Former Alabama running back Keilan Robinson is transferring to the Texas Longhorns. Robinson’s decision means a reunion with his former offensive coordinator and now Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian.
Robinson went into the transfer portal last week. He opted out of the 2020 season after appearing in eight games as a freshman, which is when he rushed 28 times for 254 yards and two touchdowns.
Texas was one of the first schools to reach out to Robinson, and they had to hold off competition from Oklahoma, Michigan, California, Jackson State and Maryland.
According to 247sports, the familiarity and trust Robinson had with Steve Sarkisian, and the fact Sarkisian knows Robinson’s skill set first hand, let to the decision. 247Sports had Robinson ranked as the No. 15 running back in the country in the Class of 2019, the No. 2 player in Washington D.C. and a Top 300 player nationally.
And while Bijan Robinson is clearly the man of the Texas backfield, Keilan Robinson will be right there to possibly create a nice 1-2 punch, and if nothing more, add a lot of depth to the running backs room in Austin.
However, with Bijan getting Heisman odds, this will likely force those to take a hit, as Sarkisian may want more depth in his backfield to keep guys like Bijan fresh throughout the season.
In nine games and only 86 carries, Robinson rushed for 703 yards, good for 8.2 yards per carry, and four touchdowns. Against Kansas State in the season finale, he had nine carries for 172 yards with three touchdowns. Then in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado, Robinson broke the Big 12 freshman rushing record in a bowl game and had the most rushing yards in a bowl game for Texas since the 2006 Rose Bowl when Vince Young ran wild on USC for a title. Bijan touched the ball 12 times for a whopping 220 yards and had three touchdowns.