Robbins stepping up

Josh Robbins is stepping up in the absence of Adam Hall and is looking for considerable playing time this season.

With Adam Hall going down with an ACL injury, several players are going to be asked to step up and replace his on-field production. With a strong individual finish to the 2010 campaign, many figured Hall would be one of the stars of the defense in 2011, but it looks as if that will be delayed until - at the very least – the middle of the season.

One player looking to step up is Josh Robbins, who was able to impress during Saturday's scrimmage with an interception. He proved to be very active during Saturday's session and could work his way onto the playing field in 2011.

Robbins has been anxious to get on the field since he left high school and he was happy with his performance on the field Saturday.

"It was awesome," Robbins said. "It was my first pick in a game situation so I was excited for that."

Not only was Robbins enthused with his personal performance, but he was satisfied with the way the rest of the defense came out and performed.

"We came out hyped and ready to play," Robbins said. "We finally threw the pads on ready to hit."

It was a possibility that Robbins would see the field in 2011 even if Hall didn't injure his knee. Now that Hall is out for a considerable amount of time, Robbins role will undoubtedly increase. Despite Hall not being able to make an impact on the field, he has still taken time out to help Robbins and the rest of the secondary prepare for the 2011 campaign.

"Since Adam has been out, he has been helping a lot of the younger players." Robbins said. "He is trying to fit us all in our position, so he's just trying to get us ready."

Hall's injury leaves a lot of uncertainty in the secondary, but his knowledge and tutelage should go a long way with the younger players on the roster. Even with the help, Robbins knows that replacing Hall is going to be no easy task.

"They're big shoes to fill," Robbins said. "Since Adam's out now, he is helping us get through everything; helping us recognize blitzes and coverages. It's a process you have to learn."

The start of the season is still several months away, but Robbins is ready to go. He has a lot of work to put in until the start of the campaign in early September, but Robbins is simply excited to get the process rolling again.

"It's awesome," Robbins said. "I'm still just here learning everything and trying to be the best I can."

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