Elijah Robinson
 

Elijah  Robinson

Position:
Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)

Alma Mater:
Penn State, 2008

Joined Baylor:
January 2017

Elijah Robinson is in his first season at Baylor after arriving with head coach Matt Rhule following three seasons at Temple. Robinson coaches BU's defensive line.

Robinson coached the defensive line at Temple from 2014 to 2016, the final season with the title of defensive run game coordinator. He mentored six All-AAC selections at Temple, including 2016 honorees Haason Reddick (first team) and Praise Martin-Oguike (second team). The 2016 Owls' rush defense ranked 25th nationally, allowing just 130.4 yards per game, and met team's yearly defensive goal of 40 sacks.

In 2015, Temple recorded 33 sacks, including a season-high 10 in the win against Penn State. Two linemen, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis and defensive end Nate D. Smith were named first-team All-AAC. Smith led the team with 7.0 sacks for 47 yards, while Ioannidis ranked in the top three for TFLs with 10.5.

Robinson's Temple line led the team to 27 sacks and 79 TFL in 2014, and Ioannidis and defensive end Martin-Oguike were named all-conference. Ioannidis notched 47 tackles and a team-leading 11.0 TFLs while Martin-Oguike's 7.5 sacks were the most by an Owl since 2010.

Prior to Temple, Robinson spent 10 seasons at Penn State as a student-athlete and staff member. The former Nittany Lions defensive tackle had his playing career cut short after suffering a neck injury during spring practice in 2006. He earned his bachelor's degree from PSU in 2008 and spent three years as a graduate assistant -- 2009 with academics and 2010-2011 as defensive graduate assistant -- before earning his master's degree in 2012.

During the final two months of the 2011 season, Robinson served as defensive line coach assisting Larry Johnson. He worked with eventual NFL players Devon Still, Jared Odrick and Aaron Maybin.

His final two seasons at Penn State he served as director of community relations and NFL liaison under head coach Bill O'Brien. In that role he organized scouting visits, orchestrated Pro Day, developed community service initiatives and served as the football team's liaison with admissions, compliance, housing and academics.

The Camden, N.J., native earned All-State and All-South Jersey honors at Woodrow Wilson High School, leading the team to a 15-0 record and a state championship in 2002.

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