#6 DB Lamar Robbins
Junior, 6'2", 200 lbs.
Stats in 2014: Robbins played in 12 games, starting four. He posted 21 tackles, three TFL, and a pick six against NC State.
Spot on Fall Camp Depth Chart: Backup cornerback behind Deatrick Nichols.
How He Came to USF: Lamar was a highly-touted prospect out of Southridge High in Miami, where he played both offense and defense. His list of offers was massive, including Auburn, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and UCLA, among many others. His decision wound up coming down to the Bulls and Louisville, and Willie Taggart was able to close the deal a couple weeks before National Signing Day.
Recruiting Rankings: Robbins is one of the most impressive pickups of the Taggart era. Both Rivals and 247 tabbed Robbins as a low four-star prospect. Rivals had him 49th among prospects in Florida; 247 slotted him at 35th.
Projected Playing Time: Is this the year that Robbins finally breaks into the first team defense for good? He's an incredible athlete and has shown flashes of being a dominant corner, but they've been inconsistent, and as a result he's only started four games in two seasons. He's competing with Deatrick Nichols for the second cornerback spot across from Johnny Ward, and as nice as it would be to see Lamar assert himself as a starter, Nichols is a perfectly competent option as well. Either way, the Bulls could really, really use a strong season from Robbins, especially considering his versatility-- and that Hassan Childs out for the season and Nate Godwin is banged up.
Highlights: Here is a "highlight reel" of the NC State game that includes the Robbins pick six.
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Here's a great play from Robbins against Miami in 2013, where he evades a blocker on a blitz, gets to the quarterback quickly, and deflects the pass into Julius Forte's arms, who returns it for a touchdown.
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And a clip from the spring game in which Lamar got a pick on a Hail Mary from Steven Bench at the end of the first half.
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