In week three of the XFL season, former Mountaineer safety Kenny Robinson hauled in his first career XFL interception Sunday afternoon.
Robinson, 21, is making the best out of every opportunity in a St. Louis BattleHawks (2-1) uniform — a step he chose to keep his NFL hopes alive after leaving WVU.
After totaling 123 tackles and seven interceptions in two seasons at West Virginia, in 2017 and 2018, Robinson was dismissed from the team for committing an academic misconduct violation. He entered the transfer portal, but entered the XFL draft instead of finding a new college home.
The leaping, one handed interception came during the BattleHawks 29-9 victory over the New York Guardians. Robinson’s interception was the only interception for either team on Sunday afternoon.
Go up and GET it young man.@krob2__ pulls in his his first XFL interception.
— XFL (@xfl2020) February 23, 2020
Robinson is joined on the BattleHawks by former Mountaineers, defensive lineman Will Clarke and linebacker Terence Garvin who both also tallied three solo tackles on Sunday.
Although unconventional, with only two college seasons, Robinson decided to build his on-the-field resume in the XFL due to complications after leaving Morgantown.
In the XFL, Robinson was immediately available to play unlike if he transferred to another college, due the NCAA transfer rule. He also is getting paid, which assists his mom who had been diagnosed with cancer. Robinson is playing on a one-season XFL contract.
This route should not close the door on Robinson’s dreams to play in the NFL.