Auburn Football Newcomers to Watch: No. 1

Topping the Inside the Auburn Tigers list of impact newcomers is a big tackle who should be a major contributor this fall.

Auburn, Ala.--Coming in at No.1 on our list of Auburn football players who have a chance to make an impact in their first season of collegiate game action is redshirt freshman Greg Robinson.

Finishing spring drills running with the first team offense at left tackle, the six-foot-five, 309-pounder is going to be tough to move out of the starting lineup if he plays up to his potential.

Physically, he looks like a younger version of former Tiger star Marcus McNeil, although he isn't quite as tall as McNeil, who moved on to success in the National Football League.

All-SEC defensive end Corey Lemonier has watched the young tackle work in practice and predicts that Robinson will be an impact performer for the Tigers. "Greg is big, fast and strong," Lemonier says. "I think he definitely has a chance to start. I will be surprised if he doesn't."

Gene Chizik agrees with the junior defensive end. "Greg Robinson had a really, really good spring and I think he is going to develop into a really good football player," the head coach says.

Robinson's position coach, Jeff Grimes, is not known to over-hype the potential of players, but he is obviously looking forward to seeing what Robinson can do this year.

"I am expecting big things because he has a ton of ability and had a good spring, but like all young guys you don't know for sure until they get on the field and you really find out what they are going to do when the lights are on," the coach tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I think Greg is a guy who can be as good as he wants to be."

Robinson is shown at practice with Coach Gene Chizik.

Robinson says it feels good to be competing for a starting spot after redshirting last season. "I feel it is time for me to be a leader and step up and do everything the coaches ask of me."

Grimes and Chizik came close to playing Robinson last fall, but decided to redshirt him with a pair of senior starters at the tackle spots. With Brandon Mosley and A.J. Greene now trying to make NFL rosters, both tackle spots are open for the taking and Robinson could be the right guy for the job on the left side where he will be protecting the blindside of the quarterback.

"Football is important to him and he wants to be good," Grimes points out. "I think he recognizes that he has the ability to be good."

Robinson only played on the offensive side of the football for two years as a high school standout in Louisiana, where he was a teammate of Auburn wide receiver Trovon Reed. In fact, it was his relationship with Reed that helped Auburn pull the highly-recruited prospect out of Louisiana to play for the Tigers.

Grimes notes that Robinson is still raw and developing so there will be plenty of improving to do between now and the start of the season and throughout the 2012 campaign.

"He is still a young kid," Grimes says. "Sometimes with those kids who have that type of body you look at them differently because he looks like a guy who could be playing in the NFL, but he is still a young kid who has not played any football at the college level. We will see what he does, but I am expecting great things."

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No. 11, Jaquay Williams

No. 10, Ricky Parks

No. 9, Cassanova McKenzie

No. 8, Jovon Robinson

No. 7, Sammie Coates

No. 6, Christian Westerman

No. 5, Corey Grant

No. 4, Kris Frost

No. 3, Patrick Miller

No. 2, Jay Prosch

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