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Old 07-23-2004   #16
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Default Robinson agrees to terms

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans will be holding a press conference to announce the signing of rookie cornerback Dunta Robinson in the Texans team auditorium on Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m.

Robinson was the 10th overall pick in the draft and is the sixth of the Texans' nine 2004 draft picks to sign with the team. The Texans have now signed both of their first round draft picks, the other being linebacker Jason Babin (27th overall).

"There are a lot of different levels of elation I'm feeling right now," Robinson said. "I'm happy to be a Texan, I'm excited to be going to training camp and I'm relieved to have my contract settled. This is a great day for my family and I. Now it's time to go to work."

Robinson (5-10, 186) was the Gamecocks' Most Valuable Player in 2003 after recording a career-high 50 tackles (four for loss), one interception and 12 passes defensed. A first team All-Southeastern Conference selection and a third team All-American as a senior, Robinson is the first Gamecock to be drafted in the first round since the New York Jets selected defensive end John Abraham 13th overall in 2000. He is also the highest-drafted South Carolina player since Sterling Sharpe was taken seventh overall by Green Bay in 1988.

"There was an obvious focus on defense when we drafted players this year," general manager Charley Casserly said. "Dunta was at the center of that focus because of his versatility and we liked his mentality. I'm glad both sides worked so hard to get him in on time."

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