GAINESVILLE -- In 2013, the Demarcus Robinson hype-train rapidly approached maximum velocity.
Following explosive spring and fall camps, Robinson, then just a freshman, was touted as Florida's savior at the receiver position, but the heralded four-star wideout failed to produce an impact season after struggling through a suspension-riddled year.
Once again this fall though, coaches and teammates are trumpeting Robinson's talents and teasing a breakout campaign by the sophomore.
“Sometimes you just have to mature a little bit more and that’s what he’s done,” sophomore tailback Kelvin Taylor said.
“He’s ready to put it in the past and he’s ready to look forward to the future. He’s going to have a tremendous year this year, and I’m just so excited for him.”
Taylor, the Gators’ starting running back and Robinson's roomate, called the 6-foot-1, 205 pounder “a freakish athlete” and compared him to San Franciso 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree.
“He’s super fast. He just makes all types of spectacular catches,” Taylor said. “The guy, he reminds me a lot of Crabtree, he’s really good. Anytime the ball’s in the air he’s coming down with it.”
Plagued by off-the-field issues, Robinson tallied just six receptions for 43 yards last season but the sophomore has turned the corner according to his head coach.
“He’s really matured,” Will Muschamp said.
“Demarcus had a very good spring. The game slowed down for him. It’s not add water, instant player. Sometimes it takes a guy a little more time to adapt to the college speed of the game.”
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