The 2013 NJCAA Football National Championship will be decided Sunday in Biloxi, Miss., when No. 1 ranked Georgia Military College takes on No. 2 East Mississippi Community College.
The JUCO title game fields unmatched talent at multiple positions. The Mississippi Bowl will undoubtedly feature future NCAA and maybe NFL stars.
The Bulldogs have a stud running back in their stable, as they hope to bring home GMC’s second national junior college crown.
Tailback Jovon Robinson has made a major contribution to the Bulldogs’ 11-0 season and opportunity to play for a national title.
Robinson’s 229 carries for 2,213 yards and 30 touchdowns through the regular season have both the talented back and his team ranked No. 1 nationally in rushing offense.
“I’ve been working hard since I was little, and it’s paid off ever since,” Robinson said. “I’ve always been the type of person to be able to make a goal and stick to it until I achieve it.”
The GMC back was part of the Auburn University football program starting the 2012 season, but a twist of faith brought Robinson to play for GMC. The name on the jersey means nothing to Robinson, who commits passion and 100 percent effort at all times.
“It’s been a smooth transition coming from Auburn. I’ve always kept myself at a high level, so it’s easy for me to transition anywhere in the country,” Robinson said. “It hasn’t been as different as I thought it was going to be. It’s been a great experience.”
Members of the football team at GMC are required to enroll in the SROTC training program, and this makes a significant difference.
“One of the big reasons for our continued success is the training our student-athletes receive through their participation in the GMC Corps of Cadets. They have grooming and appearance standards, high expectations for their personal conduct, and are expected and trained to be men and women of character,” Bert Williams, GMC head coach and athletic director, said. “We have a different approach, but it really pays off for our athletes.”
Robinson doesn’t mind the “military standard” at all. Leadership came natural after a high school football campaign.
Robinson played cornerback, linebacker and even quarterback in his career.
“I’m blessed to have this new opportunity to be a leader,” the GMC running back said. “I like to be a positive influence on a lot of people.”
Williams said Robinson was a blessing for GMC. The Bulldog back leads by example.
There is no star player attitude even with all the yards and success this fall.
“It’s nice to have him here toting the mail,” Williams said. “He’s got a nice level of humility and a purpose to finish strong here and have a chance to move on to the highest level of college football.”
Preparing for a championship battle with EMCC is all about game plan confidence.
Bulldogs spend equal time with on-field and film room operations.
“When we come out in the national championship, we want to do what’s been working for us all year. We are trying to polish those things,” Robinson said. “I don’t think we will lose a beat.”
Additional information about the bowl game can be found at www.mississippibowl.com, and the game will be live webcast through http://www.njcaatv.com/bowlgames.