Ezra Robinson and Richie James have record days on the college gridiron

This past Saturday was a record-setting day for two former area standouts.

Booker High graduate and Tennessee State University defensive back Ezra Robinson proved to be the difference in the Tigers’ 35-28 victory over Eastern Kentucky with a pair of interceptions, five tackles and two pass breakups. After tying a program record by returning his first interception 93 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, the Michigan State transfer recorded an interception at the Tennessee State 8 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the contest at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

For his effort, Robinson was named Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week. He currently ranks sixth among FCS players in interceptions per game.

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Also in the Volunteer State, Richie James of Middle Tennessee State set a new single-game program record with 16 receptions in the Blue Raiders’ heartbreaking 44-43 loss to Western Kentucky.

James, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Riverview High graduate, collected 223 yards on the 16 receptions, which eclipsed James’ previous single-game program record of 14. It was the sophomore’s second straight game with 100 or more receiving yards, his third game of the season with 100 or more receiving yards and eighth time in his career that he has eclipsed 100 receiving yards in a game.

James, who is just the second player in Middle Tennessee State history to have at least 200 receiving yards in a game, has 57 receptions for 776 yards and five scores. His 776 receiving yards ranks sixth among all FBS players.

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