Which college football player knows the most about Navy Football? Tielor Robinson, Duke’s sixth-year senior tight end, would be a good bet.
Duke’s 12 p.m. game with Navy will mark the sixth time Robinson has seen the Midshipmen in game play, and the fifth time he has played against them. Robinson transferred from Army after two seasons in West Point.
Despite Robinson’s vast knowledge of Navy’s program, though, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe would be wise to not listen to his oldest player: Robinson has never beaten Navy. That’s right: in five games, Army and Duke have lost every time. And remember, this is Navy—a solid program built by Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, but far from a perennial power. With that in mind, it’s hard to blame Cutcliffe.
“He knows they play hard—he’s seen it from the West Point perspective and the Duke perspective—but I don’t think he’s ever beaten ’em, so I don’t wanna hear anything he has to say,” Cutcliffe said Tuesday before bellowing a laugh.
—by Ben Cohen