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120 Players To Know - SMU WR Aldrick Robinson
SMU WR Aldrick Robinson
SMU WR Aldrick Robinson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 25, 2009


Who are the players you need to know about? Maybe they've been under the radar, or maybe they're the future NFL stars who'll be a really big deal next April. Get to know the stars of 2009 as CFN profiles 120 Players You Need To Know over 120 days (one for each team) continuing with SMU WR Aldrick Robinson.

120 Players You Need To Know

SMU WR Aldrick Robinson


By Richard Cirminiello

Who is Aldrick Robinson? … Coming out of Waxahachie (Tex.) High School, Robinson elected to play for SMU, rejecting a chance to play in the Big 12. An improbable choice? How about a prescient one? Sure, Robinson couldn’t have known that June Jones would be the Mustang head coach two years after he signed with Phil Bennett’s staff, but it sure has benefited both sides. After getting his feet wet as a true freshman, he erupted into one of Conference USA’s budding superstars, catching 59 passes for 1,047 yards and 11 touchdowns. And that was with a rookie battery mate, Bo Levi Mitchell, who often missed him in the open field. Jones is convinced he inherited a raw gem of an athlete, who’ll take his game to the NFL following the 2010 season. The coach gushes about his junior’s speed, quick first step, and almost limitless upside potential. When Robinson does make it to the next level, he’ll owe Jones a debt of gratitude for making it there. Strike that. The two will be even if Robinson can help end a quarter-century bowl drought before departing.    

Robinson’s best game so far was … last Oct. 4 year at UCF. The Knights arguably had the most experienced and talented secondary in Conference USA a year ago. Of course, you’d have a hard time convincing Robinson, who toyed with CB Joe Burnett and Co. for 210 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 10 receptions.   

Why you should care about Robinson? … Mustang head coach June Jones describes Robinson as one of the fastest players he’s ever coached and a future first-day NFL Draft choice. Yup, that’s the same Jones that had Andre Rison and Terrance Mathis in Atlanta, and Davone Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullen at Hawaii. His best football is clearly ahead of him, especially in a system that pretty much guarantees monster numbers over the next two seasons in Dallas.

Positives about Robinson … He has the track speed of a legitimate home run hitter, and his burst in the first 10 yards is off-the-charts explosive. A naturally fluid athlete with a good bounce in his step, he averaged almost 20 yards a reception last season. He doesn’t need to be running a fly pattern to deliver a big play, often taking short hitches and gobbling up substantial yards after the catch.

Negatives about Robinson … More than anything else, Robinson needs to improve his concentration, while working on playing at the highest level on every down. He’s prone to lapses at times and can still sharpen his route-running and overall ball skills. At only 5-10 and 175 pounds, he won’t out muscle many defenders for the ball.

A cool thing about Robinson you probably didn’t know … Around family, Aldrick is nicknamed Alcow for an incident at his uncle’s farm involving a hard-charging bovine that forced a young Robinson to use every ounce of his blazing speed to get away.

Career Statistics
2007: 10 receptions for 166 yards
2008: 59 receptions for 1,047 yards and 11 touchdowns

Statistics, information and photo provided by the SMU sports information department