Past: Vancouver College Fighting Irish
Present: OHagan Field
Future: University of Ottawa Gee-Gees
Hunter Robinson doesnt scream for attention. The quiet quarterback draws the eyes and ears of the Fighting Irish because hes careful not to waste his words.
Under his cool surface, Robinson runs deep. He will lighten the mood before he raises his voice.
I like to keep things light with the guys, especially in the huddle, he said. You have to stay positive, you dont want guys getting down on themselves. I want to make sure theyre always having fun.
Robinson, 18, set a new school record with his 3,358 career passing yards and will play for the University of Ottawa next year as the Gee-Gees rebuild under new coach Jamie Barresi. A former Midget AAA baseball player, Robinson is adjusting his mechanics from the NFL ball used in Canadian high school to the CFL ball used at CIS universities. Shortening his elongated throw, a technical holdout from his years as a catcher and first baseman, is a constant focus. A quick release is a huge advantage. Its something that I think about constantly, he said.
In 2012, Robinson threw for 21 touchdowns and marshalled the Fighting Irish to the AAA B.C. championship game at B.C. Place. Vancouver College head coach Todd Bernett said the coachable pivot earns respect because his quiet leadership is genuine. He is calm and composed. This quality served him well as the head of our offense for two seasons.
Robinson knows his reputation as a reserved, thoughtful athlete. I like to work in solitude, I guess you can say. I keep to myself, he said. Hes more outspoken during a game but doesnt waste his breath. He directs his words with purpose.
Mr. Bernett probably wouldnt like to hear this, but I like to get everyone to laugh and lighten up in the huddle.
You dont have to be a vocal leader all the time, he said. It comes with getting to know the guys and how they operate. You dont always have to be that rah rah, pump up guy, you can lead by class.
Robinsons is an act to follow.
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