Cajuns wide receiver Jamal Robinson hoping for fifth year of eligibility _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns wide receiver Jamal Robinson (4) sits on the sideline for the New Orleans Bowl practice against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

Jamal Robinson isn’t even thinking about the possibility that these could be his final few days with his UL-Lafayette teammates.

The senior wide receiver, who was lost for the season with a foot injury against Texas State, is confident he’ll be granted a fifth year of eligibility in the coming weeks.

“I’m sure I’ll be coming back next year,” Robinson said.

If Robinson is able to come back, the decision will have to come quickly on the NCAA’s end. The Cajuns’ spring semester starts Jan. 12 with a Jan. 5 deadline to pay tuition fees and schedule courses.

Though Robinson has dreams of playing in the NFL, he feels he still has something to prove before he can advance to the professional ranks.

“It was an easy call (to come back),” Robinson said. “I felt like I only played two games. I didn’t really go up against a big-talent school, SEC or Big 12, and I want to prove to the next level that I can play against guys that are getting drafted.”

Another part of the reasoning behind Robinson’s desire to come back: He wants to prove he can stay healthy for a full season after he suffered two injuries this year.

Robinson went down in the second quarter of the Louisiana Tech game and missed the Cajuns’ big nonconference games against Ole Miss and Boise State. He only played one full game, catching eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia State, before suffering his season-ending injury the following week against Texas State.

He was moving around in a cart for a couple weeks after his injury and has since been in a walking boot. Robinson said he’s going back in for another checkup Jan. 8 and should have a final surgery shortly thereafter to remove the screws in his foot.

Robinson said he should be ready to play again by the time spring drills roll around, though it’ll likely be on a limited basis.

The has been a trying season for Robinson.

“You’ve just got to deal with it,” Robinson said. “It’s life, and life’s not fair. Everything happens for a reason and you can’t change God’s plan.”

Return of the Mack

Former Texas and North Carolina coach Mack Brown will be serve as an analyst for ESPN’s broadcast of the New Orleans Bowl, and he was on hand at Wednesday’s practice to do a little research on the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Brown stood near one end zone and picked strength and conditioning coach Rusty Whitt’s brain about the team while it practiced.

Brown will be joined in the booth by play-by-play man Bob Wischusen. Baton Rouge native Kaylee Hartung will work the sidelines for the broadcast.

No wind, more problems?

Senior kicker Hunter Stover said the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was a great environment for a kicker. He won’t have to deal with the elements, and the turf provides an excellent platform for him to perform his craft.

There’s just one little problem, though.

“You don’t have any excuses without the wind,” Stover said, probably joking.