Bijan Robinson will have the opportunity to become one of the hottest picks in the 2023 NFL Draft should he decide to turn pro. He could also be a factor in Texas’ revival should he return for his senior season.
For those looking for an answer now, Robinson doesn’t have one. At least not in public.
Robinson told reporters Monday that following their season finale against Baylor, he was discussing his options regarding his future with the No. Texas 23 Longhorns (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) will think about it. Should the Longhorns win and should Kansas State fall to Kansas down the road, the team would immediately gear up for a Big 12 championship rematch against No. 4 TCU.
There, Robinson focuses on Thanksgiving.
“After the season, I’ll evaluate everything,” said Robinson. “I’ll be speaking to my family, the coaches here and the people I’ve been talking to about decisions like this all along.”
Robinson has had his best game with the Burnt Orange program since arriving on campus in 2020. He totaled 243 rushing yards from 25 carries and had four touchdowns before being benched in the third quarter. Robinson averaged a season-high 9.7 yards per streak and was credited with three “explosive” plays of 20 yards or more.
This season, Robinson leads the Big 12 in rushing yards (1,401), yards from scrimmage (1,715), and touchdowns (18). After last week’s outing, the junior also tied Chris Gilbert for fifth all-time among Texas’ career rushing leaders.
“He’s such a nice person and sometimes he doesn’t get enough credit for his fighting spirit,” said Texas coach Steve Sarkisian on Saturday. “You don’t get where you are in your career just because you’re talented.”
Sarkisian said his focus is Friday’s matchup against the Bears (6-5, 4-4 Big 12), who put on a 21-point second-half performance at Waco last season to defeat Texas with 31- 24 to defeat. The loss marked the third straight game the Longhorns failed to extend their first-half lead and eventually played a factor in the six-game midseason losing streak.
Sarkisian said he will discuss Robinson’s future once the season concludes. These include the bowl game and potential conference championship.
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“I always try to postpone those kinds of conversations until after (the season),” Sarkisian said Monday. “I think that creates a mess with these guys. I know he wants to come here on Friday and play well, fit into the game plan. When that time comes and the regular season ends, we’ll have those discussions. Not just with him, but with his family. ”
Robinson did not commit to playing next month’s Texas bowl game, regardless of Friday’s result. Should the Longhorns find a way to defeat the Horned Frogs (11-0, 8-0 Big 12) in Arlington, they would be automatically named to the Sugar Bowl as representatives of the Big 12. If not, Texas could be in contention for either the Cheez-It Bowl or the Alamo Bowl, both of which will be played on December 29th.
Robinson, who is scheduled to be the first-round pick in next April’s draft, is believed to be the top running back pick going into the final game of the regular season. Should he play in the next two to three games, he has a chance to become the fourth all-time leading rusher, surpassing both Gilbert and Jamaal Charles (3,328 career rushing yards).
During his career, Robinson has rushed for 3,231 yards with 510 carries and 31 touchdowns. He averaged 6.3 yards per run, 8.4 yards per catch and tackled on eight touchdowns.
Kick-off from the Royal Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 11am
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