Robinson Gives Scouting Report On Chizik

Former Auburn star and current Western Kentucky coach Travaris Robinson talks about the hire of Gene Chizik.

Bowling Green, Ken.--It's doubtful that few people have a better grasp of what to expect from new Auburn coach Gene Chizik than former Tiger and current Western Kentucky assistant Travaris Robinson.

A player for the Tigers under Chizik, Robinson says he's happy to see his former coach get a chance and he predicts that he will do big things for the Tigers.

"I was very excited," Robinson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's a good hire for Auburn. He's a guy who coached me and has been around the program. He's been involved and knows how it works. I think he's going to do a great job at Auburn. I think it's a great hire and I support it 100 percent. I can't wait to see it happen in the fall."

Coming to Auburn as a wide receiver, Robinson changed positions and excelled on defense under the guidance of Chizik. As a senior he earned All-SEC honors and he credits Chizik for much of what he was able to accomplish at Auburn.

"He's the kind of guy with a lot of intensity," Robinson says. "He's a coach who will continue to get the best out of his players. We were having a pretty good defensive year his first year and he continued to get after us and always held us accountable. That's probably going to be the best thing about him. He's going to hold everybody accountable from the coaching staff to the managers.

"That's just how he is. He's going to do a great job at Auburn and a great job recruiting. He was constantly talking about it, even when we were playing. When we would bring guys in on official visits he would talk about us being able to talk to them and that type of stuff. He's a great hire for Auburn."

Now a coach himself, Robinson says as he looks back on playing for Chizik he sees the kind of coach he wants to be in the future. He says for him there are certain things a coach needs to be in order to be successful and he sees all that in Chizik.

"His aggressive style," Robinson says of Chizik's best attribute. "He's a players' coach. He lets you communicate with him during a series and tell him what the other team is doing. He trusts his guys. He gave us that respect because we worked hard during the film study. He trusted what we were saying. The best attribute he has is being a players' coach. He's a guy who can adjust on the run and let his players feel comfortable."

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