Morgan State linebacker Christopher Robinson is rushing into the record book

Christopher Robinson is on the cusp of setting a pair of Morgan State football records, but you wouldn't know it from talking to him.

Robinson is just two sacks away from eclipsing former middle linebacker Willie Thompson's career sacks mark of 24½, and he's four away from passing former outside linebacker James Dozier's single-season record of 14½. But the redshirt senior outside linebacker said he is concentrating on helping the Bears (3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) get a victory Saturday over North Carolina Central (3-3, 2-0), which would keep them in the hunt for a league championship.


"I always tell the younger guys — because they're really ecstatic about me doing well — I just try to worry about doing my job," the Baltimore resident and Dunbar graduate said after the team's practice Tuesday. "Getting the sack record would be cool, but being remembered as a champion would be better."

Robinson's humility isn't just an act. Even among his closest friends, Robinson doesn't talk about making history.

"I don't think he cares about records," said senior outside linebacker Nathan Ayers, who has known Robinson since they were teammates at Dunbar. "He just wants to go out there and do what he's supposed to do. We joke around all the time that he's almost there, and he just says, 'I thank God that he's allowed me to make these plays. I'm just thankful to be coached up to do what I've been coached to do.'

"That's all he talks about. He doesn't even think about it."

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Robinson's 11 sacks this season are second-most among Football Championship Subdivision players, and his 13 tackles for loss rank fifth.

Robinson almost set a school record earlier this season when he had four sacks in the team's 28-3 rout of Bowie State on Sept. 13. Knowing that Robinson needed just one more sack to surpass Dozier's 1989 single-game mark of 4½, defensive coordinator John Morgan Jr. approached Robinson about re-entering the game for Bowie State's final series with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter.

"In my mind, I'm like, 'I'm not worried about that,'" Morgan recalled. "But because it's something he might be concerned with, I went up to him and said, 'They said you're close. What do you want to do?' He said, 'Coach, you know. We talked about it. It doesn't matter.' So I left him out."

Robinson doesn't need much assistance remaining modest. As if sitting out one year due to academic issues and joining the program as a walk-on weren't humbling enough, Robinson said he is grounded by supportive teammates and coaches.


"I've got people like Nate Ayers, [senior quarterback] Seth Higgins, the coaches that really keep me level-headed," Robinson said. "There was a quote [from New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin prior to Super Bowl XLVI] that said, 'Be humble enough to prepare and confident enough to perform.' That's what I try to do. I know there's no guarantee, but if I'm doing my job, it makes it possible."

Robinson is quick to point out that he has benefited from a new coaching regime. After compiling 8½ sacks and 13½ tackles for loss in 2012 en route to being named an All-MEAC first-team selection as a hand-in-dirt pass rusher, Robinson was asked to be a stand-up linebacker in 2013, and his numbers dipped to four sacks and 7½ tackles for loss.

After reviewing film of Robinson's play in 2012, Morgan and first-year head coach Lee Hull agreed that Robinson should return to his hand-in-dirt days.

"We decided, 'Hey, we've got to have him put his hand down and make him a pass rusher,'" Hull said. "So it's been great, because when we need a stop or a sack, he's there. He's very hard to block, because he can bend and dip. He's got a couple good moves. It's been a pleasure to know that you've got somebody who can get to the quarterback and put pressure on him."

Said Robinson: "I'm a decent pass rusher, and they wanted me to get after the passer, and they put me in that position because they know that's one of my strengths. I've been in a better position to make a couple plays, and I've been fortunate to do so because other guys are doing their one-eleventh."

Robinson's pass rush skills are well known by North Carolina Central coach Jerry Mack. Mack compared Robinson to his former Delta State teammate Michael Eubanks, who set a Division II record in sacks with 42 between 2004 and 2007.


"He's just relentless to the ball," Mack said of Robinson. "He plays with high energy, and he's always flying to the football. … Christopher's a young man who you always have to know where he is on the field, and you've always got to be conscious of that. He can present some issues for your offense."