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Newton comparison "way bold" for Mocs' Robinson

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Russ Huesman has nothing but great things to say about his redshirt freshman quarterback, but even he has to draw the line somewhere.

While dual-threat signal caller Terrell Robinson has been a spark of life to the Mocs' offense, a Southern Conference analyst's comparison to former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton may be a bit of a stretch.

"That's way bold," Huesman said during Tuesday's weekly meeting with the media. "Come back to me when Terrell's making $6 million in three years, then maybe I'll agree with it."

Robinson was also quick to laugh it off.

"It's an honor, but I'm nowhere near Cam Newton," Robinson said with a smirk. "I'm 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. I think he's a whole other man on top of me."

The former South Pittsburg star has exploded onto the scene much like Newton did in a Heisman Trophy-winning season last fall. After replacing injured starter B.J. Coleman three weeks ago at Georgia Southern, Robinson has thrown six touchdown passes, rushed for three more scores, and has more than 300 yards both rushing and passing.

He was named the league's freshman of the week for a third straight time on Monday, becoming the first player to win the award in three consecutive weeks since Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards did it in 2006.

Still, Huesman is quick to point out Robinson's body of work is still lacking.

"Terrell's doing good, and I don't want to diminish that," Huesman said. "But he needs to keep going. Two and a half games does not make him Cam Newton, or even Armanti Edwards, but he is doing a great job."

Right now Robinson says he knows about 50-percent of the overall playbook, but has total understanding of the plays that have been adjusted for his skill-set.

Huesman feeling comfortable enough with Robinson's progression that he's encouraged the youngster to improvise when needed, noting that's how the Mocs scored two of their touchdowns in last week's 42-18 win at Elon.

"The thing I like about him more than anything is how composed he is out there. He doesn't let anything affect him," Huesman said. "He's making plays within our offense, but he's also now adding that new element where he comes to the line of scrimmage and brings seven guys to him before dumping it.

"That's not something he's coached to do, he can just do it. And when you have a running quarterback and a dangerous guy back there, that's what happens."

Huesman said Coleman is set to start throwing again this week, but his status remains uncertain for Saturday's home date with Furman. Whatever happens, Robinson is just hopeful it makes his coaches and teammates happy.

"I feel like I can get the job done," Robinson said. "I'll prepare each week. The coaches are always in the office game-planning, and you just want to go out and execute them like they draw up because how much effort they put into preparing them."

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