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Demetris Robertson: “I am playing for a program that fits me best.”

<p>Demetris Robertson (0) during practice on Aug. 12, 2021.&nbsp;</p>

Demetris Robertson (0) during practice on Aug. 12, 2021. 

Demetris Robertson is on his third team in five years. 

Robertson has been searching the country for a program that best suits him. After talking to Bryan Harsin, Robertson turned in his red and black for orange and blue.

“The reason I transferred from Georgia was to capitalize on my opportunities,” Robertson said. “I am playing for a program that fits me best.”

Before transferring to Auburn this summer, Robertson previously played for Georgia and California. As a freshman at California, Robertson had at least one catch in all 14 games he appeared in and made the 2016 Freshman All-America team.

In his last three seasons in Athens, Robertson had 42 catches in 27 games. Robertson fits the mold for a plug-and-play guy. He can catch, run and play special teams. As a senior in high school, Robertson was the Savannah Georgia Morning News track and field athlete of the year. 

Now at Auburn, he continues as a well-needed role player.  

“My role on this team is to be a leader for the younger guys,” Robertson said. “To be consistent and to show them the ropes on how to practice and how to play in games. And also, to be a reliable person on special teams.”

When asked why he chose Auburn as his graduate transfer destination, Robertson answered the same way that all 10 other transfers have: Bryan Harsin.

“He is a really great, great person,” Robertson said. “He aligns with my values and how I am as a person. On the field, he is a great coach. He is there to push you to make you a better person and man… He is passionate about us as a family and the Auburn program.” 

In his first game on the Plains, Robertson has three catches for 28 yards and one rush for seven yards. Three of Robertson’s four touches were the first plays of the series. All four times Robertson touched the ball the Tigers ended up scoring. 

“It is great to have Bo (Nix) and Tank (Bigsby),” Robertson said. “Those two are a one-two punch. It helps us receivers out… We pass the ball a lot. We depend on our receivers.” 

Against Akron, Nix had one of his best games at Auburn throwing for almost 300 yards, with only two incompletions. Outside of Harsin, the receiver said that Nix’s quarterbacking ability was another thing that drew him to Auburn.

“I expect high from him,” Robertson said. “I just know of how he works and how he comes out to practice to compete. He is a very resilient guy. That is the type of guy you want as a quarterback. He is a great leader for our program.” 

While Robertson may have only a few months as an Auburn Tiger under his belt, he is one of the oldest receivers on the roster. Moving forward in the year, Robertson expects to see a lot more Akron-like performances from his young group.

“The receiver group is great. A lot of ball skills, a lot of speed as I can see,” Robertson said. “A lot of mature young guys. I feel like this group is going to shock a lot of people as this season goes on.”

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