End of the line for Robinson

CLEMSON - Darius Robinson, who arrived to Clemson as a three-star and the No. 28 cornerback prospect in the class of 2010, has one game left in his college career.

It's hard to believe that it was all the way back in July of 2009 when Robinson made a commitment to Clemson over offers from Miami, UCF, Stanford and Kentucky. Late flirtations with Georgia Tech and Auburn were unnerving for Clemson recruitniks, but Robinson stuck with his word and signed with the Tigers.

And he's played role in helping Dabo Swinney return the program to national relevance. Since logging just 73 snaps as a freshman in 2010, Robinson has started 24 of the last 30 games he's played. For his career, Robinson has 69 tackles, six interceptions and four tackles for loss.

Eight days are left on his college career.

"It's hard to believe, putting in all the work and all the hard practices, year in and year out, I pretty much knew this time would come sooner or later," Robinson said.

This season, by far, has been his best, and remaining healthy has played a large part in that. Robinson has set single-season career-highs in snaps [618], tackles [36], tackles for loss [three] and interceptions [three].

"I'm just trying my best to get better every single day," he said. "I'm always hard on myself. I definitely could have done a lot better than I did. I can't take those plays back. The only thing I can do is keep working and put everything on the field this last game."

Robinson couldn't ask for a better opponent or bowl to do just that.

"It's definitely a great stage, second-biggest game next to the national championship, so we know everybody will be watching us," he said. "Just going out, we know the feeling, we've been in the Orange Bowl before, [and] we're just taking pride in not repeating that feeling."

Whatever the result of the Ohio State game is, starting on Jan. 4, Robinson will begin his pursuit of the NFL.

"It's definitely a great feeling and it's really hard to not look to far ahead, especially when it's something as exciting as that," he said. "Right now, I've got to handle my business here. I've got to finish this last game strong, to put myself in the best position to even be able to think about that right now.

"So it's all about this game right now."

As for life after football, Robinson's plans are noble.

"Hopefully, I'm out just impacting the world," he said, "Just helping to change somebody's life."

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