“It’s a great confidence boost after not playing so well,” Robinson said. “That really got me back to where I wanted to be and what I knew I could do this season.”
Robinson said he is ready for his next big challenge, taking on one of the best receivers in college football.
No. 25 UCF (10-3) plays Georgia (6-6) in the Liberty Bowl.
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The Bulldogs’ star playmaking receiver is junior A.J. Green (6-4, 205), who is projected to be a Top 10 NFL draft pick if he leaves Georgia after the bowl game.
Green, who was named Georgia’s most valuable player, recorded 49 catches for 771 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 15.7 yards per catch and 96.4 yards per game.
He appeared in eight games this season, sitting out the first four of the year because he violated NCAA rules by selling one of his game jerseys to a sports agent for $1,000.
Georgia averaged about 24 points without Green and 39 points with him in the lineup.
“Some people have decided to try to get a plan for him that has caused some double teams on him but freed up some single coverage for other guys and even helped us out in the run game a little bit, so he’s been very valuable to us,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said.
Robinson (5-10, 197), who earned first team All-Conference USA honors but didn’t record as many interceptions as he would have liked this season, said he knows all about Green.
“They’re a great team,” Robinson said. “They like to get the ball deep. They like to get the ball to A.J. Everybody knows that.”
The opportunity to face players such as Green on a big stage is part of why Robinson came to UCF.
“I’m very excited,” he said of lining up against Green. “I can’t wait.”
UCF’s secondary was vulnerable to deep pass plays during the final six games of the regular season, but Robinson said UCF will approach the bowl game the same way it approached the C-USA title game.
“Everybody was working hard during the week, focusing and studying,” he said of preparing to face SMU. “We just played well together as a unit. We can build on that as we get ready for the bowl game.”