There’s reason to believe the Cowboys are in a better position to do that now than they were only six years ago. They now have facilities that are second to none. They have recruiting classes that continue to improve. And they have underclassmen that are more talented than some veterans.
Even the veterans say so.
"I definitely think the recruits that OSU was getting five years ago compared to this year and next year, it’s completely different,” Burton said. "We’re getting a lot better athletes.
"I feel like we have a lot of younger guys playing quicker and catching on quicker.”
In constructing a successful program, you have to have the building blocks, and the most basic ones are talented players.
"Oklahoma’s been able to put these top-10 recruiting classes back to back to back to back to back to back,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said. "Hey, they’re tremendous coaches, and they do a tremendous job, but at the same time, having that kind of talent helps.”
The Cowboys have that kind of talent in their senior class, and but only time will tell what those players helped build.
A team or a program?
Robinson, for one, will be disappointed if it’s not the latter.
What happens in the future won’t diminish what he and the rest of the seniors have accomplished, what they will celebrate today and what they will remember for years to come during those team reunions. Still, they would much rather be the start of something special, not the end of it.
"Hopefully,” Robinson said, "we’ll be remembered as a class that kind of took it up to the next level, the whole program.”