“I was a little homesick at first, but now I'm living it,” Robinson said. “And I'm glad I stuck around. I talked to my parents about it. They told me God told me to stay here, so I listened to my parents. They never lead me wrong.”
Though Young said Robinson made a fair share of mistakes last season, he contributed with 21 tackles (three for loss), one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry and that sack against A&M.
Then came Robinson's critical second offseason, where coaches noticed an immediate surge in his development.
He was breezing through the conditioning drills during the winter program. Young called the middle of spring practice Robinson's turning point as far as effort and grasp of the Cowboys' defensive scheme. Robinson said he spent a large chunk of his summer studying plays.
OSU coach Mike Gundy is now seeing the results during fall camp, where Robinson has gotten a bump in practice reps as the projected starter.
“Ryan finishes practice now much differently than he did last year,” Gundy said. “It's because he's been here now. He understands the commitment and it's going to be OK and (that) you're tired but push through it.
“It would have been nice to have him for two more years and been in our program … to really, really have a chance to develop. But it is what it is with him being a two-year guy.”
With that continued growth, Young hopes plays like that Tannehill sack become routine, rather than an unexpected flash, during Robinson's senior season.
“We need him to really step up and have a super year,” Young said. “We feel he has all the tools and the mindset to do that.”