Airdrie’s Cory Robinson’s football career with the University of Calgary Dinos has been a lengthy one, but now in his fifth and final year, he is looking to make it a great one.
As a member of the Dinos for the past four seasons, Robinson has seen some ups and downs, winning a pair of Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) titles. He was also part of two undefeated regular seasons with two chances at the USports league championship, the Vanier Cup, but lost both.
Robinson said he is looking to end his university career the best way possible by finally winning a Vanier Cup.
“(The Vanier Cup) is always the goal, but you have to take things step-by-step. If you look too far ahead, you can miss a few steps along the way,” he said. “If you win that game, you end your season with a win. If you don’t, then you end on a loss. Everybody wants to win.”
Robinson said there are goals the team has to meet before getting a shot at a league title, starting with focusing on winning each game week-by-week and then winning the CWUAA title before focusing on the Vanier Cup.
The team is off to a strong start this season, currently on a three-game winning streak and boasting a formidable veteran-led defence, including the likes of Robinson.
Robinson has had a strong start individually, leading defensive linemen in total tackles (11), second in tackles for a loss (4) and tied for second in sacks (2).
Even though he is pleased with his play, Robinson said he is doing what he can to help the Dinos succeed once again.
“I do my best each time I go out (on the field) to do everything I can to help this team,” Robinson said. “Obviously, I want to do well personally, but the team’s success comes first.”
Robinson had a hectic off-season, with eligibility in the Canadian Football League (CFL) draft taking a lot of his attention. Unfortunately, the Airdronian was not selected, leading him to return to the Dinos for another season with hopes of signing as an undrafted free agent for the 2018 CFL season.
“It was an exciting day full of mixed feelings,” Robinson said. “I got to see friends get drafted and take their next step in their dreams, but it was obviously pretty disappointing for me.”
The USports season continues for Robinson and the Dinos Sept. 23 when it plays host to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.