Entering his 23rd season at Middle Tennessee, Alex Robins is regarded as one of the top quarterback coaches in the country. The respected Robins has developed seven of the top 10 passers in school history, including the top three completion and yardage leaders.
Robins has developed the likes of Mickey Corwin, Marvin Collier, Wes Counts, Phil Ironside, Kelly Holcomb, and Jonathan Quinn. That group accounts for a total of eight first team all-conference selections and two league players of the year. Holcomb, the MVP of the Gray team at the 1994 Blue-Gray All-Star game, and Quinn are backups on NFL rosters. Counts competed in the Arena2 league for one year before an injury ended his career.
During his tenure at Middle Tennessee, Robins has guided his signal-callers to top 25 national rankings in passing efficiency 10 times, including two who finished in the top five.
His latest upstart is Clint Marks, who finished 21st nationally in total offense, 24th in passing efficiency, and set single-season records in passing yards and completions in 2004.
One of his most memorable jobs came in 2003 when Robins had three guys see significant playing time. The threesome of Andrico Hines, Marks, and Jonathan Harris all completed over 60 percent of their passes and threw for 18 touchdowns and only had eight interceptions.
In 2002, Robins had the task of breaking in newcomer Hines. As he has done for over 20 years, Robins got the most out of his signal-caller: Hines completed 58 percent of his passes and registered the fifth most yards of total offense in school history.
In 2001, the Blue Raider offense was ranked No. 5 nationally, and a big key in the team's success was the continued growth of Counts. Counts, who ended his career owning every passing record in school history, was ranked third in the nation in passing efficiency and was the nation's completion percentage leader in 2001. Counts was also the 2001 Sun Belt Conference's Player of the Year.
During Middle Tennessee's 2000 campaign, Robins platooned quarterbacks Counts and Jason Johnson. The two combined for 2,542 passing yards and 12 touchdowns and completed 59.3 percent of their passes. With the two capable juniors under center, the Blue Raiders finished with the 16th rated offense in the nation.
In 1999, he was instrumental in Counts having one of the best seasons ever for a Middle Tennessee quarterback. Counts broke five single-game records and set six new single-season marks, including passing yards and 300-yard games. As a freshman in 1998, Counts was rated 16th nationally in passing efficiency.
Robins made his way to Murfreesboro in 1983 after working with the offensive backs for 10 seasons at Mars Hill (N.C.) College.
He coached for two years at the University of Richmond and served another two-year hitch at Brunswick (Ga.) High School.
The likeable and efficient Robins was a star running back at Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Va., and then at Maryville (Tenn.) College, where he played for John Tomlinson and was a three-time all-area player.
Robins is married to the former Peggy Smith and they have two sons, Trey and Matt.