Roni Robinson returns to football

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

There are more familiar faces on this year's Kentucky State football team, including one of the best athletes to ever to come out of the Frankfort area.

Roni Robinson has joined the Thorobred football team, which also includes local products Gordon Miles and Brandon Moore. Add more Moores - Nick and Josh - to the mix and Kentucky State has its largest contingent of Frankfort athletes in recent years.

"Personally, I think it's one of the greatest things to happen to Kentucky State football since I've been here," KSU coach Donald Smith said of having the five former Franklin County High School graduates on the team. "People said kids from here wouldn't play at KSU but we've got five of them, and they're all going to play a key role on the team."

"It should do a lot for this community," added Miles, a receiver and the veteran Thorobred of the group. "I hope having the five of us helps KSU and Frankfort come together. Sometimes it seems like they're in separate worlds."

Robinson, a 1997 graduate of FCHS, joins the team after being out of competitive football for six years. He spent two years in prison for armed robbery during that time but enrolled at KSU a year ago, where he has waited for the chance to compete in athletics again.

"I want to prove to myself I can still compete at a high level of competition," said Robinson, who was all-state in both football and basketball for the Flyers. "Hopefully it will be like second nature to me."

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