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20 DAYS TO KICKOFF: DeMarcus Robinson

In which BracketCat counts down the 20th day until kickoff with a profile of running back DeMarcus Robinson.


#20 DeMarcus Robinson
Redshirt Senior
5-7 | 209
Wichita, Kan.


Position: Running Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

Henry DeMarcus Robinson (b. Oct. 29, 1991) is a shifty and elusive back who has played sparingly during the last two seasons, but will compete for the starting spot as a senior. Frankly, I've given up hope of his having an impact.

Robinson once looked as if he had the potential to be another Darren Sproles, based on his build, high school exploits and video highlights. This four-star running back was the jewel of the 2010 recruiting class.

However, undisclosed personal issues reportedly had him flirting with the idea of leaving the team in 2011.

He remained on the team, but has been well behind John Hubert, Angelo Pease and Robert Rose on the depth chart at running back. Most likely, his blocking skills and work ethic have held him back, because the kid can run.

Robinson made a bit of a splash in the 2012 spring game with his legendary 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Then, in 2012, he played in three games, totaling 25 yards on six carries. He rushed three times for 20 yards, including a long of 9 yards, against Miami; for 3 yards at West Virginia; and once for 2 yards against Texas Tech.

Robinson also played in three games in 2013, totaling 20 yards on five carries. He set a career high with 21 yards against UMass on three carries, including a career-long 11-yard rush. But none of that is close to what we hoped.

Robinson rushed for a Wichita City League season-high 1,720 yards as a senior and for nearly 5,000 yards in his career at Wichita Northwest, putting him up there with Bryce Brown and Barry Sanders as all-time Air Capital greats.

That earned him multiple first-team Class 6A honors and a Kansas Shrine Bowl invitation, as well as a ranking by as the 18th-best running back in his class. Now he has one last season to attain his great potential.