Reggie Robinson II

Cleburne’s Reggie Robinson II was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after totaling five tackles, three pass breakups and a clutch interception that set up Tulsa’s game-winning field goal.

TULSA — Former Cleburne standout Reggie Robinson II was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Robinson recorded five tackles, all solo take-downs, with three pass breakups and a key interception that led to Tulsa’s game-winning field goal in a 34-31 come-from-behind win over UCF on Friday night.

Robinson’s interception came at the 6:59 mark of the fourth quarter when the score was tied 31-31, and he returned it to the UCF 18-yard line. Tulsa scored on a 23-yard field goal, which proved to be the game-winner.

Then on UCF’s following possession, Robinson had his third pass breakup of the evening on a Knights’ third-and-3 from the UCF 26.

The interception was Robinson’s third in two weeks after he snagged two interceptions in a 38-26 loss to Tulane, which earned him a spot on the American Athletic Conference Team of the Week. His performance against Tulane earned him a 90.3 grade by Pro Football Focus College.

In a hard-fought loss to Memphis three weeks ago — when Tulsa’s kicker missed a game-winning chip-shot field goal — Robinson led Tulsa with a career-high 12 tackles.

The interception Saturday vs. UCF was the second time Robinson came through with a clutch takeaway to help his team record a win. The former All-Johnson County selection recovered a fumble inside the five-yard line in the final seconds to preserve a 24-21 win over Wyoming on Sept. 21.

Robinson leads Tulsa and is tied for the American Conference lead with four interceptions on the season. His four interceptions are tied for seventh in the nation. Robinson has 33 tackles for the year and he leads the Golden Hurricane with nine pass break-ups and 12 passes defended. Robinson is third in the American Conference with nine break-ups.

Robinson’s play as the season has progressed has put him in a strong position to garner more attention from NFL scouts. Robinson certainly stands a strong chance at being selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-1 with elite speed, length and fluid athleticism, Robinson possesses the size and makeup of what NFL teams are looking for in defensive backs. And his recent production has turned Robinson into a promising pro prospect.

In the win over UCF, Grandview’s Zach Smith suffered a knee injury late in the first half and he did not return. Backup Seth Boomer filled in and helped lead Tulsa to the win.

For the season, Smith is 196-of-354 passing for 2,567 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions for a QB efficiency rating of 125.

Tulsa has an open date this week before closing out its home schedule Nov. 23 against Houston.

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