Life Is Good for Justin Robinson

BYU senior cornerback Justin Robinson has been a big reason why the Cougar secondary is one of the best in the Mountain West Conference. caught up with the Robinson to talk about his final home game, his mother's first trip to Provo for a BYU home game, life after BYU, and how he compares to his Ute counterpart Eric Weddle.

"I've been pleased with my senior season," said 5-foot-9, 168-pound cornerback Justin Robinson with a smile. "I do wish I would have had more interceptions than I had. I haven't been catching the ball that well, and I don't know what it is."

With one game left to play, Robinson has recorded 22 solo tackles and eight assists for a total of 30 on the season. He recorded two interceptions, one of which he ran back for a 64-yard touchdown, and nearly had four more interceptions on the year.

"I think I would have been happier if I would have caught the majority of the balls I dropped," Robinson said. "I know I could have a lot more interceptions but overall I'm not upset about anything."

Having six interceptions on the season would have equaled his University of Utah counterpart Eric Weddle, whose current seasons stats include 49 total tackles at both the cornerback and safety positions and six interceptions for 70 yards.

"I've paid attention to him, and with me being an unknown person, that's kind of a name that I took in the off-season because nobody knows much about me, and use that as motivation," said senior cornerback Justin Robinson. "I'm sure [Weddle] has his motivation as well and is a very good player. I watch him on film and have learned from him."

One aspect of Weddle's game that Robinson noticed was how he does not use his physical side in order to cover his man in press coverage.

"When he's up in press coverage he's got the ability to run with someone and doesn't have to be physical with them," said Robinson. "I've noticed he's done that a lot, and he's a smart player and that's one thing that makes him really good. You have to give him credit because when he makes mistakes on the field he can bounce back and make up for them, and I think any young corner can learn from that."

Although not an official stat, Robinson has given up fewer touchdowns than Weddle. No receiver has beaten Robinson for a touchdown this year, while Weddle has been seen chasing a couple opponents into the end zone.

Weddle began the year at cornerback, but moved to the safety spot where his can be more involved in the entire defense.

"I think it's probably because he's more physical as a safety than he is as a cornerback," said Robinson of Weddle's position switch. "He reminds me a lot of Chris McAllister from the Baltimore Ravens and when you're physical like that you can come up and help out on the run support which is why I think the Utah coaches made that move. As far as us cornerbacks, we can't really do that. We have to stay with our man and stay where we are."

Against New Mexico, Robinson knocked down a pass in the end zone to the roaring approval of BYU fans. In his final home game, Robinson helped BYU clinch the Mountain West Conference title in front of 63,814 people, one of whom was his mother attending her first BYU home game.

"It was exciting to have her here and it was a great feeling," said Robinson. "It was great especially after the game when everyone ran onto the field, and then afterwards it was good to be able to turn around and talk to mom and my family after the game. I haven't had the opportunity to do that this year or last year, and it just felt really good to have her here for her first game at LaVell Edwards Stadium where it was my last game here where we won the Mountain West outright.

"The fans and everyone else was really nice to her and I was glad that she was able to be a part of that. She loved it here. She even got a little tour of the press-box. I don't even know how she did that, so whoever pulled that off for her I thank them very much. She enjoyed it a lot and I know they all did. I can't really explain it. I'm just happy she was here because she's one of the reasons why I'm here at BYU."

Looking back, Robinson is happy about his decision to come to BYU from Independence Junior College.

"It's been good," Robinson said. "It's been good to be a part of this defense and win the Mountain West and to be here with this great coaching staff. It just feels good to know I was a part of turning this defense around. I couldn't have asked for anything better. We used to watch BYU games on ESPN2 because back in Oklahoma they would be the last game to come on late at night, so we used to watch some of their games."

While a committed athlete still at Independence Junior College, Robinson made the comment that he would like to possibly pursue a job as assistant coach following his career at BYU. Although he is doing his best to enjoy what is left of his college career, the thought of continuing his college football experience as a coach has once again surfaced in Robinson's mind.

"Oh yes because I love the game of football," Robinson said about whether he was still considering coaching. "It would be hard just to walk away from the excitement of the game and the feelings you get before the game, the feelings you get after the game whether you win or lose. It's just hard to walk away from this and the family of football. I just really like it.

"First I'm going to graduate and finish up strong. I haven't really thought about what steps I'm going to take yet, but I would like to come back and maybe be a [graduate assistant] here. Coach Hill and I have chatted about that a bit. He asked me if that was what I really wanted to do, and I'm not 100 percent sure just yet. I guess I'll just take one day at a time, but right now, I just want to enjoy the time I have while I can. I'm going to miss it."

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