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Corbin looks forward to future on familiar ground

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Prior to transferring to Florida State, redshirt sophomore running back Jashaun Corbin spent his first two seasons of eligibility playing at Texas A&M.

Despite leaving the Garnet and Gold behind for a different shade of red, Corbin has now found his way back to Tallahassee looking for a fresh start and a new set of opportunities.

“Florida State was home before, so I just came back,” Corbin said. “It was a blessing in disguise, it was a great fit … I feel refreshed. It’s different coming in as a true freshman and coming in, having two years under your belt. So it’s easier to get along with the guys. Plus the guys here, they welcomed me in. I knew some of the guys when I was committed, so it’s been great.”

Corbin decommitted from Florida State in 2018 and followed a certain head coach to College Station. Once there, the former four-star from Rockledge, Fla., put up good numbers when he saw the field for the Aggies. He rushed for 346 yards on 61 carries, averaging about 5.7 yards per carry and added 85 yards on 10 receptions out of the backfield. 

Corbin was primed for an excellent 2019 season as a starter but suffered a season-ending hamstring injury against Clemson in Week 2. After ample success by his replacement, Isaiah Spiller, Corbin decided it was time to continue his rehab at a different institution. According to him, Florida State coach Mike Norvell was one of the first to come calling.

“As soon as I hit the portal, he reached out,” Corbin said. “That meant a lot. Ever since then, the connection was strong. Contacting me daily was a big thing … My hamstring feels good. I’m actually ahead of my rehab, so everything is going great.”

Corbin filled a big need for the Seminoles, who went into the off-season with only two running backs on scholarship. Of course now the running back room is stocked with talent, but with Corbin at the head of it along with the returning Khalan Laborn.

“He’s just a phenomenal kid,” offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham commented. “He’s proven that he can play at the college level and he’s going to bring a lot of value to us.”

That value comes in Corbin’s versatility. 

“I’ll be able to return kicks, punts, catch the ball, run the ball,” Corbin said. “Just be able to do everything, all-purpose back. I think I can bring a lot to the table.”

The ’Noles will be in need of using his ability to return kicks – a responsibility that has fallen to D.J. Matthews and Keyshawn Helton. They haven’t performed terribly in those spots, but it hasn’t been a strong suit for the team in years past.

Since he is transferring, Corbin, of course, will need a waiver to ensure his eligibility – something that has no definite timetable. It can take days, weeks, or like the case with Jordan Travis last year, it could take months.

Either way, Corbin is firmly locked in on practicing with his new teammates and is excited about his new chapter on familiar turf.

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