MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — In its most recent game, Alabama yielded seven sacks—several of those coming over and around All-American left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
With Kouandjio leaving school early to become a second-round NFL pick, the Crimson Tide knew it would be breaking in a new starter. But the odds on breaking in a true freshman at the spot were daunting.
Enter Cam Robinson, the highly prized recruit who appears destined to start Saturday’s season opener against West Virginia.
At 6-foot-6, 323 pounds and blessed with long arms, Robinson was the crowning piece in Alabama’s top-ranked recruiting class last February. He enrolled for spring semester and developed rapidly, working his way up the depth chart and repping with the first-team offensive line throughout preseason camp.
Yes, he looks like a beast with a brilliant future, but how reliable will he be on opening day? He’s likely to be tested by three seniors from the West Virginia—defensive ends Shaq Riddick and Dontrill Hyman, along with Will linebacker Brandon Golson. Then there’s junior Edward Muldrow, another pass-rushing linebacker who could create problems with his speed off the edge.
For more on how the Mountaineers might attack Robinson, check out the video above.