There’s an old adage that says ‘it’s not the size of a man, but the size of his heart that matters.’
If that’s actually true, then the No. 3 Oregon Ducks should have a giant sized advantage at strong safety this season with the prowess and heart of strong safeties Reggie Daniels and Tyree Robinson.
Both Daniels and Robinson stand at 6’1 and 6’4 respectively and both weigh in at nearly 205 lbs.
Now, add that size with their gazelle-like speed and toughness and you’ve got a strong side secondary that could be one of the best in the Pac-12,… if not in the country.
“I think size” said Robinson when asked this week what he and Daniels bring to the safety position.
“We’re so big with our size we’re able to cover a lot of the field,…make a lot of plays on the ball when the balls in the air. The coaches are really confident that we’re going to make plays on the ball. So just with our size,… we’ve never had that size in the secondary in a long time so we’re just expecting a lot of great things.”
For first year defensive coordinator Don Pellum, having both Daniels and Robinson is a talented luxury most teams don’t have.
“The battle at safety between ( Tyree ) Robinson and ( Reggie ) Daniels has been tremendous. It’s been what this team needs, because we’re going to need both of those guys. We’re going to need two-deep everywhere to be successful” said Pellum this week when asked about the contest at strong safety.
Like most young players, Robinson says he took advantage of last years redshirt season to learn from veterans like Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson to hone his craft and just get better.
“It helped me a lot” explained Robinson in reference to taking his redshirt season.
“When I first came in here I was just really running and not really knowing what I was doing …just really running to the ball. but my redshirt year just made me just get better,…learn how to compete and just finish every time even when things aren’t going your way. You always have to give your 100% effort at all times.”
VIDEO: Watch the Tyree Robinson press briefing by clicking on the video box above.