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Journey fulfilled: Jovon Robinson is ready at Auburn
Feb. 4, 2015

Jovon Robinson arrives at Auburn with plenty of high school and junior college stats

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- People think Jovon Robinson has got it. How could they not? A brief encounter shows off his outgoing personality and his confidence.

Oh, his stats talk a good game, too.

The Auburn running back enrollee is working out with an eye on getting a jump on spring practice as he looks to live up to his billing as the No. 1 junior college running back in the nation. He lit up Memphis high school football before that.

Auburn liked him so much that it signed him in December, just like it did in 2012 when Robinson made a brief practice appearance before heading off to junior college.

"It's just like any other journey. You set your sights, you set your goals, and try to achieve them," Robinson said.  All in all, I've been blessed to have a journey fulfilled. I'm glad to be the person to fulfill my prophecy. Other than that, I'm just sticking to the script, doing what I've got to do, and doing what I love to do."

Robinson rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns while being named the junior college player of the year in 2013. His two-year junior college numbers at Georgia Military College: 3,198 yards and 43 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,069 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior at Wooddale High in Memphis.

Now, he'll be in the mix to replace SEC-leading rusher Cameron Artis-Payne.

"I stick to myself, being truthful to yourself and knowing what you're capable of doing," Robinson said. "But the coaches know what I'm capable of doing. I wouldn't be here if they didn't. I was No. 1 in JUCO, and that follows you. But coming out of high school I felt like I was the best person to count on, whether I was the best person to start at running back or be behind somebody. Regardless, I've always had that type of confidence. I've just carried that over to the field and classrooms, and interviews, and taking pictures. And meeting people."

True enough. Robinson knew just what to do, just when to smile, just how to hold the football for an Auburn photo shoot. Chatting about things? No problem.

"Coming in early is tremendous, to have the coaches pushing me and motivating me," Robinson said. "And just trying to find the camaraderie with my teammates early that will carry over to the season. As soon as we get on the same page, the sky is the limit. 

"I'm approaching it like any other opportunity, not trying to add any extra pressure on me. Just being comfortable in my environment. I know how people are, 'He's going to be a 1,000-yard back? A 2,000-yard back. We don't know.' I don't care about that. I just have to do what I have to do. If I do have a good season, so be it. If I rush for 2,800 yards, so be it. If I rush for 1,800 yards, so be it. If I rush for a 1,000, so be it. I just don't want to add any extra pressure."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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