Auburn tailback Jovon Robinson started to show off the skill set that led to his lofty expectations during Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss.
Robinson came to Auburn as the No. 1 tailback out of junior college a year ago. He fell, however, into the pits of the depth chart after suffering an ankle injury in the season opener. A banged up Peyton Barber forced coach Gus Malzahn to thrust Robinson into action on Saturday.
The junior performed adequately in his first start for the Tigers. He rushed 18 times for 91 yards and carried the offense in the third quarter with four consecutive rushes for 47 yards in the second half.
Malzahn gave Robinson a positive review during his postgame press conference.
“He did a good job for us,” Malzahn said. “He protected the football, he ran hard and I thought he had some good runs.”
The question now: How will this backfield sort out once Barber returns to full health? Barber still sits as Auburn’s leading tailback with 805 yards and 12 touchdowns on 108 attempts. Auburn’s next leading rusher, Kerryon Johnson, has only 37 carries. Whether Robinson will take some of Barber’s carries remains to be seen.
Malzahn said he wasn’t sure how he will handle the backfield snaps going forward.
“What we will do tomorrow is evaluate the health of everybody and we will get a good plan for next week,” Malzahn said. “We will probably know a little bit more tomorrow or Monday.”
Malzahn might have to consider a committee approach after Saturday’s game because Jovon Robinson put finally himself on the radar