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Ex-WVU Safety Kenny Robinson to Make NFL Debut Sunday

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Former West Virginia safety Kenny Robinson is set to make his NFL debut when the Carolina Panthers take on the New Orleans Saints tomorrow at 1 p.m.

The Panthers selected Robinson in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft, 152 overall. Robinson originally made the Panthers’ roster out of training camp but cut him later, eventually signing him back to their practice squad. Earlier this week Robinson was added to Carolina’s active roster.

Robinson came to WVU in 2017 from Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania and made an immediate impact for the Mountaineers.

As a true freshman, Robinson played in all 13 games, starting eight, and racked up 46 tackles and three interceptions, tied for the team lead. His highlight of the season came against Texas when he returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown. He was named an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 defensive back following the season.

In 2018 Robinson started 12 games at safety and his production improved across the board. He was second on the team with 77 tackles and second in the Big 12 with four interceptions. His best game came against Texas Tech when he intercepted two passes and made a career-high eight tackles. He was named to the All-Big 12 First Team as a defensive back.

After the 2018 season, Robinson entered the transfer portal after being dismissed from WVU for an academic misconduct violation but could not find a new college home.

Wanting to keep his football dreams alive, Robinson opted to enter the XFL draft where he was selected by the St. Louis BattleHawks. Robinson was one of the few players to forego college eligibility to join the new league. In five professional games in the XFL, Robinson recorded a pair of interceptions.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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