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Ricky Robinson: McMurran Scholar and football standout

By Staff | Jun 5, 2020


SHEPHERDSTOWN — Only a few athletes from West Virginia high schools accomplish much for Shepherd University football. The 2019 team had more contributors from Mountain State high schools than any team in decades with six starters, including one player who would make proud those academicians who point to “scholar-athletes” as the reason athletics are sponsored for college students.

Five of the Shepherd football starters came from larger-enrollment schools and one from a Class A school in mostly rural Hardy County.

Ricky Robinson had played in high school for the East Hardy Cougars in Baker when his green-and-gold team finished as the runner-up in 2016 playoffs (losing in the Class A championship game to St. Mary’s) as well as being the runner-up in the 2015 playoffs when the Cougars fell to Magnolia in the title game.

As a starter at defensive tackle for the recent editions of Shepherd’s teams, Robinson did well enough despite being slightly undersized at about 240 pounds. Shepherd had a 7-3 record in 2018, when Robinson was a sophomore, and rolled to a 10-3 overall record and received a place in the NCAA Division II Super Region One playoff field. The Rams tripped Indiana in the playoff”s first round before falling to then undefeated Slippery Rock in the next round.

Robinson finished the 13-game schedule as the team’s third-leading tackler.

Where Robinson would receive the loudest cheers from those sporting heavy robes and tasseled mortar boards at any year’s graduation ceremonies would be with his performance in the classroom.

At Shepherd, the school’s most accomplished scholars literally earn their way into the McMurran Society. And Robinson, who just completed his third year at Shepherd, is one of the university’s most accomplished scholars.

To even be considered to become a member of the McMurran Society, a student must have completed at least 90 credit hours of academic work and achieve a top-heavy 3.86 grade point average or better.

Robinson majors in business administration.

He has one more year of football eligibility.

For his excellence in the classroom, Robinson was named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America first team. The CoSIDA organization is membered by college sports information directors.

Robinson now has the 2020 football season left to his on-field career. He has one more year in the classroom to make proud any professor, teacher or administrator who likes to point at athletics as a valued part of the college learning experience.