Always well known in Normal, Illinois, Robinson burst onto the national scene in 2006, and is considered by many to be the premier offensive prospect in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks.
During his time at Rockledge High School, Robinson led the team to consecutive state championships (team posted consecutive 14-1 records, 2001-02). He earned All-State honorable mention, All-Space Coast first-team and All-Conference accolades as a senior, coming up with 55 receptions for 903 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. Those figures far surpassed his junior season, when he managed only 70 yards and a score on six catches. Robinson earned four letters each in football, basketball and track, earning starting jobs in basketball and football as a junior.
The high school teammate of Redbird defensive back Jesse Caesar, Robinson played in 12 games at Illinois State during his freshman year. He started six times, including the team's final five games, finishing with 19 catches for 260 yards (13.7 avg) and three touchdowns.
Robinson started every game at split end for the Redbirds in 2004. He led the team with 44 receptions for 564 yards (12.0 avg) and seven touchdowns, adding three solo tackles. His seven scoring grabs were the most by an Illinois State player since Vito Golson had eight in 2001.
2005 proved to be Robinson's breakout season. He was a consensus All-American and All-Gateway Conference first-team selection, as he led the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks in yards receiving per game (133.18) and was second nationally with an average of 7.82 receptions per game. Robinson shattered school single-season records with 86 catches for 1,465 yards (17.0 avg), and his 12 touchdown catches rank second on ISU's annual record chart. He also recorded two solo tackles and caused a fumble. Only New Hampshire's David Ball (1,551 yards) gained more yards receiving in 2005 among Division 1-AA receivers.
Robinson was a major problem for Kansas State in the 2006 season opener, catching nine passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns before an illegal block by a KSU player on a fourth quarter kickoff return would sideline the All-American receiver with an ankle sprain. That injury would sideline single-season record for the next two games against Central Arkansas and Eastern Illinois. He proved how invaluable he was when he returned to the field against Murray State and amassed 121 of the team's 159 receiving yards on six catches with two scores.
However, in the next game against Southern Illinois, he re-injured his ankle and was forced to sit out the next two games. He returned to start the final five contests, finishing second on the team with 40 receptions for 718 yards (18.0 avg) and seven touchdowns. He also rushed once for a 5-yard gain.
In 43 games at Illinois State, Robinson started 37 times. He gained 3,007 yards with 29 touchdowns on 192 receptions (15.7 avg) and rushed once for a five-yard gain. Robinson scored 188 points as he registered seven solo tackles with a forced fumble.
Positives: Has a lean, angular frame that is built for speed, showing good chest muscle definition with a tapered waist, good shoulder width, tight abdomen, developed thighs and calves
Has excellent body flexibility and hip snap, dropping his weight and keeping his pads down to accelerate instantly coming out of his cuts
Has fine balance in his running stride, executing crisp plant-and-drive skills to get in and out of his breaks
Possesses the speed to challenge the deep secondary and the body control to make adjustments through his routes
Smart, instinctive runner and also does well in the classroom
Picks up plays quickly and is alert to coverages, doing a nice job of finding the soft spot in the zone to settle in
Regarded by the staff the team's "most trustworthy" player, as he works hard in the training and film rooms, showing good self-starting ability
Capable of getting to the ball in a crowd and there is no flinch to him, even when he knows the defense is about to drill him
Has the ability to accelerate into his routes instantly and shows good urgency in and out of his cuts
Demonstrates a crisp running style and does a nice job adjusting his body to get to the underneath throws
His speed lets him drive off the coverage and come back for the easy yards
Takes short, pitter-patter steps to accelerate off the line of scrimmage, and has the explosion to gain on the cornerback and eat the cushion in attempts to challenge deep
Can sink and slip through traffic due to his lateral agility and is very alert of the sidelines, doing a nice job of keeping his feet in bounds
Displays the body control to sink his hips to get better separation in-and-out of his cuts and does a very good job of finding the soft spot and settling in vs. zone coverage
Whether working underneath or attacking the deep zone, Robinson's hip snap and ability to ride up the defensive back lets him gain immediate separation after the catch
Shows the nimbleness to maintain balance and turn instantly to head up field after the catch
Maintains good focus when looking the ball in, and does not hesitate to get vertical to make the play
Best when contorting his body and looking the ball in over his shoulder on deep routes
Has developed good hand mechanics to extend for the ball away from the frame
Will sometimes revert to body catching, but has the timing and snatch ability to get to the ball at its high point
Needs to add some more bulk and strength, but has that second gear and burst to leave defenders grabbing at air
Has no problem competing with the opponent after contact, and has the balance and leg drive to stay up after taking the initial hit.
Negatives: Has functional playing power, but will need to upgrade in this area to prevent from being rerouted by the more physical pro defensive backs
Earlier in his career, Robinson did not utilize his explosiveness with consistency in attempts to get a clean release off the snap
Could use some more bulk to escape the jam, but has more than enough quickness to escape and get back on the stem
Demonstrates sure hands to look the ball in, but must be more conscious of securing the ball before heading up field)
Shows better consistency getting into his routes than earlier in his career (used to take some soft angle cuts)
Still learning how to vary his speed, but has shown improvement each week, as he no longer out-runs the ball and is smart enough to uncover and has the burst to go down field in a flash
More of a pester-type of blocker than one who will face up at the line of scrimmage.
Compares To: LAVERANUES COLES-New York Jets-Like Coles, Robinson has that explosive running stride and acceleration to separate after the catch. Both are fearless catching in a crowd and show great sideline awareness, body control and loose hips to turn a short catch into a big play.
Robinson's 192 receptions broke the old school career record of 177 by Rickey Garrett (1996-99) and is topped only by Eddie Berlin of Northern Iowa (249, 1997-2000), Mike Furrey of Northern Iowa (242, 1997-99) and Cornell Craig of Southern Illinois (207, 1996-99) on the Gateway Conference all-time record list
His 3,007 yards surpassed Garrett's old school career record of 2,719 yards (2,558 in Gateway play) and rank fifth in Gateway Conference annals behind Dedric Ward of Northern Iowa (3,876), Berlin (3,735), Furrey (3,544) and Cornell Craig (3,508)
Robinson shattered the school single-season record with 86 receptions in 2005, topping the previous mark of 74 grabs by Garrett in 1998
His 86 catches also tied the Gateway Conference single-season record that was first set by Furrey in 1998, joining Furrey as the only players in conference history to catch more than 80 passes in a season (Furrey also had 82 catches in 1997)
His 1,465 yards receiving in 2005 topped the old school single-season record of 1,175 yards by Garrett in 1998
He also established the Gateway Conference single-season record in 2005 with his 1,465 yards, joining Cornell Craig of Southern Illinois (1,419 in 1999) as the only players in Gateway annals to gain more than 1,400 yards receiving in a season
His 1,465 yards rank 10th on the NCAA Division 1-AA's single-season record chart, behind Delaware's Eddie Conti (1,712 in 1998), Tramon Douglas of Grambling State (1,704 in 2002), Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State (1,682 in 1984), DaVon Fowlkes of Appalachian State (1,618 in 2004), Brian Forster of Rhode Island (1,617 in 1985), Dominique Thompson of William & Mary (1,585 in 2004), David Ball of New Hampshire (1,551 in 2005 and 1,504 in 2004), Rob Giancola of Valparaiso (1,496 in 2003) and Joe Douglass of Montana (1,469 in 1996)
His 29 touchdown catches broke the school career record of 22 set by Garrett (1996-99) and are surpassed only by Ward (41, 1993-96), Craig (37, 1996-99) and Berlin (34, 1997-00) on the Gateway Conference's all-time record chart
His 12 touchdown catches in 2005 were one shy of the school single-season record of 13 by Rickey Garrett in 1998 and rank fifth on the Gateway Conference's annual record chart behind Garrett, Berlin (16 in 2000), Craig (15 in 1999) and Ward (14 in 1996)
His three touchdown receptions vs. Drake in 2005 rank third on the school's single-game record list behind Garrett (four vs. Southern Utah and four vs. Kentucky State in 1998)
Robinson's 292 yards receiving vs. Indiana State in 2005 set school and conference game-records, topping the old ISU mark of 259 yards by Garrett vs. Southern Utah in 1998 and the previous Gateway record of 286 yards by Furrey vs. Western Illinois in 1999
His 292 yards rank 13th on the NCAA Division 1-AA single-game record list
Robinson's 14 receptions in the 2005 Indiana State game tied the school single-game record that was first set by Dwayne Smith vs. Illinois in 2003 and is surpassed only by Indiana State's Sam Logan (17 vs. Murray State in 2005) and Northern Iowa's Eddie Gales (16 vs. Southern Illinois in 2003) on the conference's single-game record list
Robinson had multiple-catch games in 29 contests
He gained more than 100 yards receiving in nine games, including two 200-yard performances. Only Garrett (nine, 1996-99) has more 100-yard receiving games in Illinois State annals
Of his 192 receptions, 142 resulted in first downs, as Robinson converted 51-of-68 third-down plays
He had key catches that resulted in 50 Illinois State touchdown drives and seven other drives that ended with field goals
Twenty of his catches came inside the red zone, with six on goal-line plays
Fifty of his receptions gained at least 20 yards or more.
A consensus All-American and All-Gateway Conference first-team preseason selection, Robinson started nine games, finishing second on the team with 40 receptions for 718 yards (18.0 avg) and seven touchdowns
He also rushed once for 5 yards
Was named Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Kansas State in the season opener
Sat out the Central Arkansas and Eastern Illinois games after he suffered an ankle sprain in the KSU clash
Returned for two contests, but re-injured his ankle vs. Southern Illinois, sitting out the Western Illinois and Youngstown State (regular season) clashes
Of the 68 passes targeted to Robinson, 12 were deflected by the opposition
31 of his catches resulted in first downs, as he converted 9-of-11 third-down plays he was involved in
He registered fourteen catches for 20 yards or longer and had five receptions inside the red zone
Twelve of his grabs were responsible for SIU touch-down drives.
|2006 Game Analysis|
The Illinois State Redbirds were determined to give their Division IA opponent a tough game and that is certainly what the Wildcats received from ISU, as a failed two-point conversion with 3:02 left in the fourth quarter left the `Birds a point short and gave Kansas State a 24-23 victory in front of 47,250 fans at the newly dedicated Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Laurent earned Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after making nine catches for 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also gaining 5 yards on a reverse before being forced out of action in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle
On the team's single-season opening drive, Robinson caught an 11-yard pass from QB Luke Drone, followed by a 5-yard reverse to set up Kevin Mazur's 35-yard field goal that capped a 53-yard, 11-play drive at the 9:42 mark of the first quarter
After receiving the kickoff to start the second half, the Redbirds wasted little time tying up the score. With the ball on the ISU 24-yard line and facing second down, Drone connected with Pierre Jackson on a 70-yard strike down the sideline to put the `Birds on the Kansas State 6-yard line. Two plays later, Drone found Robinson in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown pass and the 23rd TD of Robinson's career, which made him ISU's all-time leader in career touchdown receptions. Kevin Mazur's extra point followed and knotted the score at 10-10 with 12:25 left in the third quarter
In the fourth quarter, Drone and Robinson hooked up on their second touchdown pass, a 4-yarder that ended a 7-play, 86-yard drive that put the Red-birds up 17-13
But, on the ensuing kickoff, Laurent injured his ankle (KSU's Byron Garvin was penalized 125 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for an illegal block on the receiver) and was forced from the game. He returned for several plays midway through the fourth quarter, but then spent the rest of the game on the sidelines
Kansas State safety Marcus Watts talked about Robinson to the media after the game, saying, "He is a good player. We knew that going in, that he was going to be good, and he proved it tonight. He's a good receiver, it doesn't matter what class, Division I-A or Division I-AA he's one of the best I've ever seen."
Six of Robinson's nine grabs resulted in first downs, converting three third-down plays in the process
Two of those first downs came on catches at the goal line
Record Watch-Robinson's two touchdown catches gave him 24 for his career, breaking the school all-time record he previously shared with Rickey Garrett (22, 1996-99) and are surpassed only by Dedric Ward of Northern Iowa (41, 1993-96), Cornell Craig of Southern Illinois (37, 1996-99), Eddie Berlin of Northern Iowa (34, 1997-00) and Mike Furrey of Northern Iowa (27, 1997-99) on the Gateway Conference's all-time record chart
Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Bryan Baldwin.
Central Arkansas and Eastern Illinois
Did not play (ankle sprain).
Even though the Redbirds won both games while Robinson was sidelined, his value to the team's passing game, as he amassed 121 of SIU's 159 aerial yards, snaring six passes with a pair of touchdowns and also had another big catch that set up another scoring drive in a 35-14 triumph
Laurent made his presence felt immediately upon his return to the field, catching a 19-yard slant pass from QB Luke Drone for a first down on the game's first play from scrimmage. That grab marked the 28th consecutive game Robinson caught at least one pass, one shy of the school career record of 29 that was established by Vito Golson (1999-2002)
At the start of the third quarter, Laurent was about to be sandwiched by Murray State defenders Derrick Parrott and Dominic Spinks on a third-&-8 toss from Drone, but Robinson contorted his body and hauled in the throw for a 47-yard gain to the MSU 6-yard line. Two plays later, Redbirds tailback Pierre Rembert scored on a 4-yard run to finish the 75-yard, 7-play drive
Robinson kept the team's next drive alive by beating Parrott for a third-&-9 throw from Drone that netted 15 yards and a first down
Parrott would try to strip the ball from Laurent after an 8-yard catch in the third quarter, but the talented receiver made the cornerback pay for his over aggressiveness, beating him down the sidelines to snare a third-&-11 pass from Drone several plays later for a 26-yard touchdown that concluded a 7-play, 34-yard drive with 8:12 left in the third quarter
Robinson continued to torch the Racers secondary, as he burst into the end zone on a third-&-4 screen from Drone that Laurent turned into a 6-yard score, capping a 15-play, 80-yard drive with 9:57 left in the game
Record Watch-Laurent's 121 yards gave him
2,487 in his career, moving him ahead of Reggie Gray of Western Illinois (2,426 from 2002-05) for sixth on the Gateway Conference's career-record list for receiving yardage
His two touchdowns increased his school career-record to 26 scoring grabs
Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Derrick Parrott.
Robinson was limited to two catches, but they were good for 48 yards, including a 43-yard grab that was downed at the WKU 2, where Rafael Rice then ran the ball in for a 2-yard score just 59 seconds into the second quarter
Head to Head Competition-CB#18-Travis Watters-Four tackles (2 solos).
The Redbirds receiver was held to one catch for 23 yards that set up Pierre Rembert's 4-yard scoring run late in the first quarter
Four minutes into the second quarter, Robinson re-injured his ankle trying to get to an off-target pass and was forced to leave the game
Head to Head Competition-CB#2-Craig Turner-Four solo tackles.
Western Illinois and Youngstown State
Did not play (ankle).
Robinson returned to the lineup and collected two catches for 46 yards, including a long reception of 29 yards, from QB Luke Drone that placed the ball at the MSU 5. On the next play, Pierre Rembert ran the ball into the end zone for a 5-yard score that capped a 7-play, 65-yard drive midway through the third quarter
Head to Head Competition-CB#12-Chris Farrar-Six tackles, a stop for a 1-yard loss, one pass break-up.
Robinson had a big game, hauling in six passes for 169 yards and a touchdown
90 of those yards came midway through the first quarter, when QB Luke Drone connected with the receiver on the first play of the drive to put the Redbirds on top, 7-0
Late in the fourth quarter, Robinson took a 23-yard pass to the INSU 6 and Drone then finished off that drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 2:17 left to play
For the day, all of Robinson's six catches produced first downs, with four of those grabs gaining 20 yards or more
Head to Head Competition-CB#13-Rafael Price-Nine tackles (3 solos).
The ISU receiver followed his most impressive performance of the season with a two-catch, 90-yard encore, including one reception that covered 62 yards that set up Pierre Rembert's 4-yard scoring run midway through the first quarter
Head to Head Competition-CB#27-Nick Alvarez-Five solo tackles.
Robinson delivered five catches for 55 yards vs. the Panthers
Head to Head Competition-CB#21-Terrance Sanders-Four tackles (3 solos), two pass break-ups, an 87-yard interception return for a touchdown.
After missing the first meeting in 2006 between these two schools, Robinson made up for his absence with seven catches for 89 yards and a pair of scores
With 9:35 remaining in the first quarter, QB Luke Drone found Robinson in the end zone from 4 yards out to complete a nine-play, 58-yard drive
In the fourth quarter (9:45), Drone, standing at the 2-yard line, once again found Robinson in the end zone for a touch-down, capping an eight-play, 51-yard drive
Robinson had a 54-yard reception nullified late in the third quarter when the refs ruled he interfered on the play
All seven of Robinson's catches resulted in first downs
Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Codera Jackson-Five tackles (4 solos), a 3-yard interception return.
Laurent was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks
He added All-Gateway Conference first-team honors and was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year
Robinson also garnered All-American first-team recognition from the Walter Camp Foundation, Sports Network, American Foot-ball Coaches Association, Associated Press, CollegeSportsReport.com and The NFL Draft Report, adding second-team honors from the Sports Xchange
Started eleven games at split end, leading the Division 1-AA ranks in yards receiving per game (133.18) and ranking second nationally with an average of 7.82 catches per game
Only New Hampshire's David Ball gained more yards receiving (1,551) among 1-AA receivers
Robinson set school single-season records with 86 receptions (tied the Gateway Conference record first set by Mike Furrey of Northern Iowa in 1998) for 1,465 yards (17.0 avg) and twelve touchdowns, topping the previous marks of 74 grabs for 1,175 yards by Rickey Garrett in 1998
His twelve scoring catches are one shy of the ISU single-season record of thirteen by Garrett in 1998
67 of his receptions resulted in first downs, including converting 23 third-down plays and two more on fourth-down
Of the 120 passes targeted to Robinson, eight were deflected and one of his three fumbles were recovered by the opposition
Laurent had 22 receptions for 20 yards or longer
He made key catches that set up 25 touchdown drives and six more that ended in field goals
He also drew the opposition into three penalties and was tackled only one behind the line of scrimmage
Robinson made nine successful catches inside the red zone, with three coming on goal-line plays
Gained over 100 yards receiving six times, including two 200-yard performances
Had at least two receptions in each of the eleven games he played in
Caught three touchdown passes in each of the Drake, Northern Iowa and Indiana State games
Was named Gateway Conference Player of the Week vs. Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Indiana State.
|2005 Game Analysis|
The Cyclones expected to dominate this contest, but struggled to hold on for a 32-21 victory over Illinois State. Robinson was named Gateway Conference Player of the Week after he hauled in six passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort. All six of his receptions were good for first downs, as he converted five third-down plays, including two near the goal-line
Midway through the third quarter, Laurent converted a pair of third-down throws from QB Luke Drone into 12 & 13-yard gains and then snared a third-&-12 toss from Drone for a 56-yard touchdown to conclude a 9-play, 80-yard drive
In the fourth quarter, Robinson beat cornerback DeAndre Jackson and hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass from Drone. Robinson had beaten Jackson on a similar pattern to catch a 56-yard scoring pass that tied the score at 15 with 5:15 left in the third quarter
Talking to reporters after the game, Laurent commented, "Coming on the road this is a tough loss. We have to get ready for Drake and fight hard to get our first win. Coming into this game we were big underdogs. We started to click a little more in the second half. Getting 177 yards is great, but it was not good enough. It's a loss and it hurts. They have us rated seventh in the Gateway we think people are disrespecting us. We showed tonight we can play with a lot of teams. They shut our running game down in the first half and it took us a little off track. They were loading the box to stop us so we tried to beat them going one-on-one in the passing game."
Record Watch-Robinson's 177 yards rank tenth on the school's game-record list and were the most by an ISU player since Dwayne Smith gained 243 yards vs. Illinois in 2003
Head to Head Competition-CB#4-DeAndre Jackson.
The Illinois State offense put on a show in its first home game of the season, amassing 617 total yards of offense against Drake in front of 8,188 at Hancock Stadium, with Laurent accounting for 161 of those yards on nine receptions and three touchdowns. Robinson also had key catches that set up two field goals for the Redbirds, as seven of his grabs resulted in first downs
After trading scores throughout the first quarter and into the second, Illinois State broke the game open for good when QB Luke Drone connected with Robinson for an 88-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, bringing the score to 26-12. Laurent had earlier snared a second-&-goal toss from Drone for a 6-yard score and then grabbed an 11-yard sideline throw to set up Kevin Mazur's 34-yard field goal
The ISU receiver continued the scoring barrage in the second half with a 4-yard touchdown catch at the 7:31 mark of the third quarter
At the start of the fourth quarter, Laurent tackled Phillip Williams on a 25-yard interception return, but on the ensuing drive, Robinson fumbled the ball on an 11-yard pass from Drone, but ISU recovered
Drone was a bit off-target, as seven of his throws to Robinson resulted in incompletions
Head coach Denver Johnson commented about Robinson's performances, stating, "Laurent is a weapon and asset to this team. It always helps to surround your quarterbacks with players like him. Luke has plenty of good players around him, he's the one on the field that has to orchestrate."
Head to Head Competition-CB#22-Jace Denison.
Illinois State head coach Denver Johnson watched his offensive and defensive units both post touchdowns, as the Redbirds defeated the Eastern Illinois Panthers 27-6 in front of 6,785 fans, but Laurent managed only three catches for a career-low (as a starter) 19 yards
Still, all three of his grabs converted third-down plays into first downs. Robinson lost a jump ball battle as EIU's Ben Brown came down with an interception of a Luke Drone pass late in the first quarter
Robinson would make up for that miscue with a 4-yard gain on a third-&-1 toss from Drone that put the ball at the EIU 6-yard line, setting up Pierre Rembert's 6-yard touchdown run that capped a 12-play, 78-yard drive with 5:05 left in the first half
Head to Head Competition-CB#7-B.J. Brown.
The Illinois State defense dominated the Murray State offense in the second home game of the season for the Redbirds, as the unit gave up just 63 yards rushing and 135 total yards on the night in a 42-0 shutout of the Racers. Robinson came up with two catches for 37 yards
Head to Head Competition-CB#26-Paul Walker.
The Gateway Football Conference season opener in Youngstown, Ohio, did not go exactly as planned for the Illinois State Redbirds, as un-characteristic turnovers in the fourth quarter led to a 20-17 win for the Penguins over the Redbirds, but Laurent came up with eight receptions for 76 yards. Three of those grabs helped convert third-down plays into first downs, including a 19-yarder on a third-&-6 throw from QB Luke Drone that set up Drone's 2-yard touchdown run to cap a 12-play, 80-yard drive with 1:30 left in the first quarter
With 3:47 left in the game, Robinson tried to rally the offense with a 5-yard grab, followed by a 12-yarder on a third-&-5 throw, but Drone was then intercepted by Joe Juby, who was tackled by Laurent, causing a fumble, but the ball was recovered by Youngstown State at the YSU 35-yard line and the Penguins went on to run out the clock and preserve their 20-17 decision
Four of Robinson's catches resulted in first downs
Head to Head Competition-CB#1-Jason Perry.
Robinson caught twelve passes for 126 yards, as six of his grabs resulted in first downs, including one on a third-down play and another on fourth-down, but WKU's Chris James' 43-yard field goal in regulation and 33-yard field goal in overtime foiled Illinois State's chances to upset Western Kentucky, as the Hill-toppers won 37-34 in a Gateway Football Conference game at Hancock Stadium. Laurent turned the ball over on a fumble when he was tackled by Antonio Thomas on a second-&-3 toss from QB Luke Drone on ISU's game-opening drive. Thomas would later be penalized for a personal foul after delivering a late hit after Laurent caught a 12-yard pass with 6:44 left in the first half
Late in the third quarter, Robinson consistently beat Thomas for catches resulting in 5, 6, 11 & 21-yard gains, setting up a 5-yard touchdown run by the Redbirds' Rafael Rice
The Redbirds ran the two-minute drill to tie the score, with the help of a 16-yard Luke Drone to Robinson pass that set up a Kevin Mazur 22-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the half to knot the score at 17 apiece at intermission
A 29-yard pass from Drone to Pierre Rembert got ISU in position to score in the final six minutes. The Redbirds were faced with a fourth-down situation on the WKU nine, but Robinson's catch and run came up short, and Western Kentucky took over
Talking about the short passes made to him all day, Laurent replied, "We scattered them throughout the game because they did not let us get deep, so we took advantage of that and used more of a short game. We gave our best effort."
Record Watch-With the first of a career-high 12 receptions on the first play from scrimmage, Robinson extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 20, fourth-best in Illinois State history
Laurent became the eighth Redbird player to reach 100 career catches with his sixth catch of the game--a catch which set up ISU's field goal to tie the game at 17-17 in the final minute of the first half
Robinson's career-high 12 catches moved him into sixth place on the all-time ISU career receptions list with 106. He was the first Redbird in two seasons to have double-digit receptions in a game. Only two players have caught more in a game for ISU (Laurent would later set a school game-record with 14 catches vs. Indiana State in the 2005 season finale and Darnell Jones grabbed 13 passes vs. Western Illinois in 1997)
Robinson's 126 yards receiving vs. WKU moved him into fifth place all-time on the ISU career receiving yards list with 1,420
Head to Head Competition-CB#6-Antonio Thomas.
Illinois State dazed top-ranked Southern Illinois with a 21-point first quarter, but it was ISU's 27 unanswered point response that put the Salukis on the canvas for a 61-35 defeat, as the Redbirds posted their first knockout of a ranked opponent in nine games and their first win over the nation's top team since 1993. The offensive juggernaut, which totaled 594 yards, was powered by Robinson, who snared nine passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. Six of his catches were good for first downs, with three of those grabs gaining at least 20 yards or longer
With three minutes into the game, QB Luke Drone connected with Robinson in the middle of the field for a 23-yard gain. The catch gave Robinson 22-straight games with a catch, which is tied for the third-longest string in ISU history. With the ball on the 2-yard line, Brian Thompson finished the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run off the left end
The Redbirds pushed the lead to 14 points after Drone found Pierre Jackson on a 7-yard pass, as ISU rolled 62 yards in five plays for the score, including two Drone passes to Robinson for 33 yards. ISU took a commanding 21-0 lead when Thompson's 8-yard touchdown run capped that 10-play, 56-yard scoring drive
ISU tacked on 17 more points in the third quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Kevin Mazur and touchdowns by Thompson and Robinson. Thompson's 30-yard touchdown run, with 12:10 left in the third quarter, was his fourth rushing touchdown of the contest, tying a Redbird record for a league game. Drone's 60-yard touchdown pass to Robinson with nine seconds left in the third quarter, gave Robinson a career-high for receiving yardage with 180 on nine catches
Record Watch-Laurent's 180 yards rank ninth on the school's game-record list
Head to Head Competition-CB#33-Brad Bracher.
A wounded UNI football team went up against a hot and confident Illinois State squad, falling to the Redbirds 38-3, as Laurent earned Gateway Conference Player of the Week honors after torching the UNI secondary for 243 yards and three touchdowns on ten receptions. It was the worst regular season loss to a non-1-A team by Northern Iowa's since losing 52-9 at home to Southern Illinois in the 1983 season
The contest swung in ISU's favor on the very first play from scrimmage with quarterback Luke Drone tossing a 36-yard pass to Robinson, reaching UNI's 44-yard line. Eight plays later, ISU scored on a 9-yard run by Brian Thompson and the Redbirds led 6-0 after the PAT attempt went wide left.
UNI had a chance to close the margin when QB Dexter Hill drove the team from the 18 yard line to the ISU 6-yard line, but he fumbled the ball and it was recovered by ISU's Cameron Siskowic with 2:35 left in the first period. The Panthers trailed 21-0 at the half after Laurent then scored on a 46-yard reception at the 10:09 mark
Robinson added a 9-yard scoring grab in the fourth quarter and also caught a two-point conversion after setting up Tristan Borzick's 4-yard touchdown with a 57-yard gain on a catch-&-run midway through the first quarter
Laurent was simply unstoppable, as every one of his catches were good for first downs (also gained a first down on an UNI penalty), with seven of those grabs gaining at least 20 yards. In addition to his three touchdown catches, he set up three other touch-down drives and another drive that ended with a field goal
Record Watch-Laurent's 243 yards placed him second on the school's game-record list (Robinson would later break the record), ranking behind Rickey Garrett's 259 vs. Southern Utah in 1998
Only Garrett (four vs. Kentucky State and four vs. Southern Utah in 1998) had more touchdown receptions in a game for the Redbirds than Laurent's three
Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Dre Dokes.
Despite suffering bruised ribs, Robinson had six receptions for 84 yards, as five of those grabs resulted in first downs, but it wasn't enough to catch-up with a Western Illinois team that took an 21-3 lead at halftime and held on for a 31-17 win
Laurent snared a 16-yard screen pass from QB Luke Drone to set up Kevin Mazur's 35-yard field goal late in the first quarter
Robinson helped cap a 78-yard, 11-play drive with a 7-yard gain on a third-&-1 toss from Drone, setting up Pierre Jackson's 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter
But, on the team's ensuing drive, Robinson had a 30-yard grab down to the WIU 15-yard line negated by an ISU holding penalty
Head to Head Competition-CB#8-J.D. Dean.
Robinson collected 70 yards on seven receptions, with five of those catches resulting in first downs in a 48-23 victory
He had a 25-yard catch on the team's first play from scrimmage and added a 10-yarder on a third-&-7 throw from QB Luke Drone to set up Pierre Rembert's 6-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter
Head to Head Competition-CB#27-Marcus Colbert.
Robinson earned national Player of the Week honors as he set school and conference game records with 292 yards on fourteen catches with three touchdowns. Twelve of his receptions resulted in first downs, including four on third-down plays. He also had five catches for at least 20 yards and big catches on six touchdown drives. For his performance, Laurent was named the Gateway Conference's Player of the Week, adding USA Today College Football Player of the Week, I-AA.org Weekly All-Star, College Sports Report I-AA Performer of the Week and the Football Gazette's National Player of the Week accolades
The Redbirds, who piled-up 406 of their 708 yards of total offense while compiling a 42-14 halftime lead. The teams combined for 1,024 total yards
On the team's first drive, Robinson caught a 20-yarder, followed by a 48-yard scoring strike from QB Luke Drone
Later in the first quarter, he made a 15-yardcatch to set up his 18-yard touch-down grab that finished a 58-yard, 8-play drive
He also out-leaped a pair of defenders to haul in an 18-yard sideline toss that set up a 1-yard scoring run by Cortes Rice in the third quarter
Laurent then had a pair of 14-yard receptions to set up a 4-yard scoring run by Rice at the start of the fourth quarter
Robinson would also snare a 48-yard touchdown pass from Drone with ten minutes left in the game
Record Watch-Robinson's 14 catches receptions tied the Illinois State record for receptions in a game (Dwayne Smith first caught 14 passes vs. Illinois in 2003) and rank third in Gateway history behind Sam Logan of Indiana State (17 vs. Murray State in 2005) and Eddie Galles of Northern Iowa (16 vs. Southern Illinois in 2003)
Robinson's 292 yards receiving broke the Illinois State and Gateway Football Conference record for receiving yards in a game, topping the old school mark of 259 by Rickey Garrett vs. Southern Utah in 1998 and the Gateway mark of 286 yards by Mike Furrey of Northern Iowa vs. Western Illinois in 1999
Robinson extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 26, the second-longest streak in school history
Robinson broke the single-season Redbird receiving yards record previously held by Rickey Garrett (1,175 in 1999)
His 1,465 yards set the Gateway Conference single-season record, topping the previous mark of 1,419 by Cornell Craig of Southern Illinois in 1999
Robinson became the fourth Redbird receiver to surpass 2,000 yards in his career, as his 2,289 career receiving yards rank third in ISU annals
Robinson's three touchdown catches tied Rickey Garrett for the Illinois State school career touchdown reception record with 22
Robinson's 86 receptions tie Mike Furrey of Northern Iowa (1998) for the Gateway Conference single-season record
Robinson's 292 yards receiving gave him his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season, a Redbird record, and his third 200-yard receiving game at Illinois State
His twelve touchdowns for the year are second on the school's single-season record list behind Rickey Garrett's thirteen in 1998
With his ten receptions, Robinson passed Clarence Collins for second on the career receptions list at ISU with 148 (Garrett has 177, 1996-99)
Robinson's 292 yards receiving were his second 200-yard receiving game of the season and his 14 catches were his third double-figure reception game of the season
Illinois State's 70 points are the third-highest game scoring total in Redbird football history and the highest since a 75-0 win over West Virginia Tech in 2000
Head to Head Competition-CB#1-John Jordan.
Robinson started all eleven games at split end, leading the team with 47 receptions for 564 yards (12.0 avg) and seven touchdowns
Also added three solo tackles
30 of his 47 catches resulted in first downs, including converting 10-of-18 third-down plays
Of the 94 passes targeted to Laurent, seventeen were deflected by the opposition
Had seven grabs for 20 yards or longer and made six catches inside the red zone
Added key receptions on eight touchdown drives and another that ended with an ISU field goal
Drew the opposition into three penalties.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Behind a balanced running attack, the Illinois State football team wasted little time taking control of its home opener, beating Saint Xavier 44-14, as Robinson produced the first 100-yard game for his career, hauling in four passes for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns
QB Vance Vaughn connected with Robinson on a fade route for a 17-yard score in the second quarter
Vaughn again found Laurent on a seam pass for a 74-yard touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter
Robinson was the first Redbird to catch a 70-yard pass since Dwayne Smith vs. Illinois in 2003
Head to Head Competition-CB#20-Rocky Agnone.
Minnesota pulled out a 37-21 win over Illinois State, thanks largely to corner-back Trumaine Banks, who stalled a Redbirds' first quarter drive with an interception in the end zone on a pass intended for Laurent
Robinson snared nine passes for 80 yards, with three of those receptions resulting in first downs, but ISU QB Vance Vaughn misfired all day, as four of the nineteen passes he threw to Laurent were deflected and another six were off target
Head to Head Competition-CB#4-Trumaine Banks.
Despite a fourth quarter deficit, the Illinois State football team came back on two late touchdowns, which resulted in a 35-31 victory, as Laurent managed only 22 yards on two catches, but one of those receptions resulted in a 15-yard touchdown on a toss from QB Vance Vaughn to cap a 7-play, 51-yard drive late in the first quarter
Talking to the media about the Eastern Illinois defense, Robinson replied, "They surprised us by playing man-to-man all game. I thought we were going to throw more, but we weren't able to. Fortunately, what we did worked. Our team was able to pull through in the clutch. The offense pulled together in the end and we were able to come out with the win."
With less than five minutes left to play, Laurent rallied the Redbirds when EIU cornerback Ben Brown was called for pass interference on a pass intended for Robinson, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by Earl Newby that capped an 80-yard, 8-play drive on the way to victory
Head to Head Competition-CB#7-B.J. Brown.
Robinson made five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, as Illinois State fought back from a 21-point deficit, to force overtime for the first time since November 11th, 2000. However, a QB Vance Vaughn missed on nine other throws to Laurent (two were deflected) and a Redbird fumble at the one-yard line in the second extra period forced the ?Birds into a do-or-die situation, and Indiana State was able to capitalize as place-kicker Kyle Hooper knocked down a 36-yard field goal to give the Sycamores a 41-38 victory
The Redbirds came out with a flurry of activity in the fourth quarter. Laurent helped the Redbirds cut the lead to seven on a 14-yard scoring pass from Vance Vaughan with 12:30 left in the fourth quarter
Earlier in the second quarter, Robinson made a key tackle when he brought down John Jordan after the defensive back intercepted a Vaughn pass at the Indiana State 5-yard line
Head to Head Competition-CB#1-John Jordan.
Southwest Missouri (Missouri State)
Laurent gained 66 yards on nine receptions with a touchdown, as a 35-yard game-winning field goal by Stephen Carroll with 12 seconds left gave the Illinois State football team a 34-31 victory over the SMS Bears on Family Day
Robinson had set up Carroll's second quarter 38-yard field goal with a 9-yard grab and an 11-yarder on a third-&-11 play
The Redbirds stalled an SMS drive midway through the fourth quarter when Niall Campbell recovered a Cody Pratt fumble on the ISU 2-yard line. That turnover led to a 15-play, 99-yard scoring drive that resulted in a 9-yard touchdown catch by Robinson on a third-&-5 play, tying the game at 31 apiece
Head to Head Competition-CB#1-Darren Barnett.
Robinson followed with two catches for 30 yards and had another touch-down for the fourth consecutive game, but a fourth quarter interception by Western Illinois' Marlan McLaughlin in the end zone helped seal a 40-31 win over the Illinois State
Robinson beat a pair of defenders to snatch a 14-yard flag pass from Vance Vaughn to cap an 8-play, 80-yard drive in the second quarter
Laurent also tackled Charles Hayden after the defender intercepted a Vaughn pass at the WIU 24 at the start of second half, stopping Hayden after a 14-yard return (WIU would be penalized 10 yards for an illegal block on Robinson during that play)
Head to Head Competition-CB#5-Fu'ad Khaleel.
Robinson had only one reception for 22 yards, as ISU relied on a 52-yard punt return for a touchdown (first punt run back by an ISU player in eighteen years) in the fourth quarter gave the Redbirds the go-ahead touchdown, leading to a 30-24 win over Youngstown State
Laurent made a key play when he tackled Mike Bracken at the ISU 43 after the defender picked off a Vance Vaughn pass midway through the first quarter
Head to Head Competition-CB#1-Jason Perry.
A Western Kentucky defensive stop late in the fourth quarter was the difference in the Hilltoppers' 24-21 win over Illinois State on Saturday, keeping the Red-birds winless on the road this season at 0-4
Robinson made three catches for 53 yards, setting up QB Vance Vaughn's 36-yard scoring strike to Jason Horton in the second quarter with a 32-yard reception during a 5-play, 80-yard drive
Robinson would later add a 20-yard catch with 2:54 left in the game
Two of the nine passes targeted for Laurent were deflected and four others were off-target
Head to Head Competition-CB#6-Antonio Thomas.
Laurent came up with four catches for 53 yards, as all four receptions were good for first downs Southern Illinois used a high-powered aerial attack to beat Illinois State Saturday, 41-14, and clinch a share of the Gateway Conference regular-season title and claim the league's automatic bid to the I-AA Playoffs, despite QB Vance Vaughn failing to hit Robinson on nine other throws (three were deflected), including three consecutive misfires on a mid-second quarter drive
Head to Head Competition-CB#21-Brandon Bruner.
Northern Iowa scored on its first five possessions and handed Illinois State a 41-14 loss in the final Gateway Football Conference game for both teams, but Laurent managed to grab six passes for 31 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown on a first-&-goal toss from QB Vance Vaughn with 1:26 left in the first half to finish a 10-play, 88-yard drive
Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Dre Dokes.
Robinson had two receptions for 41 yards in the season finale, including a 31-yarder on a third-&-5 toss from Vance Vaughan with a little over seven minutes left in the game, but a few plays later, Vaughn threw his fifth interception for the day, ending a 7-play, 50-yard drive
Head to Head Competition-CB#24-Willie Hughley.
Laurent appeared in twelve games, starting six contests, including the team's final five, as he tied the school freshman receiving record with three touchdowns on the season and ranked second on the squad with nineteen catches for 260 yards (13.7 avg)
Fourteen of his grabs resulted in first downs, as Laurent converted 9-of-10 third-down plays and had five catches for 20 yards or longer
Also came up with key catches on five touchdown drives while lining up at flanker.
|2003 Game Analysis|
Came off the bench, catching his first career pass on a 7-yard screen toss from QB Mike Souza.
Earned his first collegiate start, but did not catch any passes, as QB Mike Souza misfired on two throws to Robinson while another two throws were deflected
Head to Head Competition-CB#5-Christian Morton.
Robinson scored his first career touchdown on a 22-yard throw from QB Mike Souza on a third-&-17 play at the 5:00 mark of the first quarter.
Robinson came off the bench, catching one of three passes thrown to him (two were deflected) for a 4-yard gain.
Laurent gained 34 yards on three catches, including an 18-yarder that converted a third-&-16 play early in the second quarter and also beat a pair of defenders down the sidelines to snatch a 21-yard touchdown toss by Mike Souza on the Redbirds' next drive.
Robinson's only reception was a 9-yarder.
Laurent was credited with 34 yards on three receptions, grabbing a third-&-10 toss from Mike Souza for a 16-yard gain in the second quarter and added an 11-yarder on a third-&-2 strike from Souza with ten minutes left to play.
Robinson returned to the starting lineup for the team's final five games, but did not catch any passes
Head to Head Competition-CB#23-Carl Birts.
Robinson totaled 23 yards on two catches with a 10-yard score on a third-&-goal toss from Mike Souza at the 9:36 mark of first quarter to end a 9-play, 68-yard drive
Laurent also kept a third quarter drive alive with a 10-yard gain on a third-&-4 throw from Souza
With 1:52 left in the game, Robinson recovered an onside kickoff to preserve a 35-25 ISU victory
Head to Head Competition-CB#1-Jason Perry.
Despite leading for three quarters Saturday against Western Illinois, the Illinois State football team allowed a go-ahead touchdown with 57 seconds left as the Redbirds dropped a 24-20 decision. Robinson finished the day with 31 yards on a pair of catches, including a 26-yarder on a third-&-4 screen pass from Mike Souza at the start of the second half
Head to Head Competition-CB#1-James Wright.
Southwest Missouri (Missouri State)
Robinson managed 35 yards on two catches
He grabbed a third-&-10 throw from Mike Souza for a 28-yard gain late in the first quarter, followed with a 7-yarder on a third-&-5 play to set up a 28-yard touchdown run by ISU's LaShawn Bullock at the start of the second half
Laurent also had a third-&-7 catch for an 8-yard gain, but the play was nullified by an ISU holding penalty early in the fourth quarter
Head to Head Competition-CB#1-Anthony Sullivan.
The Illinois State seniors ended their careers on a winning note, topping the Indiana State Sycamores in the final game of the season, 38-3, as Robinson chipped in with four receptions for 56 yards, including a 9-yarder on a third-&-6 toss from QB Mike Souza that set up Souza's 29-yard scoring pass to Mike Larson to cap a 79-yard, 8-play drive with 11:32 left to play
Head to Head Competition-CB#21-Kyle James.
2004: Bothered in March camp with a right ankle sprain, but did not miss any playing time.
2005: Suffered bruised ribs vs. Western Illinois (10/29), but still managed to catch six passes for 84 yards.
2006: Suffered a right ankle sprain when he was hit from behind (opponent penalized) while covering on a kickoff return during the fourth quarter of the Kansas State game (9/02). Robinson returned to action for several plays, but was forced to sit out the following games vs. Central Arkansas (9/09) and Eastern Illinois (9/16). X-rays and an MRI revealed no fracture
Re-injured his ankle vs. Southern Illinois (10/14), missing the next two games vs. Western Illinois (10/21) and Youngstown State (10/28).
Campus: 4.44 in the 40-yard dash
310-pound bench press
37-inch vertical jump
32 1/4-inch arm length
15/22 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 4.41 in the 40-yard dash
1.53 10-yard dash
2.5 20-yard dash
4.28 20-yard shuttle
11.45 60-yard shuttle
6.83 three-cone drill
39-inch vertical jump
10'7" broad jump
Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times.
Attended Rockledge (Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Chuck Wood
Led the team to consecutive state championships (squad posted back to back 14-1 records, 2001-02)
Earned All-State honorable mention, All-Space Coast first-team and All-Conference accolades as a senior, coming up with 55 receptions for 903 yards and 11 touchdowns
Those figures far surpassed his junior year, when he managed only 70 yards and a score on six catches
Lettered four times each in football, basketball and track teams, earning starting jobs in basketball and football as a junior.
Communication Studies major
Twice named to the AFNI Honor Roll
Son of Linda and Mike Brown and Wayne Robinson
Born Laurent (pronounced loor-RAUNT) Robinson on 5/20/85 in Fort Lewis, Washington
Resides in Rockledge, Florida.