Matt Robinson, Senior (RS), Outside linebacker, #40
2010: 29 tackles, two fumbles forced
2011: 36 tackles, two tackles for a loss, two passes broken up (three games)
2012: 26 tackles, one interception, one tackle for a loss, one pass broken up, one fumble forced (five games)
2013: 73 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks, four passes broken up, one fumble forced
High School Stats (Senior Year): 75 tackles, four sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, one blocked punt, 39 catches for 792 yards and ten touchdowns
247sports composite Ratings: Three stars, 95th-best athlete in the nation, 32nd-best player in Maryland
Who Maryland beat: Old Dominion, UMass, James Madison, Fordham, Stony Brook
High School: Atholton (Md.)
Hometown: Columbia, Md.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Robinson wasn't heavily recruited by big-ticket schools. He picked up offers from Fordham, UMass, James Madison, Old Dominion, and Stony Brook. His commitment to Ralph Friedgen's Terps came in Summer 2009, as Robinson chose to follow in the footsteps of his high school coach at Atholton, former Maryland offensive lineman Kyle Schmitt.
It's important to note that Robinson was a versatile two-way guy in high school, playing a lot of linebacker, receiver and tight end--but not much at safety, where he wound up upon getting to Maryland before switching positions.
Profiling the entire team
Robinson's showed flashes of strong play over his time as a safety, but injuries significantly cut into his productivity. He played in all 13 games during his freshman year, 2010, and was one of the Terps' leading tacklers among non-starters and special teams players. His sophomore season was cut short by injury just three games in, though, effectively robbing him of a year of development and leading to a redshirt. He got on the field a bit more that season but still struggled with his health, so for two straight seasons had not had the optimal time to grow as a player.
How good was he last year?
Last season, Robinson made the switch down to linebacker at the SAM position -- a hybrid linebacker/defensive back spot -- and absolutely thrived. His absence was heavily felt against Virginia, when tight end Jake McGee torched the Terrapins, and expect him to play a similar major role this season defending opposing short passing games.
17 tackles against North Carolina State.
Robinson earns All-B1G honors, forcing three turnovers and recording 80+ tackles.
Matt Robinson will unquestionably be one of the key figures in Maryland's defense during their first year of the Big Ten, and will be a part of a linebacking unit with four senior starters. Robinson helps against the pass and the run, is by far the most versatile player in the unit and is set enough in his position that the Terps can likely move Alex Twine to the inside to help with the depth issues there.
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