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N.C. State's WR Robinson Starts New Season With New Attitude

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RALEIGH — N.C. State fans are counting the days until they can see their Wolfpack's refurbished passing attack. While the presence of freshman Phillip Rivers is expected to make a difference, N.C. State will also count on star wide receiver Koren Robinson.

The talents Robinson flashes on the football field are unmistakable. It is out there for everyone to see. However, he was fighting some internal demons. He had a problem with authority, and he wanted things his way.

New head football coach Chuck Amato wanted things his way so he made a phone call to Robinson's mother -- a call that changed Robinson's outlook on life.

"I really don't want to think about it because it makes me sad and it made me sad to where I made my mother cry," Robinson says. "You don't ever want to do that so that was a hard time."

The hard times are gone. Robinson's energies are focused on football and doing what is right. The Belmont, N.C. native had a stellar freshman campaign. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Year after collecting 48 passes for 853 yards. Those numbers only serve to whet Robinson's appetite for more.

"This summer, I went into the weight room and got stronger. I went out on the field and got faster," he says. "I caught some balls and got my hands better. I watched film of what I did last year and saw what I can improve on."

Robinson says it all starts with a positive attitude. He says he is ready to take his game to the next level.