SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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81. Rashard Robinson, Soph., CB, LSU
When you can lock down one of college football’s elite receivers as a wide-eyed true freshman, you’ve earned respect in the SEC. That’s just what Robinson did last season in November when he frustrated Texas A&M’s Mike Evans — Tampa Bay’s 7th overall pick — into a pedestrian three-catch, 13-yard performance when he covered the Biletnikoff finalist. Robinson’s wiry frame was a problem for Evans who routinely ravaged other SEC defensive backs with his size and leaping ability.
Issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse caused him to miss all of LSU’s preseason camp so Robinson was literally tossed into the fire at the start of the season. Defensive coordinator John Chavis couldn’t argue with the results however and by season’s end, Robinson was one of LSU’s rising stars in the secondary. The exit of Craig Loston pushes Jalen Mills to safety, locking in Robinson’s starting spot next to fellow sophomore Tre’Davious White.
With a better understanding of LSU’s 4-3 base and additional instruction from defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, Robinson can help push the Tigers back into the SEC championship race this fall.
2013 statistics: 16 tackles, INT, 3 PBU, 4 PD
2014 projection: 32 tackles, 2 INT, 6 PD
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