There are few players in a rivalry during whose tenure you develop a legitimate respect for even your most hated enemy. Over the past three years, Bijon Robinson was the Texas Longhorn who caused the most concern for the Oklahoma Sooners. Now he’s headed to the NFL.
“I’ve done everything I’ve tried to do in God’s plan for me while I’ve been here,” Robinson said at a news conference announcing the decision on Monday. “It’s time to start a new journey. I’m excited to explore another part of my life, just as I tried to understand it here.
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So long, old friend. We will not miss you.
He finished a stellar 2022 season in Austin, leading the Big 12 in rushing yards and touchdowns and finishing No. 5 in the nation with 1,580 yards. His 18 touchdowns on the ground tied for fourth in the nation with Michigan standout Blake Corum.
While he did not win the Heisman, leaving Texas without a conference championship, and went just 1–2 against the Sooners, he was one of the best players in the Big 12 during his time with the Longhorns. In three seasons, he ran for 3,340 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also had 804 receiving yards and eight touchdowns during his career. On some average Texas teams.
Only Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson and Earl Campbell rushed for more yards than Robinson, and each of them played four seasons for the Longhorns. Among the top five runners in rushing yards in Longhorns history (including Jamal Charles), Bijon Robinson has the highest yards per attempt with five.
After the Sooners bottled him up for just 17 yards on five carries during his freshman year in 2020, Robinson made life difficult for Oklahoma in the next two Red River showdowns. In 2021, he ran for 137 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, but it was not enough as the Texas defense collapsed.
The Sooners’ defense struggled to contain him again in 2022 as Robinson ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the Longhorns’ 49–0 victory at the Red River Showdown.
When Texas’ defense or the quarterback position failed, Robinson was a part of the Texas team that was reliable and consistent. And now he takes his talents to the NFL.
His ability to run with power and break up big runs was unmatched in the Big 12. This made him a terror to opposing defenses and was also a lot of fun to watch when it wasn’t your team on the other side. line of scrimmage.
And it’s that mix of power and speed that will make him an intriguing NFL prospect. He will still have a chance to be drafted in the first round, despite the running back position being devalued in recent years. He was simply a great player for Texas and we are happy to be moving to the NFL.
That is his problem now.
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