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Player Interview: Fullback John Robinson-Woodgett

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John Robinson-Woodgett, Fullback, UMass

TSJ Sports had the opportunity to talk with fullback John Robinson-Woodgett out of UMass, as he prepares for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Minutemen play in the NCAA Division I-A independent schools.

John, a Springfield, Massachusetts native, was a high school honor roll student and athlete. In addition to being an undefeated wrestler, he was an all-region honoree on both offense and defense for the football team. In his senior year, Robinson-Woodgett recorded 87 tackles, including ten for loss, and rushed for 550 yards with 12 touchdowns. As a result, he was the team’s offensive MVP.

Career with the Minutemen

John Robinson-Woodgett appeared in ten games for the UMass Minutemen in 2012. He recorded 11 tackles, five solo, with on fumble recovery. During a match-up against Vanderbilt, John made a personal-best five takedowns.

The following season, 2013, Robinson-Woodgett redshirted.

In his redshirt-sophomore season, John played in 11 games as a linebacker. Matching his personal-best at Vanderbilt, he had five tackles against both Colorado and Bowling Green. The 2014 season concluded with Robinson-Woodgett collecting 23 tackles, nine solo, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss. He also had a kick return for five yards.

During the 2015 season, John began splitting time at linebacker and fullback. He appeared in 12 games with one start at Colorado. In addition to his 57 tackles, 26 solo, he recorded 3.0 tackles for a loss of 13 yards, including a sack for nine yards.

As a senior in 2016, John scored two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. Not only did he record eight tackles, six solo, he had ten receptions for 65 yards and 19 rush attempts for 68 yards.

At various times throughout his career, John has played on all special-teams units and been a force.

Question and Answer Session with John Robinson-Woodgett

What does it mean to you to play in the NFL?

“To play in the NFL would mean a great deal to me. A testament to a lifetime of hard work and dedication. It would also be a reflection of the time and effort put in from friends and family that helped me along the way.”

What impact has your family had on your football career?

“My family has had a great impact on my football career. Their unwavering support has pushed me even harder through the years from Pop Warner to prep school all the way through college. My family has ultimately molded me into the person I am today and has allowed me to persevere through hard times and still come out on top. I am beyond grateful for their efforts and to have amazing people to share this with.”

What do you think your coaches will say about your leadership?

“My coaches would say that I lead through example. On and off the field, I hold myself accountable.”

What direction do you think the NFL is going in?

“Although the NFL is a passing league, I believe they are going in a direction where the RB and FB positions are more valuable than they have been previously. Teams need to be able to run the ball and control the clock late in games, especially in the playoffs.”

Why do you think you should get drafted?

“I believe I should get drafted because I am the best fullback available. I am a great blocker, can catch, and I am comfortable with the ball in my hands. The past 4 years I have been a core special-teams player, and having been a LB for 3 years of my college career, I can also serve as a reserve linebacker for a team. Beyond my position, I am a very responsible person. I believe my focus and dedication is unmatched amongst my peers as well as contagious. I will never be out-willed on the field and would be a positive addition for any team I play for.”

What will you bring to an NFL team?

“I’ll bring hard work and toughness to any team I play for along with a relentless effort. I am a traditional fullback that can play all special-teams and can also line up and play H-back or RB if asked to.”

What’s the best thing you’ll take from your coaches?

“To do your job and control what you can control.”