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Travaris Robinson
Travaris  Robinson

Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs

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Travaris Robinson was one of the first hires made by head coach Will Muschamp when he began assembling his first coaching staff at South Carolina. Now in his third season in Columbia, Robinson serves as the Gamecocks’ defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Carolina led the SEC and ranked ninth in the country with 28 turnovers forced, while ranking 25th in points allowed per game at 20.7 in 2017. The Gamecocks held 11 of 13 opponents to fewer points than its season average.

Under Robinson's watch, Carolina tied for 10th in the nation in turnovers forced with 27 during the 2016 campaign, including 15 interceptions.

Robinson, who is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country, has spent the past five seasons coaching defensive backs under Muschamp, first at Florida (2011-14), then at Auburn (2015). The former Tiger standout also began his coaching career at Auburn under Muschamp, first as a staff assistant in 2006 while finishing up his undergraduate degree, then as a graduate assistant in 2007.

Robinson, a Miami, Fla. native, spent one season each as a defensive backs coach at Western Kentucky (2008), Southern Miss (2009) and Texas Tech (2010) before reuniting with Muschamp on his staff at Florida.

In his first season at Florida in 2011, Robinson guided a UF secondary that ranked seventh in the nation in pass defense (166.8), while the Gator defense ranked eighth nationally in total defense (299.5).

Robinson led a secondary that was one of the best in the nation in 2012, ranking No. 2 in pass efficiency defense (95.55) and allowing just seven touchdown passes, the second-fewest in the nation. Florida had 20 interceptions on the season, good for seventh nationally while safety Matt Elam was a first-team All-America selection and first-round draft pick.

In 2013, Robinson's secondary was seventh nationally in passing defense and eighth in passing efficiency defense, while the defensive unit was eight in total defense. Under Robinson, Vernon Hargraves III was a freshman All-SEC and freshman All-America pick while being named the National Freshman Defensive Player of the Year by College Football News.

In 2014 at Florida, Robinson again tutored Hargreaves III, who was a first-team All-SEC pick and named first-team All-America. Jalen Tabor received freshman All-America and freshman All-SEC honors. The Gators defense finished the 2014 regular season ranked ninth nationally in total defense, 14th in pass efficiency defense and 23rd in passing defense.

At Texas Tech, he helped the Red Raiders to an 8-5 record and a TicketCity Bowl victory over Northwestern. In his one season at Tech, Robinson had two defensive backs earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recognition and a third that was named a freshman All-America honorable mention.

His 2009 Southern Miss squad finished in the top four in Conference USA in pass efficiency defense, interceptions and yards per pass attempt, and he coached First Team All-C-USA selection Eddie Hicks.

Before embarking on his coaching career, Robinson played two seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Auburn posted a 30-19 record during his playing career, including a Top-20 ranking in both the final Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches' polls after his senior season. He was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Iron Bowl after recording 12 tackles -- including 10 solo -- and breaking up a pair of passes to help the Tigers to a 13-9 victory over rival Alabama, as they would go on to defeat Penn State in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day. He was a first-team AP All-SEC selection at the end of the season after collecting 92 total tackles, second on the squad, with four interceptions. He concluded his collegiate career with 166 tackles, seven passes defended and five interceptions.

Robinson was born in Miami, Fla. and attended Coral Park High School where he was a four-year letterman and earned all-state honors as a defensive back and wide receiver. Robinson received his bachelor's degree in mass communications from Auburn in 2007.

He is married to the former Mandisa Skyers. Their family includes sons, Tyson Jerod and Travis Jerod, and daughter, Jordyn.

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