T-Rob Headed Back To Auburn

Former Auburn standout Travis Robinson will join Will Muschamp's defensive coaching staff with the football Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--A former Auburn defensive back and graduate assistant is headed back to the Plains to reunite with new coordinator Will Muschamp, Auburn announced on Saturday. Travaris Robinson has been hired by Auburn and Coach Gus Malzahn to coach cornerbacks for the Tigers in 2015 and is excited about the opportunity after finishing his season at Florida with a win over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl.

"I'm very excited about returning to Auburn where I played, received my degree and was a graduate assistant," Robinson said. "Auburn has provided me so many opportunities and I'm excited to be able to give back to a place that has meant so much to me.

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Malzahn and I'm looking forward to working for him," Robinson said. "My family and I are glad to be back home."

With cornerbacks Coach Melvin Smith not expected to be part of Muschamp’s defensive staff, it opened the door for Robinson to return to the Plains. One of the most popular players early in Coach Tommy Tuberville’s tenure as Auburn’s head coach, Robinson’s excitement on the field and knowledge of the game has translated over to his coaching on the field for the Florida Gators.

“Travaris is one of the nation’s best young coaches and recruiters, who is very familiar with Auburn and the Southeastern Conference,” Malzahn said. “He was an outstanding player at Auburn and will be a tremendous asset for our staff and players. We’re excited to have Travaris back at Auburn.”

Since starting his coaching career in 2006 at Auburn as a student assistant, Robinson had had a hand in seven players being drafted, including first-rounder Matt Elam in 2013. Another player could join that group this season as well if Vernon Hargreaves decides to leave Florida early.

After spending a season as a student assistant for Auburn in 2006 worked in 2007 as a graduate assistant coach in 2007 under Muschamp, Robinson coached defensive backs at Western Kentucky in 2008 and Southern Miss in 2009 before joining Tuberville’s staff at Texas Tech in 2010. Staying in Lubbock for one season, Robinson made the move to Gainesville for the 2011 season and for the next four seasons was one of the bright young defensive coaches in college football.

Right away Robinson was part of a staff that made a big impact in Gainesville. In 2011 he guided a Florida secondary that ranked seventh in the nation in pass defense (166.8 yards per game), eighth nationally in total defense (299.5 yards per game) and second in third-down defense (27.12 percent).

In 2012 the Gators were ranked No. 2 in pass efficiency defense (95.55) and allowed just seven touchdown passes, the second-fewest in the nation. That season Florida had 20 interceptions, tied for the 10th-most in school history.

This season Florida was seventh in total defense (311 yards per game), 20th in scoring defense (21.1 points per game), and 11th in pass efficiency defense (107.57).

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