Cornerback Robinson Setting Goals

BYU cornerbacks seem to have three main corners: experience, health and depth. Justin Robinson, a transfer cornerback from Independence Community College (Tulsa, Okla.) is not only setting his sights high, he's sacrificing for his new team.

Justin Robinson was not been able to participate in spring camp or during voluntary summer workouts as he had to earn a few college credits to be eligible. Having missed that time, Robinson fully understands the critical situation the defensive secondary is facing.

"I'm picking the defense up at a slower pace than everybody else, but I think I'm picking it up pretty good," he said. "We go over it every hour, so I'm progressing and getting used to it every hour. It's a complicated defense but at the same time it's as hard as you make it. I hit the books every night before I go to sleep. I wake up, and hit it again. I should have it down pat soon. I'm setting a goal to have this defense down pat within a week. Well, what they gave us."

BYU has seen eleven defensive backs hampered with injuries in fall camp thus far. Robinson is doing his best to participate in fall camp to learn as much as he can despite practicing with an injury of his own.

"I have a pulled groin I believe," Robinson said. "I did it last Friday, so I've been practicing since scrimmage like that and I don't think that's very good. I think I might be making it worse and I think I might just stretch it out earlier even more.

"I hope I'm pleasing the coaches so far. This injury thing is totally new to me. I'm not much of an injury person and if I can play through it, which is what I've been trying to do, then I'll do it. But this one here might make things worse if I try to do that. Hopefully Coach Mendenhall and Coach Mitchell will see that I'm giving it my best, because I am."

One possible reason why BYU's secondary has been struggling both with injuries and on-field performance could be directly related to the outstanding core of wide receivers they face daily on the practice field.

"The Mountain West Conference better get ready this year because there isn't a weak link anywhere," Robinson said. "[All the receivers are] sound whether it's being quick, fast, physical or running good and precise routes. We have the total package and this is great experience playing against them."

So how has this receivers group helped him develop?

"The physical part, they're very physical," he said. "They stem the routes meaning they'll stem in or break inside then break it outside. For us as corners we're trying to see that, if we see it, it's still tough. Also these guys help us hip wise. You got to have good hips in order to be able to cover stuff like that; in order to be able to either jump on that ball or change directions."

Robinson is making the most of his situation in Provo, Utah though. Despite his nagging injury, the rigors of fall camp and facing multiple, talented receivers he's fully enjoying the opportunity to be apart of the BYU football team.

"I'm having a blast," he said. "It's a lot of work but at the same time you got to have fun with it. If you play football you should always love the game of football, which I do. I grew up watching it; this is where I want to be playing football."


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