Stampeding Through The Roster: The Best #49 In USF History

This was going to be a post about Chase Griffiths before we remembered that he transferred back in April. So instead, we'll choose from some rather slim pickings to decide who the best #49 in USF history was.

Hmm... well, we're not going to give it to a kickoff specialist (Justin Geisler), even if he did crank some deep kickoffs... and Kawika Mitchell was better known for wearing #5, so he doesn't count.... looks like the winner is Chris Robinson!

Robinson came to USF in 2005 from Bunnell, Florida, and Flagler Palm Coast High School, where he played tight end and linebacker (and possibly some running back). After redshirting, Robinson settled at linebacker in 2006 and was a clutch performer. His sack of Steven Moffett ended the game against UCF at the Citrus Bowl, and he forced a fumble by Pat White at West Virginia that George Selvie returned for a touchdown. He ended up with 28 tackles, nine TFL, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles, which tied the Bulls' single-season record.

He moved to defensive end in 2007, but due to injuries and the tandem of Selvie and Jarriett Buie, he didn't see as much playing time. Robinson shuffled between defensive end and linebacker in 2008, then moved back to linebacker full time in 2009 to help fill the losses of Tyrone McKenzie and Brouce Mompremier. Robinson played all 13 games that season and started 10, recording 55 tackles and nine TFL. He also blocked a field goal against Charleston Southern that was returned for a touchdown by Nate Allen.

After his USF career, Robinson signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, but didn't make the final 2010 roster with former teammate S.J. Green. He then signed with the Iowa Barnstormers of the AFL, although he didn't report for the beginning of the 2011 season. It looks like the Barnstormers still hold his rights, but he was suspended by the league for not reporting.

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