Kentucky Football’s Davonte Robinson gearing up for comeback

Robinson played in all 13 games of the 2018 season, but missed last season with a quadriceps injury

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LEXINGTON, KY (WTVQ) – In the SEC, it all starts up front, but if you don’t have a strong secondary, then teams will throw it all over the yard.

The last two seasons, the Cats had one of the best secondaries in the nation. During that Citrus Bowl run, then sophomore and Former Henry Clay standout Davonte Robinson had the chance to learn from guys headed to the NFL.

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“I kinda played behind Mike (Edwards) and behind D-West (Darius West) and I feel like they helped me a lot with everything that I was doing,” said Robinson. “And even when I was on the field, even if I made the wrong check they would correct me and they’d back me up. It was just a blessing playing with them.”

While he spent his time behind upperclassmen, Robinson found himself as part of a ridiculous play down in the Swamp. On the final play of the game, Kentucky’s Josh Allen would hit Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks. The ball was knocked toward Robinson. He would scoop and score, but was it a fumble or an incomplete pass? After much deliberation by the referees, it was ruled a fumble. It would seal the end of Florida’s 31-game winning streak against UK.

“Everyone told me like Stoops was yelling run, I didn’t hear it at all. I picked up the ball. You see I took off at first,” Robinson said recalling the play. “I was thinking it was dead, but I thought I heard a whistle. They said there wasn’t a whistle. And it’s like when I got to the goal line, l clearly remember seeing a ref do the touchdown sign. No one else said they saw him do it, but I’m like I swear I seen him do it.”

Headed into last season after losing the entire secondary, Robinson was the only returner who had started any games. He wouldn’t play a single game last season after suffering a quad injury during the preseason.

“Physically, I feel like it was a really good thing for me. Mentally, it came along towards the third or fourth week I just had to just buckle down and put my head down and grind at it really.”

From the sidelines Robinson would see an incredibly young secondary end the season giving up the second fewest passing yards in the nation.

“They’re great athletes and I had no doubt in my mind they were gonna be great. They went out and proved a point,” said Robinson. “Everyone doubted them even when I went down everyone was doubting them. I knew in the back of my head our defense is gonna be alright.”

Robinson says he was set to be cleared after spring ball, but the pandemic has pushed that back. Nevertheless, he says he’ll be ready for the kickoff of the season and ready to once again show everyone they’re still underestimating Kentucky.

“Proving more people wrong. I’m looking to just being out there with the guys, even the new guys who transferred in. I’m just ready to see what our defense is gonna do. Our offense, we have Terry coming back and I know he wants to prove a point also and I’m just ready for the season.”

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas