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Linden's Robinson performs in clutch


Linden’s Anthony Robinson Jr. fills at least five roles. (Photo by T.G. Paschal)


Linden football player Anthony Robinson has taken all-purpose to an entirely new level.

The quarterback, free safety, kick returner, extra-point kicker and punter has pushed the Patriots to a 7-0 record as they try to atone for their loss in the Class 1A state championship game last season.

Robinson’s production has come right when the Patriots have needed it the most this season. In Linden’s 34-14 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal, Robinson carried the ball four times for 36 yards while also completing three of five passes for 70 yards. Sixty-two of Robinson’s 70 passing yards came on two 31-yard touchdown passes.

Robinson also made six tackles.

"He’s been a leader for us for the last three years," Linden coach Andro Williams said. "He’s a real gamer on the field."

He’s key off the field also, providing an example for the team to follow.

"You’re not going to find him in places you’re not supposed to be doing things you’re not supposed to do," Williams said. "He’s always being a great student-athlete."

Robinson brings an interesting combination of business and fun to the game that fuels Linden.

"He comes to work" Williams said. "He’s going to be business-like.

"He’s not business-like all the time, though. He has fun playing this game. That’s the way it’s supposed to be."

Robinson has been having his fair share of fun on the ground, where he has scored seven touchdowns, including on big runs of 37, 22 and 81 yards.

While most quarterbacks use finesse to break longer runs, Robinson has crafted his own style.

"I like to be more powerful than anything," Robinson said. "I have to be smart in situations. I’ll be more powerful when we need a first down."

Robinson recently got an opportunity to show off his arm, throwing for 262 yards on 13-for-16 passing and five touchdowns in a 58-0 defeat of Marengo last week.

While Robinson has found a way to make his arm a threat to the opposing defense, he is stopping the other team’s quarterback on defense.

Robinson broken up four passes this season in addition to his two interceptions, one of which he returned 65 yards for a touchdown.

Robinson said he tries to find a running lane immediately when he intercepts a pass. Playmaking clearly comes naturally to Robinson, who has also returned one punt for a touchdown.

Robinson will lead the Patriots on the road to face John Essex on Friday.