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After College Football Journey, William Paterson Wide Receiver Malcolm Robinson, Is Prepared For What Future May Hold

(Photo by Catalina Fragoso - Double G Media)

(Photo by Catalina Fragoso – Double G Media)

For William Paterson Pioneers senior wide receiver Malcolm Robinson, the road has been long and winding starting at Hampton University for two years then moving on to Montclair State for another two years and culminating on Saturday at Wesley College as Pioneer.

“Two years at Hampton and Montclair State, I led receivers in touchdowns my freshman year at Montclair and second year I was second or third in receiving yards,” Robinson said. “It was a good experience for me and stepping stone.”

Last Saturday, Robinson played in his final home game on Senior Day against Christopher Newport University at Wightman Stadium in Wayne, New Jersey. “It felt all the same until my family was out there with me and walked out together and knew this was going to be my last home and all the emotions hit me,” he said.

Majoring in sociology, Robinson is excited about what the future has in store for him.

“I came from Hampton that is eight hours away, Montclair is about 20 minutes down the road from William Paterson so if you can adjust to eight hours, 20 minutes is really not that big of a deal,” he explained. “It’s football no matter where you go and I will go as far as my legs go. I will let my brain and degree go from there so I can provide for my family.”

Despite William Paterson’s 2-7 record, Robinson is enjoying another solid season tied with teammate and senior wide receiver Anthony DiMarsico with 38 catches. Robinson has amassed 500 receiving yards and scored six touchdowns. In the home opener he caught eight passes for 110 yard and three scores, including setting a school record with a 71-yard punt return.

Career wise, Robinson ranks second in yards/reception and kickoff returns, seventh in all-purpose yards, eighth in receiving yards, ninth in offensive touchdowns and ninth in points.

On the win against his former school, Montclair State. “I understood the magnitude of the win realizing we had not beaten them in 23 years and it wasn’t about me and not the stats but more about the program.”

“The numbers are all the hard work put in the off-season and summer and didn’t give up on myself,” said Robinson. “I pride myself in wherever coach wants me to be throughout the game and again preparing my mind and body in the off-season and it’s about helping the team win. Coach Flora is a great team guy.”

This season, Robinson has worked with two quarterbacks in juniors James Waldron and Isaiah Diaz-Mays. “It’s not really much of a difference as they have split reps in practice and I know who can do what and when to be in the right spot for them to be able to get the ball to me,” explained Robinson. He also gives a lot of credit to DiMarsico. “We make the game easier for each other by attracting attention on the field as far as lining up on the inside and outside having an outside and slot receiver in the game to strike up a big play.”

From Bayonne, New Jersey, Robinson had a breakout season in his senior year compiling 1,300 yards and tallying 16 touchdowns while earning all-county and all-conference honors while landing on the Maxwell Top 100 list for New Jersey. In addition, Robinson earned honorable mention as a defensive back in his sophomore and junior years’ and was a three-time letter winner in Basketball.

“My family has always been there for me since I started playing in Bayonne at 5 years old,” he said. “Hands down Bayonne High School is the best program I have been a part of. Coach Rodriguez, Coach Jerome Hayes and Coach Jamal Lewis who played at Nebraska and four years in the NFL really helped me hone my skills and realize I have the talent to do something big.”

“It’s going to be my last game playing with Nick Freeman and Russell Fallacara” said Robinson. “I have been playing with Russell since I was eight years old and Freeman since I was a freshman in high school. A lot of relationships I have built up on this team and it’s going to be bittersweet as on one hand it’s the end of my college career and next the opportunity to play at the next level. It’s been special because the guys embraced me from the minute I stepped on campus and made me feel I was as one of them.”

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Sunil Sunder Raj

Since July of 2014 Sunil Sunder Raj has been with In The Zone. Sunil has experience covering minor league baseball, high school and college sports. A beat writer for the Rockland Boulders for six years, Ramapo College men’s basketball for four years, NJIT men’s basketball and Seton Hall women’s basketball. Now focusing on feature articles about athletes, coaches and sports media professionals. A graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.


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