With the departure of Myron Rolle
and Tony Carter
this season, the Florida State
secondary was in dyer need of someone to step up and lead the group. The player the coaches would look to was obvious.
has been a starter at Florida State for two seasons, and when healthy is one of the most feared cornerbacks in the ACC. The senior took the field this spring and looked like a man on a mission. His dominant play was good enough to earn him the honors of Florida State's most dominant player this spring.
Robinson is a player that some thought might have bit on the temptation to test the waters of the NFL draft and leave school early. Although he likely would have impressed some teams with combine results and impressive film from his sophomore season, the Miami
native decided to return for his senior season.
"By coming back, I knew I could work hard and become a better play and a better prospect for the NFL," Robinson said. "I didn't think I was tough enough as a player in general to leave school early, so I knew it would only hurt me to leave early."
Now that he is back, Robinson has made his goals clear. Lead the secondary, produce on the field and everything else will take care of itself.
"I need to stay focused so I can make sure I'm out there setting an example for the younger guys first and foremost," Robinson said. "If I'm out there working hard trying to lead them, then I have no choice but to grow as a player myself."
Although Robinson had one of the best spring's of any FSU corner in recent history, the secondary as a whole disappointed for the majority of March.
"We still have a ways to go," Robinson said. "I don't think the secondary as a whole performed to the level that Coach Andrews would like us to, and I don't think any of us accept the overall play of the secondary as a group from the spring."
In just over four months, Florida State will be forced to prove that they have grown as a team, and Robinson is determined to make sure his unit is ready for the Labor Day showdown against archrival Miami.
"We still have all of summer and fall before we play them," Robinson said. "I'm going to put it on me to make sure this group is ready for it."
During the course of spring football, there was no question who the best player on the field was when the first teams were battling out on the gridiron. Head Coach Bobby Bowden called senior cornerback Patrick Robinson's performance ‘big-league', and for good reason. The Miami native is looking for a big season in 2009.
Patrick Robinson is set for a huge senior season.