Fearless Attitude Earns Robinson a Bigger Role For Mountaineers
With WVU’s struggles at cornerback, true freshman Kenny Robinson has earned a chance to flourish at a new position.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–When the West Virginia University cornerbacks were struggling, the Mountaineers turned to true freshman Kenny Robinson for assistance.
Against East Carolina, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound safety turned corner made his debut and a week later earned his first start when WVU faced Delaware State.
“He’s doing really well,” cornerbacks coach Doug Belk said. “He’s fearless, plays hard, competitive, obviously has to learn the position and get better but he did a really good job when he got an opportunity.”
On Saturday, Robinson had six solo tackles, including one tackle for loss.
Now, the Imani Christian High School alum is listed as No.1 on the depth chart at the cornerback position heading into Saturday’s matchup against Kansas.
“He is ready for the challenge,” Belk said. “This will be a good test for him. He got in the East Carolina game, he got in the Delaware State game, but these guys present a different challenge for him with different skill sets with quick guys, fast guys and they have guys with experience. This will be his third game playing at the position and it will be a good test for him.”
The decision to move Robinson to cornerback wasn’t a difficult one for the WVU defensive staff to make due to the freshman’s flair.
“We had been talking about it,” Belk said. “We felt like he was one of our better players behind some of the starters and wanted to shuffle him around, try and see if he was one of our best 11 guys. We started him last week and he did good. We’re eventually going to keep trying to continue to develop him to get him better, whether it’s at corner or safety.”
Even though the Wilkinsburg, Pa. native is making an impact, he has room for improvement and still needs to sharpen his technique and basic fundamentals.
“He hasn’t had much time with me because he played safety from the time he’s got here up until now so just some small detail things,” Belk said. “After the ball snaps he plays hard and plays like you would want him to. We just got to continue to develop him.”
But Robinson’s attitude will likely earn him a lot of success on the field over the next four years.
“There is some element to being a football player, whether it is the competitive spirit or athleticism, which is a good combination,” Belk added. “He is still young, still has a lot to work on, but obviously he is always up for the challenge.”
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