Operation WR to TE a Success

After playing tight end now for an entire spring, former wide receiver Adrien Robinson is happy with where he stands- next to his team's offensive linemen. Originally skeptical of the move, Robinson has grown to become a fan of his involvement in the Bearcat's offense. We caught up with the red shirt freshman following Bearcat Bowl II, a game in which he took his lone reception for 27 yards.

“I didn’t like it at first because I thought it would be a lot of blocking, and I wanted to run routes, so I didn’t like it.  But now that I’ve gotten into it I kind of like it.”


That was Robinson on April 16th, just “kind of” liking his new job as a tight end.  It must have grown on him, because at the end of the spring ball season, Robinson spoke of his position at tight end with a smile on his face.


“I like it a lot now,” said Robinson.  “I like it a lot more; I’m getting more involved with the offense.  I like whatever’s going to get me in the game so I can get some catches and make plays.”


Head coach Brian Kelly obviously likes what he sees in Robinson.  The depth of the Bearcats wide receiving core provided a challenge for getting Indianapolis native on the field, and Kelly realized the more Robinson can see the field, the better.


“What we’re looking at is how we can get him more reps in our entire package.  It’s pretty clear that if we just left him at wide receiver he’d be in and out of the game,” said Kelly shortly after the move.  “It just makes sense for us to get him more work at that (tight end) position.”


“I like Adrien Robinson,” added the coach.  “I think he’s going to help us a lot.”


A member of the winning black team during Bearcat Bowl II, Robinson was able to take a Demetrius Jones pass 27 yards down the field on third and eight to the red team 14 yard line.  The drive ended on a failed fourth down conversion, but the play by Robinson showed just how dangerous the 6’-4”, 250 lb. tight end could become to opposing defenses.  In playing against his own teammates, Robinson had nothing but praises of his first spring game experience.


“Tonight was good,” said Robinson following Bearcat Bowl II.  “I liked it; I got to experience how it’s going to be in a game.  It’s a little faster and I just have to process things quicker.  I think it was a good experience for me.”


Bearcat Bowl II should be the first of many good experiences expected for Robinson on the football field this year.


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