OXFORD, Miss. — As we count down the days until the Ole Miss season opener against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl, we are releasing who we think the Top 50 Most Impactful Players will be for the Rebels this season. This series is a way for Ole Miss fans to learn more about players to keep an eye on this fall.
With 31 days before kickoff, coming in at No. 31…
Austrian Robinson was a consensus three-star defensive lineman according to ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports, hailing from New York, NY when he signed with Ole Miss in the class of 2015. Robinson was the No. 2-ranked player out of the Empire State. As a junior and senior at Trinity-Pawling School, he notched 65 tackles and 10 sacks before signing with the Rebels.
Robinson was redshirted during the 2015 football season. As a redshirt freshman in 2016, he played in five games and recorded four tackles and a sack. His redshirt sophomore season was Robinson’s breakout year when he registered 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks while appearing in ten games. Last season as a junior, Robinson appeared in 11 games and started in two of them.
During the spring, Robinson was awarded the highest honor an Ole Miss football player can achieve, the Chucky Mullins Courage Award.
🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨
Austrian Robinson wins the Chucky Mullins Courage Award! #HottyToddy 🔵🔴
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) April 6, 2019
“You heard the reaction of the team,” Matt Luke said after the announcement of Robinson as the winner.
“He’s got a blue-collar mentality that everybody respects with his work ethic and the way that he leads. He’s very well-respected. Maybe not flashy for people on the outside looking in, but he exemplifies the courage that I think represents what this award is about.”
Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke
Coach Luke was asked about Robinson’s performance during spring camp. “Very, very steady. Solid every down,” Luke said. “There’s a lot of people that are injured, in and out of practice. He’s battled through every bit of it and he’s played a lot of football for us. Really proud of what he’s been able to do.”
Robinson and Josiah Coatney have been named the co-starters at strong side defensive end heading into fall camp. The move to defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre’s 3-4 scheme should allow Robinson to be a physical presence on the outside, and we fully expect him to have a very impactful senior season on the defensive line this fall.
As for Robinson, he is extremely honored to be chosen to wear the No. 38 jersey this upcoming season.
“It means everything to me, knowing everything that Chucky had going on, to be able to wear the number. I’m not from Mississippi, so I didn’t think I was going to get the award. But it’s an honor. It’s a real honor.”
Keep an eye out for No. 38 this fall!
Top 50 Most Impactful Rebels:
31. Austrian Robinson
32. Quentin Bivens
33. Willie Hibbler
34. Isaiah Woullard
35. Jadon Jackson
36. Grant Tisdale, Kinkead Dent, John Rhys Plumlee
37. Keidron Smith
38. Snoop Conner
39. Michael Howard
40. Vernon Dasher
41. Ryder Anderson
42. D’Vaughn Pennamon
43. C.J. Miller
44. Charles Wiley
45. Sincere David
46. Mac Brown
47. Jason Pellerin
48. Chandler Tuitt
49. Dannis Jackson
50. Jonathan Mingo