Robiskie Hoping To Make His Mark

Sophomore wide receiver Brian Robiskie came to OSU with an outstanding pedigree and has since proven to be one of the team's most promising young talents. Fans should be seeing much more of Robiskie on the field this year. Kyle Lamb caught up with Robiskie for the latest.

When Brian Robiskie went to Columbus two years ago for an unofficial visit to Ohio State, he was regarded as being an overachiever and a coach's son.

In relative short order, the 6-3 sophomore receiver hopes to make a name for himself and be anything but just an overachiever.

Robiskie is the son of Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie. He was a standout for Chagrin Falls where he set the high school's all-time receiving record with 1,885 career receiving yards and 34 touchdowns.

It's hard to fathom being called an overachiever with those kinds of numbers. It's not quite as hard to understand how he was struggling to ditch the label of coach's son.

"I'm not taking anything away from my dad," Robiskie said on Media Day this past Thursday, "but I want to start doing some things and get my name out there because of me and not because of him."

Robiskie visited Ohio State in January of 2005 shortly after favoring the University of Miami (Fla.) rather heavily.

In fact, Robiskie said he was basically committed to Miami right before taking the trip to Ohio State.

After taking the visit to Ohio State, he returned home to Cleveland to talk things over with his father. He was convinced and had a new leader.

"I think sitting down and talking to my coaches (Jim Tressel and his staff at Ohio State) was what did it," he recalled of what changed his mind from leaning towards the Hurricanes. "Them being straight forward with me and telling me exactly what I needed to do to be successful was really what motivated me."

In that January 2005 tour, Robiskie recalls being mesmerized by the Fisher School of Business, the coaches, the facilities and many other things.

He especially took note of the pictures of former receivers on the walls of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

"That played a big part in me coming here," Robiskie remembers. "Comparing receivers to receivers (with Miami) made a big difference."

Just in the last 10 years, receivers like Joey Galloway, Terry Glenn, Michael Jenkins and Santonio Holmes have made names for themselves and went on to become high draft picks in the NFL.

With Robiskie's father having spent so much time coaching on the NFL level, he knows exactly what it takes to get better and how to do it.

"I need to be consistent – from listening to my dad and my coaches," Robiskie explains. "A lot of hard work, I need to be consistent in blocking, running after the catch - all the small things."

This season Robiskie has an opportunity to step into a greater role in just his second season in the program with the departure of Holmes, a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While Holmes and his team-high 977 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns must be replaced, Robiskie is hoping to build off his successful spring game where he caught three passes for 59 yards.

"You want to do your best during spring ball so that when you come into fall camp, you're as ready as you can be," he says.

Robiskie and redshirt freshman receiver Brian Hartline have grown close since arriving at Ohio State last summer. Both figure to weigh heavily into the 2006 outlook and both are knocking on the door of the two-deep.

It helps, says Robiskie, that they are committed to working overtime and have a great relationship with receiver coach Darrell Hazell.

"Me and Brian aren't afraid to sit down and talk with our coach if we're not sure of something," Robiskie explains. "We have a good relationship with him and if there's anything we're not sure about, we can sit down and he can clear it up for us."

It's sometimes cliché to say a school manages to reload – especially at any given position.

But in this case, it may be accurate.

In the theme of attempting to make a name for himself, Robiskie and his friend Hartline may be soon ready to continue in the recent line of Buckeye receivers.

"Brian Hartline and I are really understanding the plays and how things are supposed to be done," he said. "Things have been easy for us and when things are easy, we are successful."
 


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