Gilbert Robbins, Manual Crimsons football prepared for the flight this fall


There’s a diamond in every rough, they say, and rising senior wide receiver Gilbert Robbins is the kind of diamond on the football field who has a chance to earn his final polish this fall for the DuPont Manual Crimsons.

In recent seasons, Robbins has played behind Division I talents like Braxton Cannon (Air Force) and Eli Blakely (Miami-Ohio) as wide receiver. And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic limited opportunities last year, although the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior finished with four catches for 108 yards and one touchdown in five games as a junior. . But now he’s gearing up to be the Crimsons’ preferred receiver this season, and he couldn’t be more excited for the challenge.

“I didn’t stop,” Robbins said. “I’ve been working since the end of second year, so once that season rolled around, or even (when) my forties hit, I was still exercising.”

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He might not be the tallest athlete on the court, but Robbins believes his speed and road run is more than enough to make him a viable first option for Manual’s aerial assault this fall. And to be sure, Robbins is not lacking in confidence.

“I have a speed that few DBs can’t keep up with,” said Robbins, who consistently gets a time of about 4.45 seconds into the 40-yard dash. “And on top of that, I have good hands. It’s a full circle on me. When I get the ball, I can just take off.

He expects extra attention from opposing defensive backs this year as they look to him and the other Crimsons receivers to neutralize Manual’s passing play. But the senior has an idea of ​​what he will be up against and continues to choose himself even before games start.

“When I line up in front of DB I know I’m going to win the road,” said Robbins. “The timing has to be right. I have talked a lot. And it will be once per blue moon that a DB will try to come and scramble me, because they know they are going to get beaten on the line.

Faced with larger corners and safeties? No problem, Robbins said. He believes his smaller frame could still be successfully exploited in the age of larger spans outdoors.

“It’s easier, especially if he’s taller than me,” he says. “You’re closer to the ground than him. So if I drop my hips before him guess who falls and guess who catches the ball? “

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Robbins has worked hard to prepare his mind and body for whatever Manual Breach demands of him, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. The Crimsons coaching staff spoke with Robbins about the possibility of playing more physically and deepening his technique, which will be essential in creating windows for the targets. These details are what separates the players on the pitch.

“All the little details of the job, he focused on that during the offseason,” said Crimsons head coach Scott Carmony. “These are all the things that make the difference between a simple football player and a very good football player.”

But it’s not just about himself. Robbins is ready to go out with his teammates and produce as a unit.

“As long as we’re all healthy I think we’ll have a good season,” he said.

Contact Jonathan Saxon at [email protected] or 502-715-1393 and follow him on Twitter at @TheSleepyScribe.


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