Florida Atlantic's quarterback room looks to have taken a major hit as redshirt-junior Chris Robison failed to report to fall camp, and is currently not with the program.
At this point in time, it is unclear whether he will be able to return.
The Texas native made the 2020 Manning Award Watchlist following a stellar 2019 campaign in which Robison threw for 3,701 yards and 28 touchdowns with 6 interceptions. Robison finished the year as the C-USA Championship Game MVP, Boca Raton Bowl MVP, and an C-USA First Team selection, all en route to FAU's second C-USA title in three years.
Moreover, his 3,701 yards surpassed the program's single season passing yards record, originally set by Rusty Smith with his 3,688 in 2008.
With these awards and accolades in hand, Robison was widely accepted as a top-five "Group-of-Five" QB by multiple outlets as the Owls head into 2020.
Expectations were that Robison would retain his starting position despite new Head Coach Willie Taggart implementing a different offensive scheme from former FAU Head Coach and current Ole Miss head man Lane Kiffin.
The star signal caller has had his share of off-the-field issues during his collegiate career. A four-star prospect out of (Mesquite, TX) Horn High School, Robison enrolled early to Oklahoma in January 0f 2017. He was arrested for public intoxication just months later, the day following OU's Spring Game. He was dismissed from the Sooner program later that Summer.
Robison found his way to Boca Raton, joining a slew of other highly touted former "Power-5" players that followed Lane Kiffin to FAU. After sitting out the Fall of 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules, Robison was on a "day-to-day" suspension following a violation of team rules in the Spring of 2018.
Most recently, Robison was the center of a sexual assault investigation led by the university's Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance (EIC) in the Spring of 2019. Kiffin suspended Robison for the entirety of Spring practice that year. No criminal charges were filled and the EIC's investigation cleared Robison of the charges against him before the 2019 season began.
Going into the 2020 season, the starting quarterback spot was Robison's to lose. This is despite added pressure from fellow redshirt-junior Nick Tronti and underclassmen Cordell Littlejohn and Javion Posey. True freshman Willie Taggart Jr. is on campus and could throw his name in the mix if he does not redshirt.
With Robison's future at stake, Tronti is the now the only QB to have seen substantial playing time under center. He found the endzone four times in 2019, twice in the air and twice on the ground. One rushing score included a massive game-sealing drive against Western Kentucky, a game that propelled the Owls into the C-USA title race.
Out of high school, Tronti was tabbed as 2016's Mr. Florida before becoming an Indiana Hoosier. He returned to the Sunshine State to join Kiffin the same year as Robison.
FAU recently made national headlines with the commitment of four-star QB Shedeur Sanders. If he signs with the Owls, Sanders will not be available to play until 2021.
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