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One of the most electrifying return specialists to ever perform in the collegiate ranks, Robinson adds to his resume as a clutch possession-type receiver who is a dangerous threat on the reverse, in addition to performing capably on the return coverage units. He is one of the few collegians to score on a reception, rushing attempt, kickoff return and a punt return in a career.
To call Robinson a big-play specialist would be putting it mildly, as his average gain of 16.16 yards every time he touched the ball set an NCAA career-record. He shares the college football record by scoring eight times on kick returns in a career, and his 1,260 kickoff return yards in 2007 set an NCAA season-record. He also established an NCAA record with 3,829 yards gained on total kick returns.
Robinson set school career-records with 178 receptions, 1,104 yards gained on punt returns, four punts that were returned for touchdowns and 6,479 yards in all-purpose yardage. He also holds the USU all-time records with 110 kickoff returns for 2,725 yards and four scores.
Utah State did not join the Western Athletic Conference until 2005, so Robinson's totals in 2004 do not count towards the league's career records. However, he ranks tenth in WAC history with 5,169 all-purpose yards over his final three seasons. His average of 15.81 yards gained per play in that span set a conference all-time mark.
At Hoover High School, Robinson was a two-time first-team All-League selection as a defensive back. He earned All-Valley honors as a senior and was an honorable mention All-League pick as a sophomore. He recorded four interceptions as a senior. As a wide receiver, he had 69 catches for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also competed in basketball and track and reached the state finals in the triple jump.
In 2003, Robinson enrolled at Utah State, where his brother, John Rushing, a former defensive back at Washington State, had just joined the staff as the secondary coach. He spent the season red-shirting and playing on the scout team. In 2004, he made a huge splash on the national scene, as he ranked second in the NCAA with a 22.5-yard average on 17 punt returns.
Robinson earned Freshman All-American and second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors, as the team MVP started three of eleven games at flanker. He led the squad with 44 receptions for 602 yards (13.7 avg) and three touchdowns, adding 326 yards and a score on 13 kickoff returns (25.1 avg).
Rated the fourth-best return specialist in the country by The Sporting News, Robinson ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference with an average of 138.2 all-purpose yards per game in 2005. He started nine games at flanker, finishing second on the team with 43 catches for 661 yards (15.4 avg) and eight touchdowns. He carried 13 times for 91 yards (7.0 avg) and a score, returned 27 punts for 270 yards and a touchdown, adding 498 yards on 23 kickoff returns (21.7 avg).
Robinson shifted to split end in 2006, starting nine games. He made 36 catches for 582 yards (16.2 avg) and five touchdowns. He totaled 35 yards on six carries, 74 yards on 14 punt returns (5.3 avg) and 641 yards on 31 kickoff returns (20.7 avg). He finished with 1,332 all-purpose yards and also posted two solo tackles.
As a senior, Robinson led the nation with an 18.9-yard average on 20 punt returns, scoring once. He placed sixth nationally with 43 kickoff returns for an NCAA record 1,260 yards (29.3 avg) and three touchdowns. His 2,317 all-purpose yards rank second on the Western Athletic Conference season-record list. He led the team with 55 receptions for 640 yards (11.6 avg) and five scores. He also carried 16 times for 39 yards (2.4 avg), garnering All-American and All-Western Athletic Conference honors.
In 46 games at Utah State, Robinson started 32 contests. He holds the school record with 178 receptions, ranks third with 2,485 receiving yards (14.0 avg) and is tied for third in USU annals with 21 touchdown grabs. He rushed 35 times for 165 yards (4.7 avg) and a score. He returned 78 punts for a school record 1,104 yards (14.2 avg) and four touchdowns.
He scored 182 points and recorded eight tackles (7 solos) with a forced fumble. Robinson amassed 2,725 yards with four touchdowns on 110 kickoff returns (24.8 avg). He touched the ball 401 times for 6,479 all-purpose yards, an average of 140.85 yards per game.
Robinson returned to the national spotlight with a stellar performance in the 2008 East-West Shrine Game. He caught a touchdown pass and returning a punt for a score in the West's 31-13 victory over the East in the 83rd East-West Shrine Game. He gave the West a 7-3 lead when he returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter. He quickly dashed past the first wave of defenders and then outran a couple more before juking the punter on his way into the end zone, which he flipped into.
Robinson, who led Utah State in scoring the last three seasons, extended the West's lead to 24-6 when he scored on a 5-yard pass from Josh Johnson in the fourth quarter. He finished with four receptions for 28 yards. "I came from a small school and not too many people know about me," he said. "This was just an opportunity for me to go out there and just show what I could do against better competition. I wanted to show that no matter where I'm from, I'm still a good player and I can play with the best."
Positives: Plays with good aggression, but needs to improve his overall strength...Lacks the timed speed you want in a receiver, but compensates as a returner with his hip weave and patience waiting for blocks to develop...Runs with a normal stride and has enough initial quickness for his short-area in-stride cuts...Runs with good body control and shows agility and balance on his cuts working underneath (drifts a bit on long patterns)...More of a game day player than one with good practice habits, but is tough and aggressive while going for the ball...Shows good focus on turning the defender and getting open in his routes...When he extends his arms and keeps his hands active, he has much better success escaping press coverage...Sets up his breaks well, working to turn the defenders, doing a nice job of adjusting on the move to locate the open areas underneath...Shows alertness to the first-down markers and has body control along the sidelines (will get bounced around working over the middle)...Sets up his cuts and shows functional quickness out of his breaks, with steady (but slow) acceleration and the ability to adjust on the move...Best when running the quick outs, curls, and hitches, showing alertness on the move and the ability to uncover and adjust to the ball...Shows good concentration while going up for the ball in a crowd, but has to improve his timing on his leaps and add more power to prevent the defender from boxing him out when trying to compete for jump balls...Shows balance, body control, and flexibility while adjusting for off-target throws and has the soft hands to field balls with ease as a kickoff returner...Very effective at using his hip weave, shoulder and head fakes to set up the defender and elude after the catch, compensating for a lack of blazing speed...Patient waiting for his blocks to develop on returns and shows good adjustment skills to look the ball in over his outside shoulder.
Negatives: Has a thick frame, but only adequate muscle definition throughout, needing to improve his overall strength...Competes in his routes, but doesn't possess a sudden burst or acceptable top-end speed...Needs more than several reps to retain plays (has a verified learning disability)...Needs to do a better job of recognizing coverages (runs into spots at times)...Called a "game player" by the coaching staff, he needs to be monitored and pushed in his training program (does not comply to their team training program)...Has good short area quickness, but fails to build his acceleration throughout the route when going long distances...Lacks the second gear to separate after the catch and must do a better job of extending for the ball outside his frame...Tries to weave and wiggle his way through a crowd, but his lack of foot speed will see him caught from behind...Has put up impressive return figures, but it has been done vs. mediocre competition...More of a pester type of blocker, lacking the strength to face up or sustain (also gets too wide with his hands when engaging defenders)...Gets most of his yardage with his hip weave and shows just adequate vision locating the seam...Had one off-field issue (caught taking a bicycle on campus)...Must develop a better hand punch, as he struggles to escape the press vs. more physical defenders...Better on outside pass plays, as he lacks the strength to combat for the ball in a crowd, as defenders have had good success neutralizing him over the middle...Does a poor job of shielding the ball from defenders and needs to show better ball distribution to prevent costly turnovers...Has poor leaping ability and will generally lose most jump ball battles...Has marginal timed speed to provide value as a receiver lining out wide and lacks the strength or ability to get to throws working in the slot at the next level.
Compares To: JOSH CRIBBS-Cleveland...Like Cribbs, Robinson will bring better value as a return man than as a receiver, but his lack of speed is a major concern, as he's had the bulk of his success vs. mediocre competition. He is an adequate receiver, at best, who lacks a burst or second gear and gets bounced around too much trying to go for throws in a crowd. He doesn't have the speed to win foot races and gets separation on his weave, rather than suddenness. With his learning disability and need to be monitored in his training, he brings special team value, at best, but I just think his lack of speed is not going to see him have any sort of success that he had in college at the next level.
Finished his career as the NCAA career leader in all-purpose yards per play (minimum 375 plays), averaging 16.16 yards on every rushing attempt, pass reception, kickoff return and punt return, breaking the previous record of 15.8 yards set by Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech from 1996-98....His average of 15.81 yards gained per play during his last three years set a Western Athletic Conference record (Utah State did not join the WAC until 2005, as his 2004 figures do not count towards that record), topping the previous mark of 14.61 yards by Terance Mathis of New Mexico (458 touches for 6,691 yards; 1985-87, 89)...His 6,479 all-purpose yards shattered the old school career-record of 5,266 yards by Kendal Smith (28 rushing, 2943 receiving, 716 punt returns, 1579 kickoff returns, 1985-88)...Fell 197 yards shy of the NCAA all-time record of 2,922 yards gained on kickoff returns by Jeff Ligon of Tulane (1993-96), gaining 2,725 yards...His 2,725 yards broke the old school career-record of 1,579 yards by Kendal Smith (1985-88)...Amassed 3,829 total kick yards (2,725 KO, 1,104 PR), breaking the previous NCAA record of 3,455 yards by Deltha O'Neal of California (1996-99; 1,169 on punts & 2,286 on kickoffs)...Became the eleventh player in NCAA history to gain over 1,000 yards on both punt returns and kickoff returns in a career and just one of two athletes to amass over 2,000 yards receiving, 2,000 on kickoff returns and 1,000 on punt returns in a career, joining Derek Abney of Kentucky (2,639 receiving, 1,042 punt returns & 2,315 kickoff returns; 2000-03)...Joined Cliff Branch of Colorado (1970-71; 6 punts, 2 kickoffs), Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska (1970-72; 7 punts, 1 kickoff), Derek Abney of Kentucky (2000-03; 6 punts, 2 kickoffs), Chad Owens of Hawaii (2001-04; 6 punts, 2 kickoffs) and Leodis McKelvin of Troy (2004-07; 7 pints, 1 kickoff) as the only players in NCAA history to return a total of eight kicks for touchdowns in a career...His average of 17.29 yards gained per play in 2007 (134 snaps for 2,317 yards) rank second on the Western Athletic Conference season-record list behind Bernard Berrian of Fresno State (17.51 avg in 2001)...Robinson's 2,317 all-purpose yards in 2007 rank second in league season annals behind Berrian's 2,591 in 2001...His 1,260 yards gained on kickoff returns in 2007 broke the old NCAA season-record of 1,248 yards by Scott Wesley of Army in 2004 and the previous WAC record of 1,214 yards by Deonce Whitaker of San Jose State in 1998...His total kick return yards of 1,638 (1,260 KO, 378 PR) broke the old NCAA season-record of 1,348 yards by Derek Abney of Kentucky in 2002 (544 punt returns, 804 kickoff returns)...His 178 receptions topped the previous school all-time record of 174 catches by Kevin Curtis (2001-02)...Robinson's 2,485 yards receiving rank third in school history behind Kendal Smith (2,943 yards, 1985-88) and Kevin Curtis (2,789)...His 21 touch-down catches tied Aaron Jones (1997-2000) for third in USU annals behind Kendal Smith (25) and Tracy Jenkins (22, 1988-91)...His four punt returns for touchdowns topped the old school career-record of three, first set by John Strycula (1969-71) and matched by Bob Wicks (1969-71)...His 1,104 yards on punt returns broke the old Aggies career-record of 818 yards by Fred Fernandes (1979, 81-83)...His punt return average of 22.5 yards in 2004 set the school season-record, topping the old average of 20.8 yards by Darrell Roberts in 1962...His 110 kickoff returns set a school career-record, while his 43 runbacks in 2007 set a USU season mark, topping the old ones of 37 in a season (1986) and 82 in a career by Kendal Smith (1985-88)...His 1,260 yards on kickoff returns in 2007 shattered the previous school season-record of 774 yards by Roger Fernandez (2001) and his three kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2007 broke the old Aggies season-record of two, held by Tony Tony Pennyman in 2005...His four kickoff returns for touchdowns is a school career-record, breaking the previous mark of two by Tony Pennyman and Altie Taylor (1966-68).
All-American first-team selection as a punt returner by CBSSportsline.com, adding second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, Sports Illustrated, Walter Camp and Phil Steele, along with third-team recognition from Rivals.com...First-team All-Western Athletic Conference choice...Led the nation with 20 punt returns for 378 yards (18.8 avg) and a touchdown...Ranked sixth nationally with a 29.3-yard average on a school record 43 kick-off returns for an NCAA record 1,260 yards and three touchdowns...Only player in the major college ranks to return a punt, kickoff and reception for a touchdown in 2007...His 2,317 all-purpose yards set a school season-record, rank second on the WAC's annual record chart and placed him eighth in the nation with an average of 193.08 yards per game...Started eleven games at split end, coming off the bench vs. Wyoming...Led the team with a career-high 55 receptions for 640 yards (11.6 avg) and five touchdowns... Rushed 16 times for 39 yards (2.4 avg)...Recorded one solo tackle and scored 54 points.
Started nine of twelve games at split end, coming off the bench vs. Arkansas, Utah and Idaho...Led the team with 36 receptions for 582 yards (16.2 avg) and five touchdowns... Rushed six times for 35 yards (5.8 avg) and returned 14 punts for 74 yards (5.3 avg)... Returned 31 kickoffs for 641 yards (20.7 avg) and recorded two solo tackles in the Fresno State clash...Gained 1,332 all-purpose yards, an average of 111.0 yards per game...Saw action in 577 plays, the most of any offensive player.
Started nine of eleven games at flanker, coming off the bench vs. Idaho and Hawaii...Was the team's second-leading receiver with 43 catches for 661 yards (15.4 avg) and eight touchdowns...Rushed 13 times for 91 yards (7.0 avg) and a score...Returned 27 punts for 270 yards (10.0 avg) and a touchdown...Added 498 yards on 23 kickoff returns (21.7 avg) and posted a solo tackle...Scored 60 points and amassed 1,520 all-purpose yards, an average of 138.2 yards per game (second in the WAC)...Named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week vs. San Jose State.
Freshman All-American first-team choice as a kickoff return specialist by the Football Writers Association, adding second-team honors from The Sporting News...First team-All-Sun Belt Conference offensive pick, adding second-team honors as an all-purpose back... Ranked second in the country with 17 punt returns for 382 yards (22.5 avg) and a pair of touchdowns...The team MVP started three of eleven games at flanker, but still managed to lead the team with 44 receptions for 602 yards (13.7 avg) and three touchdowns...Returned 13 kickoffs for 326 yards (25.1 avg) and a score...Recorded four tackles (3 solos) and caused a fumble...Registered 1,310 all-purpose yards, an average of 119.1 yards per game.
Made his college debut with five catches for 58 yards and a 35-yard score vs. Alabama, becoming the first USU freshman to start a season opener since 1993...Made five catches for 106 yards and a touchdown vs. Idaho and had seven receptions for 70 yards, adding a 21-yard punt return and three kickoff rerturns for 50 yards vs. Utah...Gained 50 yards on two kickoff returns and 132 yards on four punt returns, including a 91-yard touchdown vs. Troy...Followed with a 71-yard punt return for a score vs. North Texas...Snatched four passes for 85 yards vs. Clemson and totaled 63 yards on seven grabs, along with a 21-yard punt return and two kickoff returns for 39 yards vs. Middle Tennessee State... Returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown vs. Louisiana-Monroe and had five receptions for 116 yards and a score vs. Arkansas State.
2000: Underwent surgery in September to remove his left testicle.
2001: Suffered a torn meniscus in his knee during his high school sophomore year.
Campus: 4.65 in the 40-yard dash...32.5-inch vertical jump...9'10" long jump...4.47 20-yard shuttle... 6.81 three-cone drill...31 3/8-inch arm length...9 3/8-inch hands.
Combine: 4.69 in the 40-yard dash...1.61 10-yard dash...2.72 20-yard dash...4.77 20-yard shuttle...11.94 60-yard shuttle...7.31 three-cone drill...27.5-vertical jump...9'7" broad jump.
Attended Hoover (Fresno, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Pat Plummer...Two-time first-team All-League selection as a defensive back...All-Valley pick as a senior and was an honorable mention All-League pick as a sophomore...Recorded four interceptions as a senior...As a wide receiver, he had 69 catches for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns...Competed in basketball and track and reached the state finals in the triple jump.
Sociology of Sports major, with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies...Brother, John Rushing, was a former defensive back at Washington State (1991-95) and took over as Utah State's secondary coach in 2003, recruiting Robinson to play at the university...Son of Marci and Bruce Robinson...Nicknamed "K-Rob"...Born 12/19/84 in Fresno, California.
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