Robinson looking forward to matchup with Tennessee Vols

Published 10:21 pm Monday, October 29, 2012

Troy quarterback Corey Robinson grew up a Tennessee fan. In fact, his family’s dog is named Rocky Top. Robinson’s childhood dream was to grow up and play for the Volunteers. He even dressed as Peyton Manning for Halloween each year.

On Saturday, Robinson gets the opportunity to play in Neyland Stadium. He won’t be wearing an orange and white No. 16 jersey though, he’ll still be in Troy’s cardinal and black with No. 6 on front and back.

“All my family lives in Tennessee, they’re 100 percent Rocky Top up there,” Robinson said. “I’m going up there with the chance to play against them so that’s pretty cool.”

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Robinson said he knew every word to the university’s fight song, but said he refused to sing it leading into this week’s contest with the Vols.

“I can’t sing them. Not right now. I know the words though,” he said.

Robinson wasn’t recruited by Tennessee, but is excited to face the Volunteers current quarterback Tyler Bray, who lead the Southeastern Conference is passing.

“I love playing against like this,” Robinson said. “I love going up against guys like that and putting up the numbers that people don’t expect you to put up. That’s what I’m going to try to do this week, the same thing I’ve done every time we’ve played a big school, just put up some good numbers and put up some points on the scoreboard, which is the most important part.”

The junior from Paducah, Kent., said he was not bothered by being snubbed by his favorite team out of high school.

“I guess it makes me the person I am today,” he said.

Troy and Tennessee are set for a 11 a.m. (CST) kickoff. The game will be televised on the Fox Sports network.