Anyone who went to a Rockford Lutheran football game between 2012 and 2015 knows what James Robinson can do. He became Illinois’ all-time leading rusher.
Now comes his shot to show what he can do at the college level. Robinson is the starting tailback for Illinois State going into the Redbirds’ season opener this Saturday evening against Butler.
Robinson saw some playing time last year as a true freshman, but he was hampered by a hamstring injury. Now he’s leaner and hopefully more resilient. HE also says he’s more relaxed.
“I was in a hurry last year and I was like nervous kind of when my name got called to get the ball, so I was like not patient at all, but this year I’ll be a lot more patient,” says Robinson.
“I think he’s in better condition this year than he was last year,” says ISU head coach and Rockford native Brock Spack. “I think he took more ownership in the offseason for his own conditioning as well, so I think he’s a lot farther along from that standpoint.”
Illinois State is ranked 18th in the nation in the FCS preseason poll.