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Countdown to UVA Football: #13 Myles Robinson

Sophomore DB turned down big-time offers to come to UVA. That choice should pay off with major playing time the next three years

Position: CB
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 190
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Olney, Md
Twitter: @_UVa13

Over the course of his tenure, there were some mind numbingly dumb redshirt decisions made by that coaching staff. A few examples of this include Trent Corney, LaChaston Smith, and Connor Wingo-Reeves. Al Groh and his staff made several similarly dumb mistakes. Were these honest mistakes, in which a player was inserted accidentally into a game? Or was this a last ditch effort to save a coach’s job? We don’t know.

Myles Robinson played a handful of plays on special teams last year in the Hoos blowout loss to Boise State. That was his only playing time. He’s expected to be on the 2-deep at CB this year as a true sophomore. Nothing Mike London (or anybody else) could say would convince me that those few plays were the difference in getting him onto the 2-deep this year. And they certainly weren't worth a year of his career.

Robinson was a consensus 3-star recruit out of Good Counsel HS, though it was up for debate whether he’d be better at WR or DB. Robinson had offers from Michigan State, Ohio State and West Virginia, among others. Most of those schools saw him as a likely WR. Being deeper at WR than DB (and being run by a defense-minded head coach) the Hoos saw him as a DB.

Here is Robinson’s junior year highlight video. Unfortunately, there is only 1 play shown with Robinson on defense. There’s also a couple of punt returns and one kick coverage play shown.

Even though the highlight reel doesn’t show Robinson playing defense, it shows how he’s a physical player. He always turns back into the field of play in order to pick up extra yards. He is also a good blocker, and is willing to throw his body into the play to help out his teammates. They also show an elusive runner who could possibly be used as a kick returner.

These skills highlight Robinson’s ability on defense. His elusiveness comes from quick feet and quick hips, which are skills that translate to man coverage. His physicality will help him tackle bigger WRs and RBs. He also shows good hands, which will help him come down with an INT if he gets a chance.

Robinson has already added quite a bit of size since arriving on grounds. That makes him a better CB prospect than he initially was. Robinson has been working with the second string defense so far in training camp and looks very likely to be on the initial 2-deep at CB. Although right now, it looks like he would need something to change for him to be on the field on defense, he will likely be involved on special teams.

With a lot of underclassmen at CB, Robinson may not end up in the starting lineup until 2018. Wouldn’t it be nice if he still had a year of eligibility remaining after that?