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Auburn notebook: Jovon Robinson impresses early
Dec. 16, 2014

Jovon Robinson starting fast at Auburn's bowl practice

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Running back Jovon Robinson has hit the field running for Auburn. This season's No. 1-rated junior college player, who arrived over the weekend, has been getting work in bowl practice. 
He won't play in the Outback Bowl, but that doesn't mean he can't impress.

"The guys that come in mid-year are big for us because they get the whole spring," said offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee after Tuesday's practice. "He’s going to get an extra eight practices or so and I think that’s good. It gets him acclimated and gets him around our guys more than anything. We know and think that he's got a lot of upside. It’' huge. He gets a head start learning the terminology and learning the system and actually going and doing it before we get to March."

"He scored a touchdown yesterday, but he got robbed. The defensive GA on the sideline said he stepped out at the 2. We didn’t have instant replay until we got back in, but he was in. He did some real good things today, too."
Players who didn't play, or didn't play much, have gotten extra work in the first two days of work for the Outback Bowl against Wisconsin on Jan. 1.

Lashlee mentioned redshirt freshman receiver Myron Burton, redshirt freshman H-back Kamryn Pettway and redshirt freshman quarterback Sean White. He also said more time will open up for the likes of Dominic Walker and Tony Stevens.

To wit:

"Myron Burton did some really good things," Lashlee said. "Tony Stevens has stepped up and made some plays the last two days. I know he plays now, but still I have noticed a little bit of urgency out of him. 

"Of course, Sean White gets more reps this these couple of days, which is good. He's done really well. Up front we'll continue to develop our second line of guys. I tell you, after only a couple of days, Kamryn Pettway is someone we are kind of experimenting a little bit playing some H-back. He can still be a big back. I have really been impressed by the way he’s transitioned two days in. What that means I don’t know. He’s still learning what to do, but he’s done a really good job. He's real physical. I think he really enjoys it and he’s been pretty impressive just initially his first two days."


Lashlee said Auburn's second bowl practice was "really good" Tuesday.

"We're letting the younger guys play a lot, it's really good, really good for their development," Lashlee said. 

."We’ve taken these first couple of days and really worked more of getting back into football shape and the fundamentals of throwing, catching and blocking, getting all that rust knocked off and trying to get back into that playing form." 

• Lashlee said he had never met new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp until he arrived on campus Saturday. His first impressions?

"Obviously, he knows what he's doing," Lashlee said. "You can tell by the way he's putting things together already. He's a very seasoned veteran. Great energy, I think our kids are already hanging on the edge of everything he says, and they're very excited. Of course, we're in a weird transition, we're getting ready for a bowl and all that, but still, it's been really good, and I think he's going to be really excellent."

• Receiver Sammie Coates announced Monday he's turning pro after the bowl game. Lashlee said receiver Duke Williams hasn't decided what he'll do.

"Sammie was a little further along in that. He was 100 percent, and, of course, Sammie graduated. That had a lot to do with it," Lashlee said.

Lashlee said he advises players on a case-by-case basis. He said offensive lineman Greg Robinson and running back Tre Mason were ready to jump to the NFL last year.

"As a coach, if a young man is going to be a first or second-round pick, specifically for-sure a first, and he's eligible, it's not crazy for him not to go," Lashlee said. "As much as we'd hate to lose him and sometimes that's tough because if you didn't plan for it in recruiting, but that's what's best for him. It's good for our program. When we have young men being recognized for leaving early in back to back years already, and hopefully the guys that leave this year will get early draft status, too, it's a positive."

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