Tailback Jovon Robinson is looking for playing time at Auburn
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jovon Robinson has a shot to be the starting running back at Auburn, but, in the bigger picture, he can see success all around.
"I feel like everybody has a shot, everybody has a time, everybody has an opportunity," he says. "I want the best for me, obviously, but I feel like it's a team effort. It's Auburn's shot."
The junior college player of the year, and with plenty of yards to back it up, is in a running back competition with Roc Thomas and Peyton Barber this spring practice. Last seen, Robinson was scoring a touchdown in Saturday's 60-play scrimmage. But the other two running backs did, too.
Auburn has had the leading rusher in the SEC the last two years. Two different guys, too. Why not a third for Gus Malzahn?
"It's definitely a process, but it's a process for the whole offense," Robinson said. "Obviously, my position in Malzahn's offense, success is imminent. But I feel like if you don't put forth the work, you don't get the results."
They'll get more chances in Auburn's next scrimmage. That's the A-Day game next Saturday.
Robinson says he's lost about five pounds, but he's still a handful at 6-foot, 235. That's physically. Mentally, he says he's trying to soak it all in.
"I feel like my spring now has been probably the best spring I've ever had in my life because the material I've been introduced to. I feel so focused on it and it's like no other type of focus I've had. I just feel like this spring is escalating with everyone on the team."
This is the second time around for Robinson and Auburn. He practiced for a short time with the Tigers in the fall of 2012 before the NCAA said he wasn't qualified. He returned in December, got in a few practices before the bowl game, and prepared to make an impression this spring.
"Anywhere I'm at I feel like I make myself comfortable. I'm not like a person that's picky about where I'm at or who I'm around," Robinson said. "I feel like it's an environment and I need to do everything in my power to make it my environment. Auburn is a great place."
With a playbook that produces big yards.
"It's not complicated at all. It's more engaging," said the personable Robinson. "You're more engaged because you're actually with people that's above your status and rank. It's more of just blending in and finding your way to stick out. For me, though, I'm just kind of doing what I have to do. You know, running backs in the SEC obviously get a lot of praise and a lot of opportunity. I'm just trying to take advantage."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine