The Pride and Joy of Hillcrest High: Brian Robinson Shines in CFP Semifinals
Tuscaloosa native Brian Robinson made a name for himself this season — not only doubling his stats since last year but also continuing to get better game after game.
The Hillcrest High School alumnus rushed for 204 yards in the CFP semifinals against Cincinnati, gaining a majority of the Tide's rushing yards and nearly half the team's total yards. The entire Alabama offense had 301 total rushing yards and 482 total yards.
Cincinnati only gained 216 total yards during the entire contest.
Robinson won the Cotton Bowl's Most Outstanding Offensive Player Award, and set a bowl record for most rush yards in a bowl game by an Alabama player.
"After all that time, just stay the course, trust the process, I knew it would work out in my favor and I just kept working. When the opportunity presented itself, I was ready for it," Robinson said in his post-game interview with ESPN's Molly McGrath.
The 6'1, 225-pound running back has been a force all season, powering through defenses and leaving his opponents helpless. He had five 100-yard rushing games this season, including big games against Texas A&M, Tennessee and Ole Miss. He helped lead this Tide team to a one-loss season, an SEC title, and now a shot at another national championship.
He leads the team in rushing yards at 1,071 and rushing touchdowns at 14. He ranks fifth in receiving yards at 268 and sixth in receiving TDs at 2.
"It's a great feeling man, having the team behind me and giving it my all... I'm just happy to show the world how much this university means to me," Robinson said.
Alabama is headed to Indianapolis, Ind., for the CFP National Championship.
The Crimson Tide takes on the winner of Michigan vs Georgia for all the marbles on January 10, 2022, at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN.