The Kentucky Wildcats’ offense will look different in 2021 thanks to two key additions. On top of hiring a new offensive coordinator in Liam Coen, the Wildcats added ultra-talented Nebraska transfer Wan’Dale Robinson to the fold.
After Saturday’s scrimmage, Robinson met with the media to talk about how he feels in the new offense.
“It just felt really good to see our offense in a real game atmosphere,” Robinson said. “It was very encouraging. We were on the sidelines saying this could be really, really good. Especially going into the season. So we’re all really excited about it.”
“I would say something I want y’all to know is that Wan’Dale Robinson is a great football player,” Paschal said. “He’s going to be the truth. I believe that. He’s a humble guy. My locker is right next to him so I talk to him a lot. Today he had, excuse my language, but he had a hell of a play today. He jumped up between two defenders and caught a post and I was like ‘wow.’ I was like ‘look, he made a play, let’s go to the next because he’s going to be a special player for sure.’
Robinson transferred to Kentucky in January after spending his first two seasons with the Cornhuskers. At Nebraska, Robinson established himself as one of the top young players in the country. He set freshman records at Nebraska for receptions (40) and receiving yards (443) and also rushed for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Those numbers helped earn an honorable mention on the All-Big Ten team.
But a desire to play closer to his mother and an opportunity to fit into a more NFL style offense led Robinson to Kentucky. He was welcomed back to the Bluegrass state and has quickly left an impression on his teammates. Paschal believes Robinson will be one of the best players in the entire conference this fall.
“I’m gonna go out on a limb and say as far as the SEC period,” Paschal said. “He’s a hard worker so I know he’ll back me up on this. Like I said, he does some special things. I know that he’s going to show it in the fall.”
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops went into detail earlier this spring on why Robinson is such an important get for the Wildcats.
“I’m very excited about it,” Stoops said. “You don’t need to watch much film or watch Wan’Dale very long to see how talented he is. I think what’s been great for me to see is re-affirming my thoughts on him is that he’s a guy who is extremely dedicated also. He’s not only talented but very dedicated. He works really hard. He’s committed to it. That excites me because you want that to spread to other guys. You always want to bring guys into the program that are going to affect people in a positive way. Just his movements and the way he explodes, you can see how fluid he is and you can feel his presence, the way he accelerates and puts pressure on a defense. That’s not hard to see. We’ll go through this spring and he’ll get better and better. You can watch his film and watch him on TV a year ago and see his talent and explosiveness but it’s also good to see the mindset he has and the commitment level that he has.”