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Former Auburn Tiger Talks About Training UGA Football Running Back

March 30, 2024
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ATHENS - Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs have a secret weapon on the roster who could have a breakout sophomore season in 2024.

That would be running back, Roderick Robinson‍.

With Trevor Etienne’s game-one status up in the air, and with Branson Robinson coming off a season-ending injury last year, Robinson has a chance to see plenty of carries come his way early this fall for the Dawgs.

In fact, Robinson trained this winter with former Auburn Tigers running back Brad Lester, who also trained Daijun Edwards and Kendall Milton as they prepared for the NFL combine earlier this year.

Of course, Lester made sure to give Dawg Post a breakdown of how Robinson’s training went.

“The biggest thing we are working on is creating more open-field moves at the second level”, Lester told Dawg Post.  “He already has all the tools of a Derick Henry-type runner, but adding 3-4 moves that he is comfortable with in 1-on-1 situations will make him almost unstoppable vs. safeties.”

“The only guys I’ve worked with in the past with Rod’s size would be Najee Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Maybe Kendall Milton”, Lester said. “I didn’t get to work with Najee until the season before his senior season and haven’t worked with him since. Honestly, I can slightly tell a difference since he hasn’t. With Rod, our goal was to create habits of setting up defenders in the second half of games with open-field moves and then punish and bruise them for 2-3 quarters as they start to wear down.  That’s when they expose their flaws as true tacklers. As a running back, it’s important to read the defense to pick up tendencies and weaknesses as the game progresses.

“What makes him such a special back is the fact that he is just scratching the surface of how great he will be in the future”, Lester added. “Mentally, you can tell there isn’t much that gets to him. He’s a super humble person with athletic traits that are rare for running backs.”

Robinson did see the field last year as a freshman, playing in five games and carrying the ball 24 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns. At 6-foot-1 240-pounds, this San Diego native is a strong, powerful back who can run through tackles with ease. He picks up yards after first contact and knows how to keep the chains moving. He’s not the fastest back on the roster, but he’s a bruiser.

Look for Robinson to make a strong impact in the Bulldog offense this fall.


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