November 18, 2010

The decision is in concerning Keenan Robinson's future at Texas

Junior LB Keenan Robinson will return to Texas for his senior season, his father, Aubrey Smith, told on Thursday night.

"Yes, he'll be back," Aubrey Smith said. "He'll still seek a draft evaluation."

The draft evaluation is conducted by the NFL for juniors in college to gain information about where they are projected to be drafted and to get feedback from the NFL about what a player might need to work on to improve his stock.

According to my NFL sources, Robinson projects as a second- or third-round draft pick in 2011, if he were to come out after this season.

Robinson met with Will Muschamp in the last week and told his defensive coordinator that he plans to return to Texas to continue working on his game and help turn around the team, sources said.

Robinson is currently Texas' leading tackler (96 stops). He has forced one fumble, recovered two others and leads the team with two interceptions. He also has two sacks.

Robinson also has the team's only non-offensive touchdown this season with a 10-yard fumble return against Rice in Week 1.

MY TAKE: This is quite a coup for Texas and the defense, primarily because Robinson is not only a huge playmaker but also will be one of the team's top leaders in 2011.

UT's linebackers should be stocked next year with Robinson, Emmanuel Acho and Jordan Hicks all back, and Tevin Jackson and Aaron Benson coming off redshirt seasons.

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