Robinson strives for healthy 2010 campaign

Despite missing a full game and parts of three others due to various injuries, ISU running back Alexander Robinson was able to post a 1,200-yard season in 2009.

So what is Robinson trying to do to prevent those injuries and have an even more productive campaign to 2010? Robinson said he is doing several things to improve his flexibility, including yoga.

"I have just done a lot of things to take care of my body and stay healthy this season," Robinson said. "Those injuries weren't contact injuries but it was more freak injuries, so I'm trying to prevent them."

Robinson finished the season with 137 yards in an Insight Bowl win over Minnesota after having time to rest during bowl preparation. Robinson then followed that up with a solid spring, while some of his backups got more time.

"We have a pretty good stable of running backs and that was showcased this spring," Rhoads said. "When you have a twelve hundred yard rusher and he did that in only 9 or 10 games of play, you are a key player."

Robinson was hurt in the Kansas State game in early September but still played through the injury in the next two games before missing the game against Nebraska.

"I wish we can control his health; we can control the way he practices," Rhoads said. "We can't control what happens in games and that is where he sustained all of his injuries.

"Nobody takes care of his body and trains smarter than Alexander and we count on that to help his health this season," Rhoads said.

Despite his nearly 1,500 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns, Robinson has yet to receive any Big 12 recognition.

"I think Alexander Robinson is a guy that is underrated in this league, and I wouldn't trade him for another back in this league," Rhoads said at Big 12 media days in July. "I think he ranks right up there with all of them. He runs it. He catches it. He blocks. He's intelligent. He's a leader."

Robinson said with the offense being in its second year under coordinator Tom Herman it is more at ease with their roles and that hopefully will lead to more production.

"Everyone is just more comfortable in the offense and that allows you to make quicker decisions and execute better," Robinson said. "The spread offense allows you to see your holes a lot sooner, the holes are a lot wider because the defense has to defend the whole field. "It expands your vision for you," Robinson said.

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