Five good minutes with - Corey Robinson

Irish sophomore wide receiver Corey Robinson has the tools, mentally and physically, to become one of Notre Dame's most valuable assets on offense this year.

Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson...

On playing with quarterback Everett Golson:

“Dude is unbelievable. We’re just getting him to try and trust us because it’s been a while since we’ve all thrown with him, obviously. Reestablishing that timing is the number one thing we’re really working on a receiving corps… being out of the break when he wants us to be and making sure he can count on us to make the big play. He has all of the tools. Like I said, he’s such a great player. When you see him on tape, you don’t really get to see his playmaking ability. When you’re out there playing with him, you feel like he’s rolling out and you’ve got to adjust your route. I can’t imagine the way he sees the game. It’s beautiful. He just makes something out of nothing, and I don’t think you can really capture that on tape. When you’re out there on the field doing a scramble drill or seven-on-seven and you see him break the pocket and see him throw a perfect ball throwing the defense on the run, that’s just a different kind of fell when you’re out there.”

On being one of Notre Dame’s primary red zone threats:

“It’s one of the main focuses of this season for me. I’m trying to focus on jumping over people. I remember my freshman year, I got some butterflies down there. But, now it’s like this is why I’m here, this is why I got recruited. I’ve got to start making plays down there. I’m becoming more comfortable in the red zone. I remember my freshman year I was freaking out, oh man it’s coming to me, I’ve got to make a big play. Now, it’s just like I’ve got to do what I do. It’s a different mindset. Before it was I hope I get. Now, it’s like I’m going to get it and this guy isn’t standing in my way. It’s more of a dominating mindset as an opposed to a hopefully, maybe, if he let’s me get it.”

On if football has always come easily to him:

“When I first started playing in high school, it did not come easily. I could catch, that was the one thing I could do well. The actual education part of the game, that was so difficult. It’s still an ongoing battle. The last two years were a crash course in football 101, and now it’s like I’m getting into the 300 and 400 levels. So, in that sense it’s always been a big labor. Playing in small Texas high school football and then coming out here and playing against the best of the best against strong, physical guys that can do everything well has been an adjustment as well. So, those two transitions weren’t easy at all. But now I’ve put the work in and it’s started to come easier I guess for me. It’s about timing.”

On what players he’s leaned on for advice:

“When I first got here it was DaVaris , and T.J. too. Now, it’s Breezy and the coaches. I talk to Coach Denbrock and Coach Kelly, and they’re more than willing to help me. That was one of the things I was shy about last year. I didn’t want to seem like I didn’t know what I was doing. But, it turns out you get in more trouble when you go out there thinking you know something and you don’t. That kind of humility is needed to learn the concepts more.”

On what NFL players he tries to learn from:

“I watch tape on Smaradzija and Calvin Johnson. I love Jeff Samardzija. I want to play just like him. Whenever I go on YouTube I always look up his highlights. He’s incredible. He’s about my size 6’5” and he’s 225, and he’s really fast, great with his hands and his body language. He can catch a three-yard slant route and then go take it the house. I need to learn to play like that. I just watch bigger receivers and how it unfolds and how they make their money out there, whether it’s catching the deep ball like I did last year or doing a little bit of everything or blocking, I just love watching them break down their play.”

On how much of the playbook he was familiar with last year:

“Last year, not very much. I wasn’t very confident. I didn’t really have an understanding of the offense. I just felt very uncomfortable in general. But since I got to play a little bit last year and then this spring and in camp, I just feel more comfortable out there. More comfortable what I’m doing. If the coach tells me something in the film room, I can actually apply it now. I can actually see the thing happening on the field. It just makes more sense.”

On the increased physicality from the secondary this year:

“It’s been very physical this camp, to say the least. We have some really big, physical guys out there, and they like to play rough. So, we have to step up to the challenge and meet them with the physicality. That’s the No. 1 important thing, especially with me being 6’5”. That’s my game, I’ve got to play like that.”

On the new uniforms:

“I like the uniforms. Personally, I’m not really a showy kind of guy. That’s hard to believe because of the hair (laughing), but trust me on this one, I’m not. As long as you have “a” uniform for me, I’m good. But, I’m really enjoying the Under Armour stuff, and it’s been really comfortable and that’s the number one thing for me.”

On how the new hair style is going over at home:

“Oh yeah… it’s still going over. My mom was like, ‘Oh, is today media today? Oh, is today picture day?’ And I was like no… Yeah, they’re not very receptive. But, it’s just hair. It will grow back and I can cut it off at any moment. Dad is not into that. When I went back home, everyone was asking me if was for the (Rodman) look. I said hello to some of the Spurs guys and Tim Duncan called me that. [Italian soccer player] (Mario) Baratelli is the main reason I did it and couple of the Brazilian national players. This summer I went to Brazil and got to do a lot of mission work, which was cool. I played a lot of soccer, and soccer is life over there. Some of their players dyed their hair blonde, and I was like why not? I’m 19, in college, and I’m an athlete. Let’s just do it.”

On the excitement of playing game number one:

“Very eager. Camp is a marathon. Every day is just inching forward, and I can’t wait for everyone to be buzzing about campus and for Rice to come in here and have the lights on again and have 80,000 people in the stands cheering for you. Right now, we’re just playing in front of ourselves, which isn’t as motivating. When you come out of the tunnel and you see people screaming for a big play, that’s going to be really fun.”


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