Being a Dade County native, it would be expected that Patrick Robinson would be wearing green and orange in his collegiate career. That was never really a possibility to him however. A few days before National Signing Day, Robinson announced that he would be a Florida Gator. Shortly after, he changed his mind and decided to follow his heart to Tallahassee. "Miami was in the mix early on, and then I just decided to go with either Florida State or Florida. I just chose Florida State… I've always been a fan of Florida State growing up, my whole life pretty much. I mean that made the difference."
Last Thursday in Winston Salem, Robinson made his first start of the season at cornerback. He is still uncertain if he will be starting again this week when Miami comes to town. "I don't know if I'm gonna start but I'm rotating with the first team pretty much."
Last season in the annual rivalry, Robinson didn't see much of the field. He is expecting to see a lot more action this time around. "It's a totally different mentality because last year, I kind of expected not to play really. But this year I'm playing and I'm expected to make plays, so it's a totally different mentality. I've got to focus a lot more."
In preparation for the most crucial game on the schedule so far this season, Patrick Robinson says this week has been just a little different. "It's going alright. My practice hasn't been like ever other week, but it's been going okay" Robinson said, "I'm pretty excited. It's a big game. Miami vs. Florida State is a big game every year. This whole week I haven't been talking to anybody. Just trying to focus on their game plan and our game plan."
Robinson will be lining up against a few familiar faces this Saturday. "I do (know a lot of their team). There's a couple I play the Florida-Cali game with. There's a lot of guys I know."
Although Robinson always has been a ‘Nole at heart and is one now, he still remembers where he came from. On his left arm is a tattoo that reads "Miami". "I got that in the spring time I think. I'm just representing my home town." Robinson has been emerging as one of the top playmakers on the FSU defense the past few games. He recorded interceptions against both North Carolina State and Wake Forrest.
Robinson's only game against the ‘Canes' in last year's Labor Day win 13-10 at the Orange Bowl. It will be the first time he plays Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium.