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Orange QB Robinson refuses to be crushed by hits, losses

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It has been easy for Syracuse sophomore quarterback Andrew Robinson (Calvert Hall) to remain humble these days despite being the first Baltimore-area quarterback in 32 years to earn a starting position at a major Division I-A school.

Bel Air's Jeff Grantz was the last area quarterback to start at a major college, South Carolina, from 1972 to 1975, where he finished as a Heisman Trophy runner-up as a junior in 1974.

For Robinson, getting sacked nine times in his first two starts and watching the Orange lose to Washington and Iowa by a combined score of 77-12 was a sobering experience.

But Robinson won't allow the bad start to interfere with his performance, his mother, Jane, said Sunday night after she returned with Andrew's father, Paul, from Iowa City after a 35-0 loss to the Hawkeyes.

"Andrew is very, very solid," Jane Robinson said. "He's unflappable. He just leads the team and thinks of everything that you can possibly think of. It takes a lot to get Andrew down. He looks at every single game as a learning experience."

After a 42-12 opening-game loss at home to Washington in his first collegiate start, Andrew Robinson said, "We're going to learn as much as we can from this experience and apply it to the next game and try to get a 'W.' "

Though he was sacked seven times by the Huskies while completing 20 of 32 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown pass, Robinson said the overall experience of starting his first game in front of a near-sellout crowd at home on television was fun.

"Football is always fun," said Robinson, a second-team All-Metro pick in 2005. "Just to get out there and compete against some of the best teams in the country is good. It was a good exam for me. I'm going to take away from it the atmosphere and speed of the game, and apply it to the next game and move on.

"I know I have to improve on the mental parts of the game, reading coverages correctly and making protection adjustments to put the offensive line in the best situations to protect me passing."

Baltimore Blue Devils

Four former first-team All-Metro selections are playing for the Duke football team.

Junior offensive left tackle Cameron Goldberg (McDonogh), 6 feet 6 and 280 pounds, is part of an offensive line that returns all five starters. Junior strong safety Glenn Williams (Archbishop Curley) is competing for a starting spot, with four solo tackles and five assisted tackles in two games.

Second-year freshman wide receiver Sheldon Bell (City) has played in two games with no receptions, and freshman linebacker Sam Poggi (Gilman) hasn't played in the first two games.

Price helps J. Madison

Second-year freshman linebacker Sam Price (Gilman) has recorded three assisted tackles in two games for James Madison, which is off to a 1-1 start.

Bloomer kicks winner

Freshman center midfielder Mike Bloomer (Catonsville) hit a shot from 18 yards in the 29th minute for Frostburg State, giving the Bobcats a 1-0 victory over Hood College in the championship game of the Frostburg Labor Day soccer tournament.

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