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Georgia football Next Generation: Early enrollee Roderick Robinson ready to add to ‘RBU’ tradition

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edited May 2023 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia football Next Generation: Early enrollee Roderick Robinson ready to add to ‘RBU’ tradition

This is the seventh installment of a DawgNation series featuring the “Next Generation” of Georgia football players from the 2023 class. 4-star Roderick Robinson II was rated as the nation’s No. 14 RB and the No. 191 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite. On3 had him as the No. 10 RB and No. 151 nationally on its Industry Ranking scale.

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    GtheGreekGtheGreek Posts: 1,008 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I'm thinking we have the makings of a future Captain.....my crystal ball also reveals many "hit and runs" ala Hershel/Bates!

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    NorthHallDawgNorthHallDawg Posts: 90 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Sounds like a wrecking ball; looking forward to watching this guy steamroll opposing defenses... Can you imagine what he can do late in the game with the opposing defense already winded and spent? Paul, Robinson I and Robinson II are gonna be HELL on defenses...

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    reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,685 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    SEC backs beware! He doesn't have HErschel's top end speed but he's bigger and cuts better.

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    PerroGrandePerroGrande Posts: 6,154 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    UGA should have the most powerful backfield in CFB in '23. Milton and R. Robinson are two very big bruisers. B. Robinson and A. Paul are both powerful RB's, too. Edwards is the only back that is more shifty and less of a Mac truck. I hope BR and AP deliver more speed, but regardless we are going to be tough to tackle in less than 5 yards.

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    thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
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    You mean "restart the RB tradition" as outside a few years - the Knowshon Moreno era, the Todd Gurley one and the Chubb/Michel/Swift one - UGA hasn't had a rushing attack that gave defenses pause. Evidence of this is that save James Cook those are the only ones to have been taken higher than the 4th round of the NFL draft, and Cook got into the 2nd round by running a 4.42 at the combine. UGA stopped prioritizing RBs in the offense during the Eric Zeier era under Ray Goff. Since Goff did this no UGA coach - not Jim Donnan, Mark Richt or Kirby Smart - has emphasized an offense where the starting RB either gets 80 yards a game at 6 yards per carry or 110 yards a game at 5.5 yards a carry since. To be fair no one - not even the other historic tailback Us like USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Penn State, Auburn, Florida and Miami - are doing that these days because of the emphasis on the spread passing game. These days the QB is now often the most important runner on the team. They (usually) won't lead the team in rushing yards because RBs get carries on routine plays and to run out the clock. But the really important 3rd and 4th down conversions and in the red zone? More often than not a QB draw, bootleg or sneak.


    Herschel Walker was a 225 pound tailback in an era when A. most college LBs were 200-210 lbs and even most college linemen were 250-270 pounds and B. the I-formation era when most big backs i.e. Eric Dickerson, Brent Fullwood, John Riggins, Jerome Bettis, Earl Campbell lined up at fullback. Being a 240 lb tailback in an era where 250+ pound linebackers and 350+ pound linemen are routine is entirely different.

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    CandlerParkCandlerPark Posts: 724 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I thought last year's RB named Robinson was a Mac truck. So what does that make this year's RB named Robinson.

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    reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,685 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @thadec "Being a 240 lb tailback in an era where 250+ pound linebackers and 350+ pound linemen are routine is entirely different.

    Different than what exactly? All I stated was he's bigger than Herschel and cuts better. But he doesn't have Hercshel's top end speed. Are you denying that? Just statements of fact.

    Per KS " he's big and physical. Guys don’t like tackling him.” Do you deny that? Do you think big LB' s even by todays standard enjoy trying to take down someone roughly their own size with a full head of steam or would they rather take on a 5'11" guy at 200? How about a safety like Chris Smith at 6' and 190? or a DB at 6' 185? I never mentioned Linemen, that was you. Please explain exactly where I messed up instead of generalizing that I did.

    Clarify your statement, if you can.

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    1SICemDAWGS11SICemDAWGS1 Posts: 1,850 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited May 2023

    I guess you forget about D'Andre Swift, he had power and speed, defenses with 350lb DL and 230 LB's didn't stop him from making the NFL.. No different for a 240lb RB against defenses today than it was for 220lb RB 's against defenses back then. Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, 2 of the greatest RB's of all time, were no where near 220lbs but somehow managed to make the HOF. Size is almost irrelevant, especially when a RB has equal or greater talent than those defensive players. Defenses today would still have trouble stopping Barry Sanders or Walter Payton, even with bigger DL and LB's.

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