Robinson stepping up

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It had been a while since Darius Robinson snagged a pair of interceptions in one game.

Before the 49-14 win over Syracuse on Saturday, he'd never pulled off the feat during his Clemson career. As a three-star cornerback at Westlake High School in Atlanta, he never had more than one in a game.

Not since middle school ball did Robinson have two interceptions in one game.

"I was definitely in the right position today," he said. "We prepared all week. We saw a lot of the things that they ran in practice. We were just making good breaks all day."

Brent Venables' defense had a total of four interceptions on Saturday.

"D-Rob had some really nice plays on the football, had great technique, very aggressive," Venables said.

Heading into his senior campaign, Robinson had three career interceptions. Through five games this season, he's doubled that total.

Robinson said the addition of new defensive backs coach Mike Reed has made a positive impact, not only on him, but the Clemson secondary as a whole.

"[Reed is] just bringing that energy, for us to take pride in our jobs," Robinson said. "Every play matters. We can't take any plays off. We've got to understand that all eyes are on us. If we make a mistake, that's an easy six points, so we've just got to take pride in our job."

Robinson added, "He doesn't let up on us. We got on the sideline after making a good play he still may cuss us out. So, he's definitely on us all the time."

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