Tucson High School Sports

Salpointe’s Bijan Robinson Commits to Play in Prestigious Polynesian Bowl

Salpointe Catholic running back Bijan Robinson will play his final game before embarking on his college career in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl in 14 months at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Robinson, a junior, is one of four players from Arizona invited to play in the game. He is the lone player from Tucson. The other players from Arizona in the Polynesian Bowl include Williams Field defensive back Noa Pola-Gates, Chandler teammates Jacob Conover and Matthew Pola-Mao, and Highland punter Austin McNamara.

Robinson, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, has 2,245 yards rushing and 34 touchdowns. He is averaging 15.7 yards a carry heading into the Class 4A state championship game against Scottsdale Saguaro on Nov. 30 at Arizona Stadium.

Robinson is on track to be the top college prospect to come out of Tucson.

He has 14 scholarship offers, including from the likes of Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC and Washington. He has visited the Michigan and UCLA unofficially this season, as well as ASU and Arizona.

Robinson, who missed most of two games this season with an ankle injury, broke Salpointe’s record for touchdowns in a season last week, scoring four times against Sahuaro, to bring his total to 35.

Former Arizona player Cam Denson, who is now at NAU, had the previous record of 32 touchdowns in 2013.

Robinson also now holds the Salpointe record for rushing yards in a season following last week’s 161 yards on 10 carries (all in the first half). Chris Hopkins set the previous record of 2,107 yards in 1991.

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