With five years of university football under his belt, Airdronian Cory Robinson’s tenure with the University of Calgary (UofC) Dinos came to an end Nov. 18 when the team fell to the University of Laval Rouge et Or.
For Robinson, playing with the Dinos has been the longest span he has played with any team in his career. He started as a rookie in 2013, became a full-time starter in 2015 and a Canada West All-Star this season. Now, it all comes to an end.
“It was a great five years, I really enjoyed my time there. Learned a lot and met people that are going to be friends for life,” Robinson said. “I’m really happy with my career here. I feel like I’ve showcased all I can do and gave everything I could. If I could go back, I wouldn’t change anything.”
After finishing his high school career with the George McDougall Mustangs in 2012, the defensive end was ready to take the next step.
But when it came to finding a home in the college ranks, Robinson didn’t hear from many schools. One school that did pursue the young lineman was UofC, and Robinson said it was an easy decision to join an already formidable Dinos program.
“…It was an obvious choice for me,” Robinson said. “Always getting to play in November was one of the great things about playing at the UofC.”
Even before Robinson joined the Dinos program, the team had been a force in the Canada West and U Sports. The lineman helped continue that trend in his five seasons, which resulted in two undefeated regular seasons, three Hardy Cups as Canada West Champions, two Mitchell Bowls and a pair of Vanier Cup appearances.
Unfortunately, Robinson’s final run came one game short of another shot at the Vanier Cup as the team fell to a familiar foe.
In Robinson’s five years, the team has faced off with and had its season ended by the Rouge et Or three times. Although his team couldn’t get over the roadblock Laval had become to the Dinos, Robinson put forth one of his most impressive efforts, racking up six tackles (four solo, two assisted), three tackles for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Nov. 18 showdown.
“It was definitely different from last year. We always try and give it our all every time on the field. But knowing that once we got into the playoffs and every game could potentially be my last, was extra motivation,” Robinson said. “I was in some one-on-one battles, won those and made the plays that came to me.”
Although his time with the Dinos has come to an end, Robinson’s dream of turning pro still lives on even after he was passed on in the 2017 CFL Draft.
Now that he is done university football, Robinson is allowed to sign with any team that chooses to have him try out for the team for the 2018 CFL season. Robinson said he is prepared for the opportunity, and eagerly anticipates it.