Jakob Robinson is entering his second year at BYU after starting his collegiate career at Utah State.
The Orem, Utah native chose the Aggies over BYU in 2020 because he felt he was “ready to play and BYU wanted me to grayshirt for a year.”
So he went up to Logan and got some immediate experience, playing in four games with one start. He recorded eight tackles and a sack and ended the season as the Aggie’s highest graded cornerback (Pro Football Focus).
But Robinson grew up a BYU fan, and the Cougs were ready to play him in 2021, so he entered the transfer portal and made his way back home to Provo to his father’s alma mater. His father bought a bunch of season tickets and Robinson now has quite the cheering section for him in each home game at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
When asked what his favorite moment was during 2021 at BYU, he couldn’t pick a single play but instead noted that it was “beating Utah.” He explained that “growing up we’d watch all the games, and during recess we’d do BYU vs. Utah. The Utah fans would play us—we’d always beat them.”
Robinson was able to live out that childhood dream as a freshman in 2021 and recorded two solo tackles and one pass defended in the Cougar victory. On the year he had five starts in 12 games and finished with 26 tackles (21 solo), three pass breakups, and a team lead tying three interceptions.
But he is also hungry to improve. In the off-season Robinson has been working hard to get stronger and faster, and he is excited about the improvement of his teammates as well. When asked which defensive back might surprise Cougar fans this season, he gives props to his roommate.
“Dean Jones for sure. Tall lengthy safety. I think he’ll have a good year.”
Robinson is strong and fast, but he notes that Micah Harper and George Udo may be the strongest defensive backs in Provo, with Udo also being the fastest on the track.
Looking ahead to the 2022 season, Robinson says he’s most excited about the Notre Dame game.
“I watched them growing up. I thought they were cool and played as them on the NCAA X-box game. I’d be them sometimes. So, yeah, it’ll be fun to beat them.”
He won’t have to wait that much longer to get onto the field. The Cougars kickoff in less than 10 days with their opener at South Florida September 3rd.
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