With the graduation of Emmanuel Sanders, SMU's all-time reception/yards leader, Robinson is now the No. 1. He not only will inherit more double teams and better defenders, but will be asked to be SMU's biggest and most reliable weapon.
"I told him before the spring started, because of the bowl game, he is going to have a star by his name and how he practices is going to determine what his future is," said Coach June Jones. "He has all the skills to play at the next level."
This spring, Robinson didn't disappoint.
"I think he really learned a lot from Emmanuel last season on how hard he worked and how hard you have to work," said SMU quarterback Kyle Padron. "Emmanuel got drafted and I think that is what Al wants and is working for."
"He had the best 15 practices since I have been here. He has really worked hard. He knows what is at stake now," said Jones.
In seven and a half games last season, Robinson and Padron hooked up 25 times. Expect the catches per game to go up not just due to Sanders departure, but with the maturity of Padron. SMU fans should expect to see their sophomore quarterback challenge defenses more down field, creating more opportunities for the speedster Robinson.
Robinson earned honorable mention All-C-USA accolades in 2008, snagging 59 passes for 1,047 yards. He joined just three other receivers in SMU history to record 1,000 yards in a season.