Josh Evans: Importance of Travaris Robinson

The coaching carousel is twirling full tilt in Gainesville this holiday season. With the ever-swinging door of the Gators football facility, one person that seems to be toying at the hinges is Travaris Robinson, or T-Rob is he is colloquially known.

Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson and UF Spring Game 2011/Tim Casey

The Florida football defensive backs coach has been with the Gators since 2011, when he was hired by Will Muschamp into his position. Robinson has been apart of Muschamp and Tommy Tuberville coaching tree his whole career. A native of Miami, Florida, Robinson played for Tuberville at Auburn and then spent three years in the NFL. In 2006 he returned to the Plains to join Tuberville and new defensive coordinator Muschamp as a graduate assistant.

After wrapping up his fourth year Robinson has proved crucial to the Gators success in numerous ways. Players often laud Robinson’s ability to connect to the guys and get the best out of them in games. It shows, as Florida’s secondary has consistently been dominant, even in 2014 when many expected a drop off with a new wave of players coming in.

Now with that carousel picking up speed fueled by rumors of Robinson possibly joining Muschamp at Auburn, the questions arises, how vital is it to retain Robinson on new head coach Jim McElwain’s staff?

Florida Gators defensive back Vernon Hargreaves, III and Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell leap into the air for the ball late in the fourth quarter of Florida vs. Georgia/David Bowie.

Former Gators safety Josh Evans (now with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL) says that keeping Robinson is key to sustaining the success Florida has come to know in the backfield.

“I mean you got Vernon Hargreaves and them young guys there, that’s future NFL players and when you’ve got a great position coach like him you want to keep him there and build on that communication and chemistry. It’s tough to learn a technique for your first two years in college and then you bring in a whole new guy and you’re learning a whole new way of playing the game.”

Evans goes on to say that chemistry and consistency is just one facet of Robinson’s value though.

“He’s a great coach, young coach, understands the game… So it’s just great to have somebody like him who played in the NFL, understand the position and fundamentally sound.”

As someone who played under Robinson when the Gators defense led the team to an 11-win season, and now starts in the NFL, Evans is excited about what he perceives as a bright future with Robinson at the helm.

“They got a good defense, young players, definitely secondary…them boys play well. You have freshman coming in here catching interceptions and I think it’s a credit to him.”

Some of those freshmen, Jalen Tabor, Duke Dawson and Quincy Wilson would make many a DB coach flock to Gainesville to be their new coach. But as a former student under Robinson’s tutelage, Josh Evans knows who the best guy for the job is.

“I’m a big fan of T-Rob.”

Defensive Backs and DB coach T. Robinson at UF 2014 Team Banquet/Monique Dawson Instagram
Defensive Backs and DB coach T. Robinson at UF 2014 Team Banquet/Monique Dawson Instagram
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Kassidy Hill
Born into a large family of sports fanatics and wordsmiths alike, sports journalism came natural to Kassidy. It’s more than a passion; it’s simply a part of who she is. Hailing from Alabama in the midst of typical Iron Bowl family, she learned very quickly just how deep ties in the SEC could run. She came to Gainesville after college to pursue a degree as television sports reporter but quickly realized she missed writing. She’s excited to now marry the two aspects for Gator fans. She loves Jesus, her daddy and football; wants to be Billy Donovan’s best friend and firmly believes that offensive lineman are the best people on earth. Follow her on Twitter @KassidyGHill