Wan’Dale Robinson is an elite talent at wide receiver. He’s proved as much in only two games at Kentucky. For some reason, Scott Frost played the former Kentucky Mr. Football at running back, a lot. It’s what eventually led Robinson back to his Old Kentucky Home.
Last week Trevor Sikkema, “a.k.a. Tampa Bay Tre,” from Pro Football Focus made the trip to Lexington to meet with blossoming pro prospect. As the two discussed Robinson’s move from Lincoln to Lexington, one moment in practice made Wan’Dale realize that he could not spent another year at Nebraska.
“We were playing Iowa last year. I was playing running back, and they brought a little cross-dog blitz,” Robinson said. “And one of the [linebackers] came, and I had cut him. And he didn’t fall all the way. He just fell on me, and I was like, ‘oh yeah, if I’m cutting him and he’s just doing this, this ain’t for me.’ So, at that point, it was time to make a change.”Pro Football Focus
Since making the change Robinson has been the featured athlete in UK’s new dynamic passing attack. His first reception was a 33-yard touchdown. He’s exceeded 100 receiving yards in each of his first two games. Right now Robinson ranks second in the SEC with 226 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
If you strictly analyze tape, it looks just as good as the numbers. Robinson has received an 86.3 PFF overall grade, currently ranking fifth among the 87 FBS wide receivers who have seen 15 or more targets.
Robinson is off to a stellar start in Lexington and there’s still plenty of room to grow.
You can read more about Robinson’s relationship with Rondale Moore, Liam Coen and how he studies Cooper Kupp in the feature from Pro Football Focus.