"Robo" Working Hard in Off-Season

Brian Robiskie was banged up a little in the Spring Game, but that has not kept him from working as hard as possible in the off-season to get his body ready for the heart of the Big Ten schedule. Adam Jardy brings us up to date with Robiskie's progression in a Special To Scout.com.

Nothing is mandatory right now for the Ohio State football team. There are no scrimmages, no film sessions and no organized workouts.

At the same time, head coach Jim Tressel describes this time period between the end of spring football and the start of fall camp as the most important part of the year for his team.

"We always say that these next three months probably have more to say than the spring and the preseason because everybody we've played gets 15 spring practices like we do and everyone we play gets 29 practices in the preseason, so let's make the assumption we all use them well," he said following the spring game April 21. "So what's the edge going to be? The edge is going to be, ‘What are you doing?' "

This week marks the beginning of more structured workouts with the team's strength coaches, which are overseen by director of football performance Eric Lichter. Soon thereafter, the players will experience what wideout Brian Robiskie referred to as his least-favorite drill: "gassers."

Each player has to run 10 sprints across the field totaling 106 yards each. They are given 15 seconds to run them, and a 30-second break in between. It is just one part of the team's offseason strength and conditioning program.

But to get to that point, Robiskie said each player is simply concentrating on getting himself into the best shape possible on his own time.

"Guys right now, they're just getting in the weight room, rehabbing a little bit," he said. "A lot of guys are lifting, running, trying to stay in shape. I think that next week is when we really start that offseason program, really a different pace to the program."

Things are progressing a little bit differently right now for Robiskie, however. The 6-3, 195-pound wideout who is projected to be the Buckeyes' top target this season, has spent the time since the spring game rehabbing a knee injury suffered when he was hit while leaping for a pass along the sideline.

While in the air, Robiskie was hit by redshirt freshman Tyler Moeller, newly converted to the defensive secondary, and landed awkwardly.

"I tell him every day that he could've picked it; he just wanted to hit somebody," Robiskie said. "I'm working out, just rehabbing and trying to get ready for next week. I'm just trying to get some movement back."

The injury is not serious, though, and Robiskie said he would be able to play if the Buckeyes had a game the next day. As part of his rehab, he has been taking advantage of some of the new amenities offered at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center along with another injured player.

"Beanie (Wells), he's in there doing a little bit of stuff so I'm in there with him a little bit," he said. "They put that new racquetball court in there, so when I'm done we'll go over there and try to beat each other in racquetball. None of us know how to play. I'm not good at all."

The focus for now, then, is simply on getting himself back to 100 percent through strength training and as much conditioning as possible.

The end goal is to be in the best shape possible during the roughest part of the year: the heart of the Big Ten season. "You definitely want your body to feel the best during the season, but that comes from the work that you put in during the summer," he said.

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