He checks in at 6’4” 215lbs, and is a menacing figure to look at on the field. It’s not uncommon for him to tower above opposing defenders by two to three inches, if not more, and he is in the process of learning how to utilize that height to his advantage. The son of NBA legend David Robinson, Corey Robinson is looking to carve his own path, but do so in an entirely different sport.
The young man from Texas has been a fan favorite since showing up in South Bend, and his father sitting on the sidelines every game hasn’t hurt his reception with the Irish fan base either. Now it’s time though for him to become Corey Robinson, Notre Dame wide receiver, not just Corey Robinson, son of David Robinson.
In his freshmen year, Robinson played in all 13 games for Notre Dame, and grabbed 9 catches for 157 yards in the process. At times he looked awkward and unsure of himself, but one could see the talent and the ability that Notre Dame coaches Mike Denbrock and Kerry Cooks saw, when they initially started recruiting him. The 6’4” wide out wasn’t a highly sought after recruit, in fact Robinson had only seven offers, and the Notre Dame offer was by far the most prestigious. Robinson was rated for most of his recruitment as a three-star wide receiver, but that didn’t dissuade the Irish from making him a priority early on.
Going into his sophomore year, there was an excitement or buzz about what Corey could potentially bring to the table, and that was only enhanced by the 6-0 start to the 2014 season. While many expected a true breakout season last year, maybe unfairly, the numbers were nice, but not at the level that many were hoping for, or expected.
When it was time to step up though, he did just that tallying 8 catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns, against Florida State on the ABC Saturday night game – numbers that should have included another catch and another touchdown had it not been for that fateful, unquestionable call.
We would also see him put up similar number against Syracuse earlier in the year. One also has to factor into the equation, the struggles behind center for the Notre Dame offense. How much did the regression of starting quarterback Everett Golson effect him in the second half of the season? We truly may never know, but it didn’t seem to have a tremendous impact on teammate Will Fuller, who put up strong numbers during the same exact period.
Having 40 catches for 539 yards, and five touchdowns in your sophomore season is nothing to ashamed of, and is a strong foundation to build on, that’s a given. If the Irish can get the quarterback situation solidified, and bring stability back to the offensive side the ball, it bodes well for Robinson. Also, having Will Fuller, a healthy Tori Hunter, Chris Brown, and adding Justin Brent into the mix, the Irish could be potent when it comes to catching the ball. Robinson should greatly benefit from that.
Not only is it no secret that Brian Kelly would like to get Corey Robinson more involved in the offense, he has publicly come out and said just that. As the 2015 season approaches it would seem how much Robinson is involved in the Irish offense will be up to him. As he enters his junior season, the staff and fans alike, are hoping for him not necessarily to transform his game, but rather have it evolve. Primarily thought of now as simply a red-zone threat because his size, the young wide receiver needs to understand how to become an every down threat. There is no denying Robinson’s talent, demeanor, lineage, and intelligence. Blend that all together and you come up with exactly what Brian Kelly is looking for, a potential All-American candidate who can take over a game when needed.