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Tommie Robinson
Running backs coach

Biography

Veteran collegiate assistant Tommie Robinson enters his third season with the Cardinals and sixth in the NFL after being hired as running backs coach on 2/5/10. A 16-year collegiate assistant who coached in eight bowl games, Robinson joined the Cardinals in 2010 after working the previous three seasons as running backs coach for the University of Miami (FL).

Veteran collegiate assistant Tommie Robinson enters his third season with the Cardinals and sixth in the NFL after being hired as running backs coach on 2/5/10. A 16-year collegiate assistant who coached in eight bowl games, Robinson joined the Cardinals in 2010 after working the previous three seasons as running backs coach for the University of Miami (FL).

In 2011, Robinson helped running back Beanie Wells set career highs with 245 carries for 1,047 yards (4.3 yard avg.) and 10 TDs. Wells became the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs in a single season. He also established a franchise record with 228 rushing yards against the St. Louis Rams on 11/27/11, becoming just the third player in franchise history to rush for over 200 yards in a game. 

Robinson joined the Hurricanes after working in 2006 as the running backs coach for the University of Memphis. Prior to joining Memphis, Robinson coached four seasons at Georgia Tech where he worked as an assistant under current Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey, who he played for at Troy State. At Georgia Tech, Robinson coached wide receivers for one season (2002) before tutoring tight ends for the next three seasons (2003-05). During the 2002 season, he worked with standout wide receivers Kerry Watkins and Will Glover, who both finished their careers among the top five receivers in Georgia Tech history. He spent the 2001 season as running backs coach at Oklahoma State where he worked with future NFL running back Tatum Bell.

Prior to coaching at Oklahoma State, Robinson spent three seasons in the NFL as an offensive assistant with the Dallas Cowboys coaching under Gailey. With the Cowboys, Robinson worked with the team’s wide receivers as well as helping out with special teams. While in Dallas, he worked with future Hall of Famers Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, and Troy Aikman. Before joining the Cowboys, Robinson spent time working with the running backs at UNLV (1998), four seasons coaching wide receivers at TCU (1994-97) and two years at Utah State (1992-93) coaching running backs.   

Following his collegiate playing days, Robinson coached at Woodham High School (Pensacola, FL) in 1986-87 and at his alma mater Central High School (Phenix City, AL) from 1987-90 before taking his first college job as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1991.

Throughout his various college stops, Robinson received plenty of experience in the NFL as he served four different minority coaching internships with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins.

A native of Phenix City, AL, Robinson played for Gailey at Troy State where he was part of the 1984 Division II National Championship team. He was a three-year starter at strong safety for the Trojans and served as team captain.

Robinson earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State in 1985. He and his wife, Lartonyar, have three children, sons Dantrell and Trey, and daughter, Tawanda.

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    #CardsCamp Biggest Surprise: WR Chris Hubert. The undrafted free agent out of Fayetteville State had little buzz entering training camp, but quickly established himself by regularly getting open and making catches. He shot up the depth chart, and while it would still be a surprise for him to make the team, Hubert has turned heads. Even a practice squad spot would be a solid accomplishment for the diminutive rookie.
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    #CardsCamp Best Rookie: CB Brandon Williams. The third round pick has taken the field with the starters throughout camp. While there have been some growing pains, the Cardinals are excited about his progress. Williams is a converted running back who has played corner for only a year, but he's catching on quickly and should make an impact quicker than originally expected.
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    #CardsCamp Most Improved: TE Troy Niklas. The former second-round pick was close to bust status after struggling with injuries in his first two seasons, but a healthy training camp has allowed him to make significant strides. Niklas is in the mix for a starting role as he begins to deliver on the vast potential he showed coming out of Notre Dame.
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    #CardsCamp MVP: WR Jaron Brown. The Cardinals have a deep group at wideout, and playing time during the regular season for Brown could be sporadic, but he took advantage of regular work in camp. Brown lined up a lot with the first team because of injuries and seemed to come away with one or two big-time catches in every practice. Brown is a fantastic safety valve to have if he's needed regularly during the season.

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