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BOO ROBINSON Defensive Tackle Wake Forest Demon Deacons #96 6:02.0-295-5.02 Monroe, Louisiana Richwood High School
Robinson was on the checklist of many scouts who passed through Wake Forest to evaluate Aaron Curry and members of the Demon Deacons' playmaking secondary last season. He emerged as a junior to earn honorable mention All-ACC accolades with 47 tackles and six tackles for loss, including 5 sacks.
He has 26 career starts with 108 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks -- very similar numbers to the ones posted over the first three years by former Missouri defensive tackle Ziggy Hood (108 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks).
The 6-3, 300-pound Hood, went on to enjoy a big senior campaign (62-7-5) and was the Pittsburgh Steelers' choice as the final pick of the first round of the 2009 draft. Robinson has the talent and experience to enjoy a similar leap up draft boards this year.
Pass rush: Good initial quickness off the snap. Flashes the burst to slip through gaps and collapse the pocket from the inside. Active hands to slap away blockers' attempts to get into his jersey. Good balance to re-direct. Good closing speed when the ballcarrier is in his area.
Run defense: Good lateral agility to work down the line, keep square, and make the tackle in pursuit without giving up ground. Good pursuit laterally and downfield. Good anchor against one-on-one blocking, but isn't strong or stout enough to handle double-team blocks.
Explosion: Shows good initial burst off the snap, but lacks overall explosiveness. Only marginal strength at the point of attack and is a drag-down tackler with limited pop.
Strength: Good pad level and leg drive to anchor. Doesn't wow offensive linemen with his upper-body strength. Too often maintains an even stalemate at the line of scrimmage.
Tackling: Relatively good agility to break down in space and make the tackle against smaller, quicker athletes. Athletic enough to drop into coverage in this scheme as an occasional zone defender. Cerebral player. Keeps his head up and sniffs out screens and draw plays well. Not an explosive hitter, but can catch runners as they go by inside and shows some burst to close behind the line of scrimmage. Good effort in pursuit.
Intangibles: Part of an aggressive zone blitz defense that lost a great deal of talent to the NFL last year. Had some big-play opportunities fall into his lap as a result of the blitzing from the outside and ballcarriers running into his area. Given name is Shaunteryous, a combination of his parents' names (Shaun, Terry). Has had a problem with his weight getting out of control a bit in the past and has been as heavy as 340 pounds. Wake Forest coaches felt he played at his best in the 300-310 range.
NFL Comparison: John Thornton
Earned honorable mention All-ACC accolades at defensive tackle ... Tied for 10th in school history with 11.5 career sacks ... Had a sack in each of the final three games of the season ... Finished 11th in the ACC in sacks ... Started 12 of 13 games during the season ... Came off the bench against Ole Miss (Sept. 6) after missing considerable practice time while recuperating from a sprained ankle suffered in the season opener at Baylor ... Recorded a half-sack at Baylor (Aug. 28) ... Had six tackles and a pair of sacks vs. Navy (Sept. 27) ... Collected a career-best nine tackles against Duke (Nov. 1) ... Recorded his second career interception against Virginia (Nov. 8) ... Had six tackles and two sacks against Clemson (Oct. 9).
Starter on the defensive line in all 13 games . . . Finished the year with 26 tackles including 17 solos and nine assists . . . . . . Tied for third on the team with 3.0 sacks and fourth with 7.0 tackles for loss . . . Made a seasonhigh six tackles vs. Army (Sept. 15) . . . Collected sacks against Duke (Oct. 6), North Carolina (Oct. 27) and NC State (Nov. 17) . . . Forced a fumble against Navy (Oct. 20) and recovered a fumble against Maryland (Sept. 22).
Played in all 14 games and drew one starting assignment against Maryland... tied for second among defensive linement with 356 tackles... recorded 2.5 sacks... batted down one pass against Florida State and intercepted another against the Seminoles... had a season-high four tackles three times, against Connecticut, Ole Miss and in the FedEx Orange Bowl against Louisville... had sacks in the Duke, Ole Miss and Liberty games.
Redshirted the season as a true freshman.
Earned all-state honors in Class 3A... picked up All-Northeast Louisiana and all-district accolades... named first team All-District most valuable player... had 128 tackles as a senior with 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 26 tackles for loss and 39 quarterback hurries... helped lead Richwood to the state quarterfinals as a senior... named to the Academic All-State team... a 2004 Wendy's High School Heisman nominee... a three-year All-American scholar... member of the National Society of High School scholars... benches 370 and squats 515 pounds... a second team all-district selection in baseball and team most valuable player... a three-year starter at Richwood for coach Greg Williams.
Parents are Julia and Dwayne Robinson... born August 5, 1987... chose Wake Forest over offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, UL-Monroe and UL-Lafayette.