Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Soul add All-Arena DB Robinson

PHILADELPHIA  – The Philadelphia Soul have been assigned First Team All-Arena defensive back, Micheaux Robinson for the 2012 season. 

Robinson enters his fourth season in the AFL, joins a group of defensive backs that includes former All-Arena performers, Rayshaun Kizer and Tanner Varner as well as veterans Kent Richardson and Keon Perry.

“Micheaux is one of the best defensive backs in the game today,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank. “He’s the total package – breaking up passes, forcing interceptions, and making tackles.  He is a fundamentally sound football player and our defense will benefit greatly from his style of play.  We are excited to add him to the mix of an already explosive secondary.”

Robinson is coming off his second season and an ArenaBowl XXIV Championship with the Jacksonville Sharks.  In two seasons with the Sharks, he has played in 34 games and holds team records in interceptions (18), tackles (171.0), and pass break-ups (74).  He was a finalist for the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year and received First Team All-Arena honors, breaking an AFL record for passes defended in a season with 46.

“The collection of talent coming to Philadelphia made my decision to join the Soul very easy,” said Robinson.  “I'm very proud of the accomplishments for our team and the fans of Jacksonville last season, and I am looking to use my talents to help bring a championship to another great team and city.”

Robinson ranked No. 4 in the league with 11 interceptions for the 2011 season.  He was awarded Defensive Player of the Week honors for the Week 2 match up versus the Georgia Force, registering 7.0 tackles, two interceptions, while breaking up five passes. Robinson received Second Team All-Arena honors in 2010 registering 63.0 tackles, seven interceptions, and 23 pass breakups.

Before becoming a member of the Jacksonville Sharks, Robinson played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (2008-09) in the af2.  He was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 while also earning First Team All-af2 American Conference honors.

Robinson is the team’s leader in interceptions with 28, and played in the 2009 ArenaCup Championship game against the Spokane Shock.  Robinson played for the Orlando Predators (2007) registering 36.0 tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

The former Cardinal was a four-year starter at Otterbein (2001-04), and was an All-OAC Player (2003-04).  His 13 interceptions are tied for No. 1 in the school’s history, while also earning four letters.  In 2003 he was a D3football.com All-American honorable mention.
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