UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson has grown into a leader — San Bernardino Sun

LOS ANGELES — Dorian Thompson-Robinson greeted every reporter at UCLA’s Wasserman Football Center with a hello and a handshake, in the spirit of the host who welcomes guests into his home.

What, well, yes.

Thompson-Robinson – or “DTR” as he likes to be called – hails from Las Vegas. But he grew up in Westwood.

Cub-to-man, the now 22-year-old quarterback begins his fifth season as a bruin, back on campus for the start of training camp Friday after deciding — actually against coach Chip Kelly’s advice — to return as a bruin. “Great -Senior.”

Thompson-Robinson is taking advantage of the COVID-19 eligibility extension that the NCAA has granted to all student-athletes affected by the pandemic.

He’s no longer the 18-year-old who was thrown into the unforgiving limelight in his first game as a college freshman — without having been a full-time quarterback in high school until his senior season — when starter Wilton Speight suffered a back injury.

Now Thompson-Robinson is officially one of the guys to watch, appearing on both the Davey O’Brien Award and Maxwell Award watchlists.

He’s the guy who used some of his new name, image and likeness earnings to take his offensive teammates on a boat ride. It was a team-building outing before camp, taking with them memories of seeing dolphins play – and insights into how the youngest of them could play right away, like Thompson-Robinson did.

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“I let all these guys on the boat know… ‘You guys have a chance to play,'” Thompson-Robinson said. “‘But only if you do the work that needs to be done.'”

Getting on the field is one thing, producing takes even more work. Especially when you’re the quarterback at UCLA.

“You have to learn to be a quarterback. Everyone thinks you just go out there and throw a ball and you lead,” Thompson-Robinson said Friday, making air quotes as he spoke. “But what leads if you don’t know what you’re doing?”

His confident, no-nonsense demeanor is an indicator that he now has a much better idea of ​​what he’s doing. The croak that crept into his voice after just one clearly communicative exercise was another sign.

So are the results.

The growing pains that accompanied the spurts — for both him and his team — eased last season when the Bruins, who went 10-21 in his first three seasons (when he started 24 games), went 8-4 completed.

Thompson-Robinson contributed more to this than his winning smile. He was first in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (153.94), passing yards per attempt (8.51), total offense (274.36), and total offensive touchdowns (30).

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