Corey Robinson, NBA great’s son, has big day for ND
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 September 21, 2013 11:16PM
Updated: September 21, 2013 11:28PM
SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame freshman wide receiver Corey Robinson had three catches Saturday. All three came on third-down plays that extended drives for the Irish.
Robinson finished with a career-high 54 yards in the 17-13 victory against Michigan State.
“It was great, it was great personally, but my focus is on the team,” Robinson said. “I’m just focused on how I can contribute, whether it is practice or on the field. I’m just trying to make sure that when the opportunity is given to me that I can help the team win.”
The 6-foot-4 freshman is the son of NBA great David Robinson. He has four catches for 66 yards this season.
“He’s a big target,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “He tracks the ball so very well.”
Defensive improvements: Notre Dame limited Michigan State to 254 yards of total offense. Linebackers Carlo Calabrese and Jarrett Grace each had eight tackles. Cornerback Bennett Jackson collected seven tackles.
“We think it’s starting to come together,” Kelly said. “It’s hard for it to all be there in the first four weeks when you’re playing three Big Ten teams in a row. You could sense it. The pass rush was better. We were on body a lot better. Assignment was much better.
“… Definitely you could sense that that defense is starting to come together.”
Rare feat: Notre Dame’s Kyle Brindza had a punt blocked in the first quarter. It was the first time an opponent blocked a Notre Dame punt since Boston College did it Nov. 8, 2008. The Irish had gone 254 straight punts without being blocked.