June 24, 2024

Cory Robinson, a defensive analyst for Tennessee, is anticipated to rejoin the NFL coaching staff as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ next cornerbacks coach. Robinson has just been in Knoxville for a year when he is most likely leaving the Volunteers program. Before getting back on the coaching wagon, he helped the Vols turn around their defense and oversaw an improvement that moved Tennessee from 91st in the country to 32nd in total defense in only one season.

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Although it is against the rules for analysts to train players one-on-one or have off-campus recruiting trips, Robinson supported Tennessee’s defensive coaching staff, focusing mostly on the defensive backs. At the conclusion of the 2023 season, seven defensive backs, including starters Doneiko Slaughter and Tamarion McDonald, entered the transfer portal, ranking the Vols’ passing defense No. 64 in the FBS with 221.5 yards allowed per game.

After three years in the NFL, Robinson spent his lone year as a college football coach at Tennessee. Prior to moving up to a college position in 2015, the former student-athlete at Central Connecticut State started his coaching career at the high school level. During his first FBS tenure, he attended Toledo, Temple, Rutgers, and Maryland.

The 2017 season at Temple, where he assisted the Owls in leading the American Athletic Conference in pass defense by surrendering just 206.8 yards per game via the air, was Robinson’s best season among those stops. At the four previously named universities, he oversaw defensive backs and then took on the role of passing game coordinator at Rutgers and Maryland.

Robinson’s first NFL position was as an assistant defensive backs coach with the New Orleans Saints in 2020. His 2021 squad placed third in touchdown passes allowed, sixth in total defense, and fourth in scoring defense in the league.

In contrast, Tennessee may be ready for another successful season on the defensive end of the ball despite its exodus of transfers. Numerous immediate impact transfers committed to the Vols, including defensive lineman Jaxson Moi from Stanford and former Oregon State cornerback Jermod McCoy.

But Nico Iamaleava, the Vols’ second-year quarterback, and his capacity to elevate the offense to new heights will be crucial to the team’s success in 2024. In his first year at the top of the depth chart, the former five-star recruit looks to be one of the SEC’s best starting signal-callers. He had an impressive performance against the renowned Iowa defense in the Citrus Bowl, completing 12-of-19 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown in addition to running for three more touchdowns.

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