Name a national defensive award that linebackers can win, and Robinson is on the preseason watch list.
The athletic senior earned those spots with a stellar junior season that saw him earn second-team All-Big 12 honors after he made 113 tackles, including eight for loss. He also had a hand in four turnovers, picking off two passes and recovering two fumbles, while he forced another. Robinson did that by churning loose his considerable athleticism — one of the league's most athletic linebackers, he won the district title in the triple jump as a high school junior — from the outside.
But now, Robinson will operate from the middle, and he's bulked up to more than 240 pounds to handle the challenge. If previous years are any indication, he'll be one of the few true sideline-to-sideline middle linebackers in the league, and a successful three-down player who can operate in a variety of situations.
The Longhorns are also expecting more from Robinson as a leader, a task that he's taken very seriously in the offseason. Robinson said at Big 12 Media Days that the Longhorns needed to assume more of a "get better day-by-day" attitude to bring the program back, and Robinson himself said he expected Texas to go back to the days of winning 10 games a season.
If Texas is to reach that point, they'll need a big season from Robinson, one of the Longhorns' most talented players. The good news is that it looks like they'll probably get one.
2010 Stats: 113 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble