REDSHIRT REPORT - Tyree Robinson
Robinson is a highly versatile athlete who exceled on both sides of the football as well as the basketball court for Lincoln high school in San Diego. Rated as a four-star prospect coming out of high school he played very well as a true freshman but was able to redshirt due to a strong depth chart at safety that season.
In the spring game he was solid with four tackles, an interception and a pass breakup.
Robinson originally signed with his brother Tyrell who left the team during the offseason.
Defensive backs coach John Neal raves about Tyree’s athleticism.
“The sky is the limit with him,” said Neal. “What I love about Tyree in fact all of the kids is that they are learning. We throw the book at them hard. Tyree, the guy is a special athlete. I’m not sure if I’ve had a better athlete ever. He can really go.”
Like most Neal-trained defensive backs, Tyree is capable of stepping in at multiple positions.
“He will play safety for us and he can play both safeties that we have,” said Neal. “I did throw him at corner a little this spring because he has got that kind of skill. I’ve done that with Erick Dargan. And in a contrast I put Troy and Ifo inside quite a bit too so they can have multiple jobs for us.
“You can get thin in a million different ways. The last two years I don’t know how we hobbled into the end of the season and finished the year. I am glad that nobody knew we only had six guys we could put in a game against Texas last year and that’s scary.”
This spring the Oregon staff made the decision to implement as much of the playbook as possible.
“As a coach you always balance between how much installation do we want to do versus how much you want to spend time getting better at things,” explained Neal. “This spring we wanted to really up the knowledge and force feed these guys to see what they know because they have to play and they’re going to play.
“There are so many details involved. It is always a continual battle of details to finish. But in terms of understanding and learning, lining up correctly and communicating, I have been happy with the whole group of young men. I love the way they are in meetings. They are attentive, they write stuff down and they are striving to get better.”
Tyree Robinson has an opportunity for extensive playing time in 2014 based upon his redshirt season performance, spring camp and the safety position itself. With both of last year’s starters, Avery Patterson and Brian Jackson graduated, Erick Dargan is the only player back with extensive game experience.
Robinson will compete for playing time this fall with the senior Dargan, sophomore Reggie Daniels, fellow redshirt freshman Juwaan Williams and junior Issac Dixon.