Central's Injured Robinson Keeps Spirits Up

Injured Little Rock Central linebacker Antwain Robinson has been told his next game will be in college, but he's not buying that just yet.

Doctors are telling injured Little Rock Central linebacker Antwain Robinson that he's out for the year, but he's not buying it just yet.

"They say I won't play again until college, but they also tell me I am way ahead of schedule with my rehab," Robinson said. "I'm thinking more like the second game of the playoffs."

Robinson (6-2, 221) had 82 tackles last season from his defensive end spot, where he recorded 12 sacks and 20 tackles for lost yardage as the Tigers raced to a 14-0 dream season that ended in a Class AAAAA championship.

But just as he was getting ready for a move to linebacker, which is his projected college position, Robinson got troubling news that he was suffering from osteochondritis dissecans - a disorder that occurs when there is a loss of blood supply to an area of bone underneath a joint surface.

That led to surgery and the news that his senior season would be thoroughly disrupted.

"I wasn't very happy, but I have learned to deal with it and I can feel it getting better," Robinson said. "I have started working out. I can't do anything right now that involves resisting weights, but I am doing a lot of other things to keep my muscle tone."

Arkansas, which signed Central's Fred Bledsoe and Freddie Fairchild back in February, offered him a scholarship back in the spring and it's still on the table while Tennessee has also continued to show interest - albeit without an offer to this point.

"I'm going to hold up just a little while and think things over," Robinson said. "I really like Arkansas and am going to come to a lot of games."

Central opens its season Sept. 3 at West Memphis in rematch of last season's state title game.

"I think we are going to have another great team and another great year," Robinson said. "I just hope I get to help them finish it off."

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