Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Receiver for UF Is Catching on; Others See Progress in Robinson's Overall Contributions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Receiver for UF Is Catching on; Others See Progress in Robinson's Overall Contributions

Article excerpt

Byline: Graham Hack

GAINESVILLE | Ever since Florida wide receiver Demarcus Robinson went off for 15 catches and 216 yards against Kentucky in the second game of the 2014 season, people have been waiting for him to emerge as an elite playmaker for the Gators.

But already a junior, he has continued to struggle with consistency, having stretches when he would lead the team in receiving only to come back the following week and be seemingly nonexistent.

But the later parts of this season have been different for Robinson.

While he has had his usual ups and downs in the receiving game, Robinson has been more involved, aware and active every time he's on the field, not just when his number is called to make a catch.

And on Saturday, after being benched in favor of receiver Chris Thompson - another junior with only five catches in his UF career - Robinson responded by coming off the bench and delivering his best performance of the season, tallying nine catches for 106 yards in an otherwise dismal day for Florida's offense.

No other receiver had more than one catch in the contest.

For coach Jim McElwain, the effort was a sign of Robinson's growth.

"I tell you, I think he's probably come farther than anyone on our football team," McElwain said. "He played his tail off in that game, and it showed. I guess the greatest thing is, he's seeing he can."

The biggest problems with Robinson's game stemmed from when he didn't have the ball in his hands. Running the right routes and executing them fully, along with making blocks for his teammates on screens or running plays, were all areas of concern.

But under the new coaching staff, the junior is learning how to be a more complete receiver.

"He has grown as a player and I think with him running his routes way better than he did last year, him being a better blocker," running back Kelvin Taylor said. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.