Chris Maurice takes a look at the improvement of wide receiver Demarcus Robinson as he prepares for his Junior season with the Florida Gators.
Jan 3, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; Florida Gators wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) carries the ball against the East Carolina Pirates during the 2015 Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field. (Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)
(C+P) — For the second offseason in a row, the Florida Gators didn’t make a huge splash. The team landed some big name recruits; however, overall it wasn’t enough to drastically improve the roster.
Last season, the defense had to carry the team through a lot of difficult situations because of the lack of talent on the offense—the emergence of Florida wide receiver Demarcus Robinson plans to change that.
Robinson was a diamond in the rough for the Gators offense in 2014 as a sophomore, finishing the season with more than 800 receiving yards and seven touchdowns and establishing himself as one of the team’s most reliable players.
The most important thing Robinson brings to this Florida team is a big play threat that Gainesville hasn’t had since Percy Harvin was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings back in 2009. His 70-yard score against Eastern Michigan is a perfect example: Robinson didn’t just beat his own man; he also broke out of another defender’s tackle on his way to the end zone.
The 6’2 speedster really broke into the hearts of Florida fans when he came down with 15 receptions against the Kentucky Wildcats for 216 yards and two touchdowns; however, Robinson will be looking to become a household name in 2015 in the Gators’ new-look offensive scheme.
The big plays weren’t really a surprise to anyone that knew Robinson—in fact, he’s been burning secondaries since his days at Peach County High School where he totaled more than 1,000 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns during his senior season. Fortunately for Florida, All-American Bowl participant and high school basketball player grew up a Gators fan; and convincing him to play for his favorite team wasn’t too difficult even with Clemson and South Carolina heavily recruiting the young man.
Demarcus Robinson certainly put in the work as well during spring, looking much stronger and faster in the Orange and Blue Spring Football game. More work this summer just may be enough to take Robinson from another collegiate athlete to a legitimate pro prospect.