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Diamond Talk: James Robinson, RB, Illinois State University | The best running back in the FCS

The best running back in the entire FCS plays for Illinois State and I expect a huge season from him in 2019.

James Robinson enters his senior season fifth on the Illinois State career rushing list with 2,545 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns.  He will probably not catch Marshaun Coprich who had 5,196 yards, he does have a very decent chance at finishing 2nd All-Time.

The 5’10 running back weighs 220 pounds and is a first team All-American for his second straight season. J-Rob led the league last year in rushing yards with 1,290 and tied for second in the FCS with 12 rushing touchdowns.  He averaged 117.3 yards per game and a very impressive 6.3 yards per carry.

This entire journey started back in high school. Let’s take you back to James high school career where he was the most elusive running back the state had ever seen. Scout and Rivals both ranked James a 2 star recruit, and I still cannot figure how that happened.

After four years in high school, James set the IHSA All-Time Leading Rusher bar at 9,045 yards and 158 career touchdowns. No this was not a Madden game, this was real life. He is also an avid basketball player with a jump shot.  While many Division 1 schools in the area had a shot at Robinson they decided to look at a website’s rankings rather than the film, because if they would have watched the film of Robinson they would have known he is special.

If you watch James Robinson right now and feel he is not the best running back in the FCS, you should apply for Rivals or Scout, because all of y’all are crazy.  James Robinson is a future NFL running back, and he will be a force at the next level.

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