Freshmen Dawgs: Introducing Georgia football RB Branson Robinson

Branson Robinson, Germantown High School.(Photo By The Clarion-Ledger)Branson Robinson
Branson Robinson, Germantown High School.(Photo By The Clarion-Ledger)Branson Robinson /

Georgia football signed a loaded 2022 recruiting class with 29 members. The group finished ranked No. 3 on 247Sports, with six 5-stars, 14 4-stars and nine 3-stars.

Until we go through all 29, we will introduce at least one player a day, provide some film on him, how he fits in the Dawgs program, and predict if he could be someone who contributes in the fall.

We’re merely discussing and introducing these players. These predictions will be enjoyable discussions as we work our way through the offseason.

Up first is 4-star running back Branson Robinson.

Georgia football has a talented 2022 class, and it’s time we introduce them to the fans.

According to 247Sports, Robinson ranks as the No. 62 overall, No. 4 running back and No.1 player out of Mississippi. He is another Nick Chubb in terms of strength because he is massive when you look at this guy.

At 5-10, 220-pounds, he already looks like DK Metcalf did going into the draft.

He is a freak in the weight room and allegedly can deadlift 700-pounds, which is hulk-like. Robinson’s other weight room numbers include a 615-pound squat and 350-pound bench press.

Of course, this isn’t exactly what people look for in a running back, but it’s still awe-inspiring to mention because it’s a lot of weight for an 18-year-old to lift.

According to his Hudl, he runs a 4.49 40-yard dash, a 4.18 shuttle, has a 40.2-inch vertical, and an 11.2 100-meter dash. Robinson is quick for his size, which is one of the things Georgia loves about him.

As a junior, Robinson finished with 121 carries, 1,179 yards, averaged 9.7 yards a carry, 15 touchdowns, had six games of 100-plus yards, and did all that in nine games.

His senior year highlights aren’t on his Maxpreps, but those junior numbers got people’s attention, and rightfully so. Robinson finished this cycle as a 4-star running back but probably should have been a 5-star because he is that good.

How Branson Robinson fits in with Georgia football

The Dawgs needed more running backs as James Cook and Zamir White both declared for the NFL Draft. Georgia only had three scholarship running backs with them out of the equation. Those guys are, of course, Kendall Milton, Kenny McIntosh and Daijun Edwards.

A few walk-ons got some playing time, but only in those major blow-out games.

Robinson will be a great asset to the Dawgs in terms of depth. He and the second running back in this 2022 class, Andrew Paul, will likely not redshirt because they could get used.

Milton and McIntosh will likely be the two backs sharing the starting reps with Edwards playing the third back, but who knows how the Dawgs will tackle this running back room in 2022. They are all extremely talented, including the two players coming into Athens, so it’ll be a position to watch for sure.

A quick Branson Robsinson prediction for 2022

Robinson will have to prove himself if he wants significant playing time in 2022. Those three guys ahead of him have been battling it out for a few years now, so they aren’t going to let a true freshman come in and take anything away from them.

However, I think Robinson could be someone that gets playing time similarly to how Edwards did in 2021. Unless he comes in guns blazing and just flat-out wins the job, Georgia may need to use him and Paul strategically, so the depth at this position stays where it needs to.

Robinson’s prediction will be that he scores at least two touchdowns on the season and runs for 300 yards as a true freshman.

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Georgia football will need to evaluate the running back room situation because while Milton, McIntosh and Edwards all have experience, Robinson has a spark that they could use on the field in 2022. There is a lot of time between now and the season, so this summer should be fun to watch how this competition blooms.