“I think he is more mature,” says Tim Horton, who coached Robinson for the first time last season when the running back transferred to Auburn from junior college.
“We have got a motto this year that says ‘earn it,’ and I think he understands now that you are going to have earn playing time, you are going to have to earn carries and you are going to have to earn the opportunity to get on the field. That is what he is doing and I have been real pleased with his maturity level.”
After rushing for 3,988 yards in two seasons vs. junior college competition at Georgia Military where he was named NJCAA Player of the Year as a freshman, Robinson arrived at Auburn with high expectations.
As a junior he carried the ball just four times for 20 yards in the opening seven games of the season. He received his first major playing time with the Tigers in game eight as he rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries vs. Ole Miss.
He followed that with 159 yards on 27 carries in a road victory at Texas A&M. For the season he finished with 639 yards and three touchdowns on 117 carries, an average of 5.5 yards per carry.
Jovon Robinson runs the football at Legion Field in Auburn's bowl victory vs. Memphis.
Robinson, who Horton notes is in a battle for playing time with junior Roc Thomas, finished his junior season with 126 yards and 27 carries vs. Memphis on the way to winning Most Valuable Player honors in the Birmingham Bowl.
“I think he is really starting to grow up and be the kind of player and the type of person we thought he could be,” Horton says.
The Tigers, who are into the second half of spring drills, will play their annual A-Day game on Saturday, April 9th at 3 p.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.