Two-Deep Breakdown: CB Mason Robinson

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team has three weeks off before regrouping for summer classes. Coming out of the spring, is here to individually break down every expected member of the summer two-deep. Today, we analyze second-team cornerback and punt returner Mason Robinson.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at sixth-year senior Mason Robinson, who begins training camp as a second-team corner and starting punt returner.

Past Experience — Robinson's injury-plagued career is well documented. The man that once served as the primary backup to Ray Rice missed the majority of three years with knee injuries.

Missing last season with a knee injury, Robinson earned a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA in the same fashion as Edmond Layrea in 2011.

As a Recruit — A four-star recruit in 2007 out of Somerville High (N.J.), Robinson was right up there with Anthony Davis in terms of big-time gets after the magical 2006 season. Robinson was recruited with the idea of him playing either running back or cornerback. After injuries and mixed results at running back and receiver, Robinson moved to cornerback where he has been the last two seasons.

Spring Performance — Robinson was unable to do much more than field punts in practice during the spring. He continues his rehabilitation from a torn knee ligament, but expects to be nearly full go when it comes to training camp.

Does Well — Robinson is the epitome of reliability as a punt returner and that will be his primary role this season. Robinson made a strong push for starting cornerback before his latest knee injury and provides veteran depth to the position on and off the field this season.

Needs to Improve — Robinson has plenty of film and playbook experience at cornerback, but is still relatively new to the position. If Robinson can ever get totally healthy, he cannot simply step into the position and start playing at a Division I level. Robinson needs to practice at his position and earn his way back onto the field.

Long-Term Outlook — Turning 23 before the season kicks off, Robinson is already a Rutgers graduate and preparing himself for the real world. Knee problems likely bring any NFL aspirations to an end, but with six years of Rutgers education, Robinson will be in good shape when he moves on and a valuable veteran presence on the 2012 roster.

Here is the latest interview with Robinson.

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