Quite possibly one of the best pictures I've ever seen. Note the excruciating look of agony on Hopkins's face. Also note the smug "You'll get 'em next time, champ" on Randolph's face. Robert Randolph consoles Florida State Seminoles kicker Dustin Hopkins after the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Hopkins missed a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game. Virginia won 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
With Final Exercises behind us, Streaking The Lawn is spotlighting a number of University of Virginia student-athletes whose senior seasons have come to an end and are the newest members of the Wahoo Alumni community, faced with entering the real world. Earlier, we touched base with Josie Owen (women's lacrosse). Here is today's spotlight.
Next up in our post-grad series comes Virginia football placekicker Robert Randolph, who graduated this past weekend with a cumulative 3.2 GPA, majoring in environmental science. During his senior season at Virginia, Randolph went 32-of-32 on PATs and 16-of-23 on field goal attempts, including a 48-yard bomb against William & Mary.
In catching up with Robert, he told me that he's continuing to train and hopes to kick professionally. Whether that's in the NFL or elsewhere remains to be seen. This summer, though, he is planning to return home to Naples, Florida, where he'll keep training.
During his career, Robert was named a semifinalist for both the Lou Groza Placekicker Award and the William V. Campbell Trophy Award (which recognizes the best football scholar-athlete in the nation).
Robert considers himself a Denver Broncos fan, but don't expect to see him playing at Mile High Stadium any time soon. When asked where he'd like to land, Robert told me, "I would like to play for any team where it's warm or indoors." Not exactly what I picture Denver winters to feel like.
I asked him if he had any advice to incoming first years. He simply said,"just do as many things as you can and get involved in as much as you can."
Then, like a true veteran, he added, "Try to network and meet as many people as possible."
What will Robert remember most about UVA?
"One of my best moments was beating Florida State last year or beating Georgia Tech and having the fans storm the field."
Those are near the top of my list too, when I look back at his career. But what about his fake field goal attempt that led to a touchdown and ESPNU's No. 5 trick play of the year for the 2010 season? Did you miss it? Fear not, for video technology has you covered:
Thanks, Robert, for taking the time out for us, congratulations on wearing the honors of Honor, and best of luck!