Running back Isaiah Robinson comes in to his second season as a Demon Deacon with some experience under his belt, and is now ready to contribute when called upon.
The 5-10, 215 LB running back out of Independence HS in Charlotte ran for 175 yards on 98 carries (1.8 YPC), but led the team with three rushing touchdowns on the season. He also caught 9 balls for 30 yards and a receiving touchdown.
A big part of the reason for the bad numbers was from plays called out of the shotgun, as well as the inconsistent play of the offensive line. Robinson figures to compete for the starting job, primarily against freshman Rocky Reid and RS sophomore Desmond "Dez" Wortham.
A lot of Robinson's role is obviously still up in the air since we haven't broken for fall camp yet (or for that matter even really gotten into the summer). In an ideal world, he has learned a lot about the offense n the offseason, and comes back ready to contribute, particularly in short yardage and goal line situations.
While Robinson isn't slow by any means, his value on the team will likely be to punch the ball in when we get in the red zone and be a bit of power back to Wortham and Reid. If he has worked on his blocking and lateral foot speed, he will also provide a lot of asset in the Power formations that Coach Clawson likes to run.
It depends on how Reid looks when he steps foot on campus, and the running back position will be one of the most fun to watch in my opinion, but there is definitely a lot of contribution that Robinson can make if the Deacs are going to be serviceable on offense this season.
I'm excited to see the freshman to sophomore jump, and believe that Robinson will be one of the surprises on offense this season.
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