Nickell Robey, CB

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Frostproof, FL
Height/Weight: 5-7 / 169 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Career Notes
He had 163 tackles (including 5.5 for losses), 7 interceptions and 17 deflections in his career, plus 20 punt returns for 208 yards (10.4 avg.). He returned 3 interceptions for TDs in his career, tying the USC career record first set by All-American Charles Phillips (1972-74). He had 37 career starts.
2012 Season
The veteran Robey, a lockdown cornerback who also has competed on USC's track team, started for his third season at cornerback as a junior in 2012. He also returned punts. Overall in 2012 while starting all 13 games, he had 52 tackles, including 0.5 for a loss of 1 yard, 4 deflections, an interception for a TD, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal, plus 8 punt returns for 76 yards (9.5 avg.). He made the 2012 All-Pac-12 second team and Phil Steele All- Pac-12 second team. He was named USC's Co-Lifter of the Year.

He had 2 tackles against Hawaii, 5 tackles and a 12-yard punt return at Syracuse, 5 tackles at Stanford and 4 tackles and returned 2 punts for 6 yards against California. At Utah, he had 7 tackles, returned a fourth quarter interception 38 yards for a TD (the third of his career to tie a USC record), forced a fumble that USC recovered to set up a TD and returned a punt 22 yards. He had a tackle and returned 2 punts for 2 yards at Washington, had 3 tackles and a deflection against Colorado and had 4 tackles at Arizona. He had 6 tackles and blocked a PAT against Oregon, had 5 tackles against Arizona State, had 3 tackles and a deflection at UCLA and had 4 tackles (0.5 for a loss) against Notre Dame. He made 3 tackles against Georgia Tech.

2011 Season
Robey started for his second season at cornerback as a sophomore in 2011. Overall in 2011 while starting all 12 games, he had 63 tackles, including 5.5 for losses (with 2 sacks), a team-high 9 deflections and 2 interceptions (with a TD), plus 12 punt returns for 132 yards (11.0 avg.) and a 20-yard kickoff return. He made the 2011 CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American second team. He made the 2011 All-Pac-12 first team. He made the 2011 ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team. He won USC's 2011 John McKay Award.

He had 4 tackles (0.5 for loss) and also returned 2 punts for 19 yards against Minnesota. He had 5 tackles, 2 deflections and 2 punt returns for 5 yards versus Utah. He had 4 tackles and returned 2 punts for 3 yards against Syracuse. He had 2 tackles and returned 2 punts for 51 yards (with a 44-yarder) at Arizona State. He added 4 tackles against Arizona and 6 tackles and 2 deflections at California.

He then had 6 tackles, a deflection and a late interception to seal the victory at Notre Dame (he also had a 9-yard punt return) to earn USC's Player of the Game versus Notre Dame Award. He had 10 tackles, a deflection and returned a fourth quarter interception 33 yards for a TD against Stanford. He had 4 tackles (1 for a loss) at Colorado, then 3 tackles, a deflection and a 20-yard kickoff return against Washington and 6 tackles at Oregon. He had 9 tackles (with 2 sacks) and 2 deflections along with 2 punt returns for 40 yards against UCLA.

2010 Season
Just a first-year freshman, Robey started all of 2010 at cornerback and performed well. Overall in 2010 while starting all 13 games, he had 48 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, plus had a team-high 4 interceptions with 1 TD, 4 deflections and 1 forced fumble. He made 2010 Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American honorable mention, All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Phil Steele All-Pac-10 fourth team.

He became the first USC true freshman to start a season opener at cornerback in the post-World War II era when he had 6 tackles and a deflection against Hawaii. He then had 2 tackles and 2 deflections against Virginia and 5 tackles at Minnesota. At Washington State, he had 3 tackles and 2 interceptions (including a 25-yard TD return and an 8-yarder to set up a USC TD) to become the first Trojan freshman to get 2 picks in a game since Mike Salmon did so in 1990 against Arizona State.

He added 5 tackles against Washington, then 2 tackles each against Stanford, California and Oregon. He had 6 tackles (0.5 for a loss) and an interception against Arizona State, 3 tackles (1 for a loss) at Arizona, 5 tackles at Oregon State, 3 tackles against Notre Dame and 4 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a deflection at UCLA.

High School
His 2009 honors included Super Prep All-Dixie as a senior defensive back and running back at Frostproof (Fla.) High. He had 764 yards on 88 carries (8.9 avg.) with 9 TDs and caught 17 passes for 232 yards (13.7 avg.) with 6 TDs on offense, had 73 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles on defense and averaged 17.1 yards on 8 punt returns and 34.7 yards on 7 kickoff returns in 2009.

As a junior in 2008, he made All-State 2B first team and All-County first team. He ran for 1,600 yards with 10 TDs and caught 33 passes for 475 yards (14.4 avg.) with 4 TDs on offense and had 6 interceptions on defense.

As a sophomore in 2007, he ran for 1,500 yards on offense and had 40 tackles and 7 interceptions on defense.

He also was on Frostproof's baseball (earning All-State second team honors) and track (bests of 10.71 in the 100 meters, 23-9 in the long jump and 45-11 in the triple jump) teams. He was the 2010 State 2A District 8 and Region 2 long jump champion.

His cousin is Carlton Thomas, was a tailback at Georgia (2009-11). He and 15 of his USC teammates spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need.
04/30/2013 - Bills agree to terms with 16 undrafteds...CB Nickell Robey - 5'11" 1 - USC...Robey posted seven career interceptions for USC in his college career, returning three of them for touchdowns. He also had 24 career pass breakups in three seasons. "Extremely quick, great short agility and balance, tough and competitive," said Forsyth. "He'll fly to the ball, good hands and ball skills. Just not the biggest guy. He's got a chance because of his desire and quickness. He was productive in the PAC-12." - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com

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