Bowling Strikes

Mississippi State junior running back Josh Robinson has rushed for 887 yards through seven games, which is tops in the SEC. The Bulldogs' "Bowling Ball" has found the endzone ten times, which is also a high mark in the league. Needless to say, the back from Franklinton, Louisiana is having quite a season.

Dak Prescott may have captured the national headlines earlier this season, but Robinson is beginning to come into his own this fall as well.

"I will play in the back ground," said Robinson. "It really doesn't matter to me.

"I don't need the fame. I can play and just be J-Rob. Give me the ball and I will just do work then."

Being paired with a talented running quarterback is not a new experience for #13.

"It has been like this my whole life," said Robinson. "I had Terrance Magee, in high school.

"It's no different from high school. It just feels the same. There is not just pressure on one individual.

"You have to focus on the quarterback and the running back, so it takes pressure off of both of us."

Robinson has been more productive and efficient this fall earning more yards per game and averaging more yards per carry.

"My mindset is to get positive yards every time I touch the ball," said Robinson. "A first down every time I touch the ball won't be bad.

"You just have to get positive yards and stay focused."

Staying focused has allowed the Bulldog offense to be good counter punchers this season.

When an opposing offense has been able to score, the nation's #1 has answered right back.

"We have leaders outside of leaders and leaders on top of leaders," said Robinson. "The whole team is a veteran team and they have people on scholarship too.

"They are going to make plays. Our whole mindset is not to flinch.

"Ever since that game with Texas A&M last year, I have felt that bond with this team.

"I always knew we were going to make something special happen."

Now an underclassmen, Robinson remembers what it was lack to be down the depth chart as a freshman looking up at future NFLers Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins.

Robinson is doing his part to aid in the progress of freshman stable mates Aeris Williams and Dontavian Lee.

"They are picking it up pretty quick," said Robinson of the two young backs. "I was working out with them in developmental.

"On Sunday, They had just come back and I walked in. It brightened up their day.

"I wish Vick or Perk would have come in there when I was in development. I know how those guys feel and I try to inspire them everyday."


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