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Momentum is on Jovon Robinson's side this Auburn spring
March 27, 2016

Auburn's Jovon Robinson came through in the Birmingham Bowl with MVP honors
Auburn's Jovon Robinson came through in the Birmingham Bowl with MVP honors

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. ― Ben Tate, Michael Dyer, Cam Newton, Tre Mason, Nick Marshall, Cameron Artis-Payne, Peyton Barber. Those seven Auburn football players combined to rush for more than a 1,000 yards nine times over the last seven years.

Jovon Robinson wants to be the next to join the club.

The senior running back, who led Auburn in rushing the last half of last season, says things are going well in spring practice as he and Roc Thomas share the meaningful carries.

"I have high goals and high expectations for myself. I want to be the next 1,000-yard rusher. I like that title," Robinson said after Saturday's scrimmage. "I'm definitely looking forward to starting off the season right, playing Clemson, starting off the season on a high note."

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Robinson came into last season with hype, played in the first two games, was injured, went back to the playbook and didn't really resurface until the eighth game of the season. Barber, meanwhile, stepped up and rushed for more than a 1,000 yards, becoming the 19th Auburn player to reach the milestone.

But Robinson finished strong, rushing for 619 of his 645 yards in those last six games, winning MVP honors at the Birmingham Bowl along the way.

"It gave me tremendous, tremendous momentum," Robinson said. "I feel like last year, I was ready. I was ready for the moment. But this year, I'm more prepared."

"I feel like a bunch of the questions about me, about my play. I have answered to a certain extent," he said. "I’ve still got bundles of energy. I’ve got a good team."

Robinson was asked if the offense scored in Saturday's scrimmage.

"Of course, of course. That's our job. That's what we do," he said. "We got in the end zone a lot. I managed to get in the end zone. Going through this offense, we know success is not given, it’s earned. But we earned a lot of points."

Robinson scored on a short run, quarterback John Franklin III had a long run and Jeremy Johnson threw a long touchdown pass to Thomas.

"Everybody was having fun. Everybody was moving fast. I feel like we had a pretty good day," Robinson said.

Robinson said "most of the things that I was trying to work on last year, I feel like I have, I guess, accomplished. I have to put it on the field, put it on the film."

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said before the scrimmage that the running back competition was one of the best in spring camp.

"You look at a guy like Roc, who earned the starting job before the season started and got nicked up so it was kind of an up and down season for him. How does he make it through spring and these scrimmage-type situations coming up? You look at Jovon and he finished the season up well in a lot of areas, but he hasn’t carried the load for 14-15 games, which you have to do to get where you want to go in our league."

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


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