Let me just begin this article by saying this: Chapel Hill was not bowl eligible this season. Gene Robinson was a returning senior with a first year coach and a completely new defensive scheme facing him. He still had 43 tackles in 11 games. That speaks volumes to the type of player and man he is.
The 5’11, 200 pound Memphis native averaged 3.9 tackles per game and was a true anchor on the defensive side of the ball. By bringing a level of experience to a younger team, Robinson was much more important than just the numbers he put up—as impressive as they were. He’s a beast in the backfield and packs a hard punch at 200 pounds for being under six foot. The course of last season saw him lay the wood on receivers.
More than anything, UNC’s cornerbacks have had a fairly rough go in this past year. It was the Tar Heels’ Achilles Heel (no pun intended). UNC’s Larry Fedora must have thanked his lucky stars for the fact that Gene Robinson was back there to anchor his young secondary. The senior had a true nose for the ball. Tar Heel nation just hopes that the rest of the cornerback core had some of Gene Robinson’s tenacity rub off on them.
So where does UNC look for out of it secondary next year? That’s the 64 thousand-dollar question. It can be possibly the most important question Larry Fedora must address. I do know it will be impossible to replace a guy like Gene Robinson. Coupling the facts that UNC didn’t have a chance to play in a bowl game and it was Fedora’s first year and it was a young secondary, it makes this season for Gene Robinson that much more impressive. Tar Heels from all over salute him today.