has helped his attitude.
How has the Harris move worked out?
"I think the game was a little fast back there for him at safety," Robinson said. "Now all of a sudden he's at the line of scrimmage, he's got different angles and not quite as fast as far as how the game moves with him. He does a great job as far as responsibility. There is leadership in that young man.
"In the offseason from the time we hit the weight room until now, he's made great strides. He was a guy who probably felt he was thrown to the wayside, yet he's overcome that because of the fact that this is what he wants to do and where he wants to be. He's fought through a lot of adversity. He's really starting to perform well for us."