Bijan Robinson, former Arizona high school star, leaves Texas for NFL Draft

Dec 19, 2022, 2:02 PM
Texas running back Bijan Robinson, left, is hit by Baylor linebacker Dillon Doyle, right, on a run ...

Texas running back Bijan Robinson, left, is hit by Baylor linebacker Dillon Doyle, right, on a run during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas running back Bijan Robinson is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft and won’t play in the Alamo Bowl.

Robinson, a product of Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, earned All-America honors after rushing for 1,580 yards with 18 touchdowns as the Longhorns (8-4) finished third in the Big 12. No. 21 Texas plays 12th-ranked Washington in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

Robinson played three years but had two seasons of eligibility remaining because his freshman year was the COVID-19-altered 2020 season. The NCAA granted all players another year of eligibility.

“I’ve done everything that I tried to do in God’s plan for me while I’ve been here,” Robinson said at a news conference announcing the decision Monday. “It’s time to start the new journey. I’m just excited to figure out another part of my life, just like I tried to figure it out here.”

Robinson in the 2020 recruiting class was the 15th-ranked player in the nation and top running back. He exited high school as the state of Arizona’s leader with 114 career touchdowns and was second in career rushing yards, with 7,036.

In college, Robinson is now fourth on Texas’ career rushing list with 3,410 yards rushing. The running back averaged 6.3 yards per carry over his three years at Texas.

He trails two Heisman Trophy winners in career school rushing leader Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell, who is third.

All three of the Texas running backs ahead of Robinson on the career list were top-five picks in the draft. Williams went fifth overall to New Orleans in 1999, Cedric Benson was taken fourth by Chicago in 2005 and Campbell was the No. 1 overall choice by Houston in 1978.

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