Shannon still impressed by Robinson (Football)

August 5, 2010
Kylan Robinson

Randy Shannon will be the first to say it.

The no-nonsense head coach for the University of Miami football team never imagined Anchorage’s Kylan Robinson would make it to this far.

After getting buried on the depth chart for his first four seasons on campus, Robinson has emerged as the starting middle linebacker.

Much to the surprise of his coach.

“He’s matured a lot,” Shannon told the Miami Herald. “I didn’t think personally he’d be where he’s at, but he showed the defensive staff he is. He did an unbelievable job this spring.”

Robinson, of East High fame, stands 6-foot-1, 235 pounds these days.

He’s rugged enough to stop the run and quick enough to drop back into pass coverage.

He was an all-state defensive player at East High before moving to Florida, where he moved to running back and blew up, paving his way to Coral Gables.

There, he began his career in the backfield before switching to defense.

He has four career tackles, all on special teams.

“I think the toughest time for me was last year, the last two or three games I wasn’t really played that much, even on special teams,” Robinson told the newspaper.

A conversation with an assistant coach changed everything.

“He explained to me that I have to get better,” Robinson said. “I wasn’t consistent enough. Didn’t know what I was doing here and there.”

Things are different now, and his teammates have noticed.

“It’s like he realized it was his last season, and he wanted to play,” said outside linebacker Colin McCarthy.

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