By ANTHONY GAGLIANO, Times Staff Writer
Published November 11, 2005
Kylan Robinson's story sounds like a movie waiting to happen. The new kid in town, from Alaska no less, starts playing defensive line, then becomes the star tailback when injuries and suspensions take out the first- and second-stringers. Only, the big game isn't the storybook ending. Things keep getting better.
Robinson burst on the scene for Chamberlain with 402 yards rushing and three touchdowns Oct. 14 against Alonso. Robinson, a receiver his first three seasons at East Anchorage, hasn't slowed down. He's rushed for 195 yards in the Chiefs' final three regular-season games. Robinson made the move solely to get a football scholarship. He came to Chamberlain after his cousin, Joseph Scott, relocated to Tampa near the end of last year. The 400-yard effort has brought Robinson 4-5 offers, "and that's probably all the ones who know about him," said Chamberlain coach Billy Turner.
Robinson's dream is to play for the University of Miami. "I've always wanted to go there because of the tradition and their great running backs," Robinson said.
Wednesday, Turner spoke with 'Canes offensive coordinator Dan Werner, comparing Robinson to ex-Miami star Willis McGahee.
"He has powerful legs," Turner said of the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Robinson. "Plus, he can step and cut. He doesn't dance."
His speed has made for plenty of long touchdowns, especially against the playoff-bound Ravens. He had TDs of 83, 72 and 82 yards vs. Alonso and, when the coaching staff urged Turner to put him back in to break 400, Robinson had a 50-yarder nullified by a penalty. To think it all started because of a kickoff return. "He was one of our upbacks, and he jumped to grab the kickoff," assistant Brian Turner said. "He ran it back, and Coach Turner said: "That guy could play running back.' " The Chiefs began the year without one returning offensive starter, yet they're in the playoffs a seventh straight season. Robinson has grabbed the headlines, but Billy Turner said it's not all about the fairytale story at tailback.
"I don't know that he's meant the difference in any of those wins or losses," Turner said. "But, I'd be lying to say people who've seen us play don't know they have to stop him."