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Kam Robinson, an impact player as a freshman, looks to become a force at LB for Virginia

Chris Graham
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Kam Robinson, a four-star recruit who was the big get in Virginia’s 2023 prep signing class, was an immediate impact player at linebacker, even though he was playing a bit small.

“I was playing last year at, like, 225, so I was small out there, just doing it. Like, I wasn’t gonna let, just, because I was small, you know, mess up my game, because I know I can play with those dudes. I just had to get in my head at first, because I was playing a little timid, because I was, like, I’m just trying to do everything right, and I tried to do nothing wrong, and then that’s when you start messing up,” Robinson told reporters after a spring practice last week.

Robinson felt like he hit his stride in Week 4, in a 24-21 last-second loss to NC State, which went on to finish with nine wins.

Robinson had 11 tackles, a sack and a QB pressure on 65 snaps in the NC State game, and in the process added another level to what Virginia could do on defense.

Robinson finished his freshman season with 71 tackles, ranking third on the defense, 4.5 tackles for loss, which ranked second, and a team-leading two INTs, including a picksix in the 31-24 loss to then-#11 Louisville.

Robinson got a lot of reps in his true-freshman season, 474 snaps, and he earned a linebacker-unit-best 71.4 grade from Pro Football Focus.

He feels like he’s just scratching the surface in terms of his ability to be disruptive.

“I’ve been just trying to get the little details right, like, to add discipline, fitting the right gaps, learning the whole defense, getting the D line straight, DBs, secondary, just trying to get all those little things right to better my game,” Robinson said.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].