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    Nickell Robey
    Nickell Robey

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Frostproof, FL

    High School:
    Frostproof HS

    Height / Weight:
    5-8 / 165

    Position:
    CB

    Birthdate:
    01/17/1992

    Experience:
    2V

    @RDR_21

    CAREER: He has 111 tackles, 6 interceptions and 13 deflections in his career. He has 24 career starts.

    2012: The veteran Robey, a lockdown cornerback who is a Thorpe Award candidate, returns for his third season as a starter as a junior in 2012. He also could returns punts and kicks. He also competes on USC's track team.

    2011: Robey started for his second season at cornerback as a sophomore in 2011. Overall in 2011 while starting all 12 games, he had 63 tackles, including 5.5 for losses (with 2 sacks), a team-high 9 deflections and 2 interceptions (with a TD), plus 12 punt returns for 132 yards (11.0 avg.) and a 20-yard kickoff return. He made the 2011 CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American second team. He made the 2011 All-Pac-12 first team. He made the 2011 ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team. He won USC's 2011 John McKay Award.

    He had 4 tackles (0.5 for loss) and also returned 2 punts for 19 yards against Minnesota. He had 5 tackles, 2 deflections and 2 punt returns for 5 yards versus Utah. He had 4 tackles and returned 2 punts for 3 yards against Syracuse. He had 2 tackles and returned 2 punts for 51 yards (with a 44-yarder) at Arizona State. He added 4 tackles against Arizona and 6 tackles and 2 deflections at California. He then had 6 tackles, a deflection and a late interception to seal the victory at Notre Dame (he also had a 9-yard punt return) to earn USC's Player of the Game versus Notre Dame Award. He had 10 tackles, a deflection and returned a fourth quarter interception 33 yards for a TD against Stanford. He had 4 tackles (1 for a loss) at Colorado, then 3 tackles, a deflection and a 20-yard kickoff return against Washington and 6 tackles at Oregon. He had 9 tackles (with 2 sacks) and 2 deflections along with 2 punt returns for 40 yards against UCLA.

    2010: Just a first-year freshman, Robey started all of 2010 at cornerback and performed well. Overall in 2010 while starting all 13 games, he had 48 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, plus had a team-high 4 interceptions with 1 TD, 4 deflections and 1 forced fumble. He made 2010 Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American honorable mention, All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Phil Steele All-Pac-10 fourth team.

    He became the first USC true freshman to start a season opener at cornerback in the post-World War II era when he had 6 tackles and a deflection against Hawaii. He then had 2 tackles and 2 deflections against Virginia and 5 tackles at Minnesota. At Washington State, he had 3 tackles and 2 interceptions (including a 25-yard TD return and an 8-yarder to set up a USC TD) to become the first Trojan freshman to get 2 picks in a game since Mike Salmon did so in 1990 against Arizona State. He added 5 tackles against Washington, then 2 tackles each against Stanford, California and Oregon. He had 6 tackles (0.5 for a loss) and an interception against Arizona State, 3 tackles (1 for a loss) at Arizona, 5 tackles at Oregon State, 3 tackles against Notre Dame and 4 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a deflection at UCLA.

    TRACK: He is a long jumper and sprinter on USC's track team. He had a 2012 season best of 23-11 ½ to finish second in the long jump at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet. He joined with fellow footballers D.J. Morgan, Marqise Lee and Tony Burnett on a sprint relay quartet that ran 41.05 for third place at the 2012 Rossi Relays.

    HIGH SCHOOL: His 2009 honors included Super Prep All-Dixie as a senior defensive back and running back at Frostproof (Fla.) High. He had 764 yards on 88 carries (8.9 avg.) with 9 TDs and caught 17 passes for 232 yards (13.7 avg.) with 6 TDs on offense, had 73 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles on defense and averaged 17.1 yards on 8 punt returns and 34.7 yards on 7 kickoff returns in 2009.

    As a junior in 2008, he made All-State 2B first team and All-County first team. He ran for 1,600 yards with 10 TDs and caught 33 passes for 475 yards (14.4 avg.) with 4 TDs on offense and had 6 interceptions on defense.

    As a sophomore in 2007, he ran for 1,500 yards on offense and had 40 tackles and 7 interceptions on defense.

    He also was on Frostproof's baseball (earning All-State second team honors) and track (bests of 10.71 in the 100 meters, 23-9 in the long jump and 45-11 in the triple jump) teams. He was the 2010 State 2A District 8 and Region 2 long jump champion.

    PERSONAL: His cousin is Carlton Thomas, was a tailback at Georgia (2009-11). He and 15 of his USC teammates spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need.

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR INT YDS AVG TD LG
    2010 (Fr.) 48 1.5/5 4 0 4 338.2 1 25
    2011 (So.) 63 3.5/18 9 0 239 19.5 1 33
    CAREER. 111 5/23 13 0 6 72 12.02 33

    PR YDS AVG TD LG KOR YDS AVG TDLG
    2011 (So.)1213211.0 044 1 20 10.00 20

    GAME-BY-GAME WITH NICKELL ROBEY

    2011

    TACLS/YDS DFL FR INT YDS AVG TD LG
    Minnesota*4 0.5/0 0 0 0 00.0 0 0
    Utah* 50/0 2 0 00 0.0 0 0
    Syracuse* 4 0/0 000 0 0.0 0 0
    Arizona St.* 2 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Arizona* 4 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    California* 6 0/0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Notre Dame* 6 0/0 1 0 1 6 6.0 0 6
    Stanford* 10 0/0 1 0 1 33 33.0 1 33
    Colorado* 4 1/1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Washington* 3 0/0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Oregon * 6 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    UCLA* 92/17 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2011 (So.) 63 3.5/18 9 0 2 39 19.5 1 33

    PRYDSAVGTDLGKORYDSAVGTDLG
    Minnesota* 2199.5011 0 00.000
    Utah*2 52.504 0 00.000
    Syracuse* 2 31.503 0 00.000
    Arizona St.*25125.5044 0 00.000
    Arizona* 0 00.000 0 00.000
    California*0 00.000 0 00.000
    Notre Dame*1 99.009 0 00.000
    Stanford* 0 00.000 0 00.000
    Colorado*0 00.000 0 00.000
    Washington*0 00.000 12020.0020
    Oregon* 1 55.005 0 00.000
    UCLA*24020.0023 0 00.000
    2011 (So.)1213211.0044 12010.0020

    2010

    TACLS/YDSDFLFRINTYDSAVGTDLG
    Hawaii* 6 0/0 10 0 00.000
    Virginia* 2 0/0 20 0 00.000
    Minnesota* 5 0/0 00 0 00.000
    Wash. St.* 3 0/0 00 23316.5125
    Washington* 5 0/0 00 0 00.000
    Stanford* 2 0/0 00 0 00.000
    California* 2 0/0 00 0 00.000
    Oregon* 2 0/0 00 0 00.000
    Arizona St.* 60.5/1 00 1 00.000
    Arizona* 3 1/4 00 0 00.000
    Oregon St.* 5 0/0 00 0 00.000
    Notre Dame* 3 0/0 00 0 00.000
    UCLA* 4 0/0 10 1 00.000
    2010 (Fr.)481.5/5 40 4338.2125

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