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Robinson points to team goals for 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- At Alabama, even the five-star prospects who live up to the enormous hype surrounding them coming out of high school and start every game as a true freshman at a critical position aren't above being critiqued.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban's approach to holding all players accountable for getting better extends from the starting left tackle to the walk-on kicker.

Same for Cam Robinson, who was one of only seven players to start every game last season and one of only two returners to do so (Cyrus Jones).

During his Wednesday news conference, Saban took the opportunity to let everyone know Robinson still has plenty of room for improvement despite a stellar freshman campaign.

"Cam, I think, has to show a lot of maturity in not being satisfied with where he is, and challenge himself every day," Saban said Wednesday. "When he gets an opportunity out there in 1-on-1 pass rush, or in situations against other good players, I think that provides a lot of opportunity for him to challenge himself to improve. I think the big thing is, he's a lot more confident right now, he's got a lot more experience.

"We're really focused on getting him to play with the kind of power that he's capable of playing with on a consistent basis. But he's done a really good job so far this year."

As a part of Saban's longstanding policy of not allowing freshman to speak with reporters, Robinson didn't get to talk about his exploits last season.

But the 6-foot-6, 326 pound tackle made an appearance Wednesday in the Naylor Stone Media Suite.

"I just tried to go out there with my teammates and take what coach gave me and tried to get better at everything," Robinson said. "I honestly didn't have too many goals. I just wanted to go out there and play to be the best of my abilities."

Robinson said he didn't have many "ah-ha" moments last year. But there was one adjustment coming from West Monroe high school (Monroe, La.).

"Just the size and the speed of the guys I was playing against," Robinson said. "Those guys are my size and they can move pretty well. That was probably my biggest adjustment."

Already a physical specimen, Robinson focused more on the mental side of things coming off of last season.

"I'm more comfortable in the offense and what we're trying to do," he said. "I've picked up a lot this offseason in film work. I'm just trying to grow as much as I can."

Heading into his sophomore season, Robinson remains locked in on the overall team goal as opposed to individual accolades.

"The main goal for me is just a national championship," Robinson said. "I'm sure if you ask anybody on the team, that's our goal. No personal goals. Just putting the team first. We came up short last year, so that's our main goal as a team. My main goal is to get us back on the top of college football."

-- Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Marq Burnett at mburnett@annistonstar.com.

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