Freshman RB Robinson Making Big Plays

Wide receiver Sam Shields has been the most talked freshman this week and running back Javarris James had been very productive as well. Ian Symonette is a 6-foot-9 monster as an offensive tackle. Ryan Hill was the third ranked cornerback in the country. All are worthy of their recoginition, but so is running back Kylan Robinson.

At today's practice Kylan Robinson broke off two long runs that went for at least 40 yards.

"It was a zone play," he described. "The linebackers over-rushed the play and I had to cut back. I just went downfield and got a couple missed tackles."

Overall, Robinson had a good performance in today's practice as the team was in full pads for the first time.

"I did pretty good," Robinson said. "I had a couple of long runs and I picked up the blitzes pretty good. It's not as hard as it looks, but those big linebackers coming at your full speed--you have got to be ready for them."

Robinson has been working with the first team this week along with fellow freshman running back Javarris James. Both players have benefitted from Charlie Jones and Derron Thomas being hurt this week.

"Coach expects me and Javarris to be ready to play in the game September 4th," Robinson said. "We have been bull-rushed with all of these plays, all of the protections, the routes and stuff like that. But everything is coming along."

"I remember a couple of days when Charlie and Derron went out with an injury, we were in there a long time, and we got a lot of reps," Robinson said. "I lost about seven pounds on that day."

Playing on the first team this week has been a surprise for Robinson who was behind four backs who had been at UM for at least two years.

"It was a surprise, but coach sat down with me after one of our meetings and said we need you to step up," Robinson remembered. "Out of the guys here, they aren't experienced except for Charlie and Tyrone. Tyrone is hurt and Charlie is still learning the new offense."

Head coach Larry Coker has praised Kylan more than once this week to the media along with Javarris.

Kylan has a good relationship with Javarris as the two are working hard to learn as much as possible.

"We are pretty good," Robinson said. "We hang out a lot. We sit around and look at the playbook."

Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back is known for being a power runner as opposed to a speed back. The coaches want him to get up to 220 pounds for the season.

Being a freshman is never easy especially when you don't know too many people and a bit quiet. However, Robinson is starting to open up more.

"At first it was kind of hard for me because I was kind of quiet," Robinson said. "The team would give me a hard time for not talking in team meetings. After a while I started opening up during the meetings when the team would make a beat and make the freshmen stand up and dance. After that I opened up more."

FROM ANCHORAGE TO TAMPA

Prior to his senior year of high school and four days before school started at Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla. Robinson made the move from Anchorage, Alaska to live with his grandmother leaving his mother, Barbara Hord, still in Anchoragge.

"It is still amazing to me to realize that all of the hard work that I put in that year has put me in the position I am in right now," Robinson said.

His mother and the rest of his family is planning on attending the Boston College game on Thanksgiving.

It has been quite a year for Robinson, who rushed for over 1,600 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging 9 yards per carry at Chamberlain.

"I was thinking about it last night when I talked to my mom," said Robinson, who picked UM over Ohio State and South Carolina. "It has been a long road with all of this work. Now it is time to put in more."

Robinson goes back to work tomorrow for his first two-a-day at Miami.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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