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."
Central's Injured Robinson Keeps Spirits Up
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