Especially that it is time to go Bear hunting – as in the Missouri State kind.
"We need to play somebody," Robinson said at the conclusion of Wednesday's Razorback practice. "We finally get a chance to hit somebody else and it's been a year since that."
The Razorbacks will indeed get a chance to do that Saturday night when they host Missouri State in a 6 p.m. game at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.
Senior defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard, the most highly regarded UA defender, is beyond ready.
"I think everybody is the same way," Sheppard said. "Expectations are high. We are going to go out and compete. It's high and everybody is getting ready for it."
Sheppard and Robinson also agree that the defense is better this season – albeit it was last in the 12-team SEC last year so there was a lot of room for improvement.
"We are better at every position," Sheppard said. "We'll find this out Saturday. I'm excited to see where we are, but I think we have gotten better across the board at every position."
Robinson also believes that his unit has improved in the off-season in part of experience and added talent.
"Most definitely," Robinson said. "It all goes back to what we did in this recruiting class. The fact that the recruiting class we inherited - or they brought in before I got here - those were really high quality kids. Those kids also got a lot of reps for us.
"Even though we had to sit down and play those kids (16 true freshmen) and knew what kind of stuff we were going to have to deal with, those guys are within the system and the system is not only the system, but it is an attitude and it is also a character. Those guys have brought that and it is only going to be a stronger foundation because of it."
That defense may face its biggest challenge in covering Missouri State tight end Clay Harper.
"He is a very special football player," Robinson said. "Trying to sim him up against somebody we practice against every day until we lost Chris would have been Chris Gragg. He has got great size, he has added 20 pounds, he has got vertical stretch, he can do it all. He can catch all the balls one-handed, two-handed and he is a willing blocker. He does a nice job and is a guy that is going to be a nice challenge for us."
Arkansas is expected to play some 10 freshmen this season and a few junior colleges guys out of the 32 they signed the 2009 recruiting class.
"These young kids that we brought in, some of them will play, not all of them will play like we had to last year, but they are high quality young men and they come from great programs and winning programs," Robinson said.
Robinson noted that junior college transfer Rudell Crim will start at cornerback and he expects to get contributions from other newcomers.
"If you stay within the secondary, (cornerback) Andru Stewart will play, (junior safety) Jerell Norton will have a role for us, (junior safety) Anthony Leon will spot in there," Robinson said. "He (Leon) is still learning and stuff so it is going to be my responsibility to find out just how much he knows and when he feels comfortable.
"(Freshman defensive tackle) D.D. Jones is going to play a lot," Robinson continued. "We have got a rotation that we will use with these guys. Their system is not Tulsa even though it is not quite as repetitive in how many reps they get in a short period of time. There is a lot of check with me. We have got to keep those guys fresh and roll with them."
He also sees a freshman linebacker definitely getting time.
"Terrell Williams will play for us," Robinson added. "We have got some young kids that will play for us – when and where and what time in the game, it is going to be most important to keep our front four fresh as it is in our back end."
Another true freshman linebacker who has impressed is Austin Moss according to Robinson.
"He is a guy that has great anticipation," Robinson said. "He is still not as strong as you would like to have him, but he can really run to the football. He has a great sideline-to-sideline speed. He runs downhill, reads and connects the dots awfully well."
There's also a chance that freshmen David Gordon and Darius Winston will see time at cornerback on Saturday night.
"Darius is doing a nice job," Robinson said. "I have asked him to play both corners – left and right – and he has done a nice job at both. He still lacks a little strength. He is not quite as aggressive as I would like him to be yet. He is more into the passing game part of it. It is the ability to tackle the catch that I think he does decently, but it is going to the run game – until he overcomes that and some things that are in his personality, he is going to have to step up there.
"There might be down and distances that we can throw him in," Robinson added. "He is awfully talented young man.
"David Gordon on the other hand is an extremely talented young man that can play both the run and pass," Robinson continued. "He does things very easily and has great courage. I admire him for being what he weighs and how inexperience he is.
Robinson hopes his defense can force some turnovers on Saturday, just as it did in last Friday's closed scrimmage.
"We hope to see what happened in the last scrimmage carry on," Robinson said. "I mean they do come in bunches, turnovers comes in bunches. In our last scrimmage, we got the ball back a considerable amount. It is a matter of sometimes you have that drought, but you keep urging and you keep teaching and you keep asking and pretty soon those things are going to set down and turn your way.
"The way you get those turnovers and stuff is running full speed to the ball," Robinson added. "That's whether you might cause them or you have a guy that might all of a sudden sloppily handle the ball and as long as you are running full speed, you give yourself a chance to recover the ball."
Matt Harris has regained his starting free safety spot after being pushed to the second team last week.
"It's kind of what we talked about a week ago," Robinson said. "We wanted to make sure that we had guys running to the football full speed and making plays not only in the run game, but in the passing game. We felt like he did that. He was challenged and responded. We've had a lot of guys that did that once they were put down on the second level and responded and assured us that this is still important to them.
"We get different responses," Robinson added, "but for the most part they have been positive responses. For the most part, it meant something to them to be on that first unit. It hurt them to go back on that second unit so they responded awfully well.
"There still might not have been a promotion although they were demoted, but hopefully they saw themselves as a different football player if they were able to compete, if they were able to tackle and run to the football. They found themselves at a position where they were saying ‘I know I can be better than this. I know I can do better. That's me. The other part wasn't like me and that's what caused me to lose my position.'"