The more Jammie Robinson has played, the more positions he has played. His ability to play nickel corner, dime corner or safety has helped as Florida State has been seeking a thumper over the middle.
Robinson is often on the field and contributing in a variety of ways, as the South Carolina transfer has started the last four games. He had 13 tackles plus a tackle for loss in the Louisville game and followed that up with nine tackles against Syracuse.
“When I was at South Carolina I did it a little bit (cross-training) but here I do it a lot more,” Robinson said. “But that’s great for me, just being able to show how versatile I am.”
Robinson said he wants to be a coach one day and he’s already seeing a grasp of the big picture on defense just by learning the nuances of the difference positions within FSU’s defense. He has 33 tackles, second on the team to Jermaine Johnson (38), and Robinson also has four tackles for loss, two passes broken up and a forced fumble.
“The production and the versatility of it, he’s playing multiple spots,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said. “Just a very talented young man that’s a heck of a player.”
While there are definite differences to the positions, Robinson enjoys the challenges of learning and playing them. He likes to play nickel “because I would be in a run fit, being man to man on the best receiver in the slot” and he sees safety as a chance to come “downhill a lot and I can also get interceptions more.”
Robinson is just a redshirt sophomore and has plenty of football in front of him as a player. But one day he would love to get back into coaching, potentially back home in Cordele, Ga.
“This is my plan: I want to be a high school coach first, then college and then the NFL,” Robinson said. “I’m going to work my way up.”
Norvell began his interview with the media on Wednesday morning by expressing some frustration with practice.
“There were times when we had lapses in focus and communication,” Norvell said. “… The challenge is on us to respond and make sure that we be more consistent. All in all I thought we got a good work day. But I want better.”
FSU practiced inside on Tuesday and Wednesday. Norvell said that lightning in the area kept the team indoors instead of going outside on Wednesday. The forecast for Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C., is a 70 percent chance of rain and Norvell indicated the team would look for opportunities to practice outside in the coming days. He also noted the Seminoles work on “wet ball drills” on Fridays.
Tomahawks on helmets
One noticeable element of FSU history has been missing on helmets this season: Tomahawks. The stickers given as rewards for hard work, scoring plays, takeaways and other big moments will return on Saturday, Norvell said.
“That’s something we do when we win. We had our first win, and there’s guys that will have those on display here this week,” Norvell said. “That’s something that is a sacred tradition here. It’s not something that we take lightly. Some guys had some really productive games but we came up short. Our objective is to win games. That’s when you’ll see those on display.