Auburn Football Newcomers to Watch: No. 8

This incoming freshman has a chance to contribute in 2012 for the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.—Coming in at No. 8 on our list of Auburn football players who have a chance to make an impact in their first season of collegiate game action is running back Jovon Robinson.

A 6-1, 220-pounder from Wooddale High in Memphis, Robinson has always been known as a physical back with the ability to take it the distance as well. That could prove to be a powerful combination for the Auburn offense in 2012 as the Tigers and first-year coordinator Scot Loeffler look for answers in the running game.

Rated a four-star prospect and the number 22 running back in the country by, Robinson was a prep All-American and chose Auburn over Arkansas, Alabama, Miami, Mississippi State, Memphis, and several other schools.

His high school coach, Keith Spann, said Auburn is getting a special player in Robinson.

"They're getting a heck of a running back with speed and power," Spann said. "He has very good vision. He's a very knowledgeable football player. I think it's surprising how much of the game he knows. He's a very hard worker.

"I think the sky's the limit for him," the coach added. "I think he has unlimited growth potential as a football player. He's done well with the facilities we have, and we don't have anything like Auburn has. Once he gets training and in a real weight program, I think he's going to be unstoppable."

Jovon Robinson

With the return of speedy Onterio McCalebb for his senior season, Auburn has one veteran to lean on in the running game, but not for the tough yards in the middle of the defense. True sophomore Tre Mason could provide some of that as well as transfers Corey Grant and Mike Blakely, but with his size the job could be Robinson's if he hits the ground running in August.

"It's pretty exciting," Robinson said of his opportunity to play football for the Tigers. "I actually smile about it every day. I know I am going to have to get the job done through thick or thin. I love the pressure.

"I love that I'm the only back coming in for this class," the freshman added. "That helps me out tremendously with my playing time. Hopefully, I can get the offense down quick enough and be playing in the first game."

No. 12, Mike Blakely

No. 11, Jaquay Williams

No. 10, Ricky Parks

No. 9, Cassanova McKenzie

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