Robertson could return to where it began

<b>A STAR OF the 2003 Beaver signing class</b>, Lake Oswego native Keith Robertson never ended up donning the black and orange, eventually going the JC route. The explosive defensive end is preparing for his sophomore season and just might end up back where he started -- at Oregon State.

A two-way force at defensive end and tight end for Lake Oswego High, Robertson signed with Oregon State over offers from Oregon and Washington in 2003. Academic issues necessitated a junior college detour, where Robertson is preparing for his sophomore season at Foothill College, located near San Francisco.

"I felt very comfortable being a part of that program," said Robertson, explaining why he originally signed with the Beavs. "I liked the environment, the players, the coaches -- everything. I knew a lot of the players at Oregon State so I felt very at home."

The 6-3, 240-pounder with 4.6 speed off the edge is open to any school, although he's most familiar with the Pac-10. It's too early to think about frontrunners but he could see himself coming out of the home locker room and racing onto the Reser field turf someday. It would just be a few years later than he originally planned on.

"That's why I'm working hard right now, working before the spring, getting ready to go this next season so I can have the opportunity again. (OSU) was a good place to be at -- the Pac-10 is a big time conference.

ROBERTSON DESCRIBES HIS freshman season at Foothill as "average". After being out of football for a year, Robertson spent much of the Owls' season shaking off a year's worth of rust and trying to get comfortable within the framework of the defense.

"I think I could have done a lot better," he said. But something clicked towards the tail end of his freshman year. He also found increased motivation to work at his craft. Here before spring break, he's attacking his workouts from start to finish.

"My work ethic is better," he said. "I'm making sure I finish every rep and working on my speed and quickness."

In a four year school, Robertson will be looking for many of the same things as the first time around -- a family environment and good atmosphere throughout the program and school. In a defensive line coach, he'd enjoy playing for a perfectionist and an accomplished teacher of the game.

"And really, just the best place that I can go to succeed and compete," he said.

THEN COACH DENNIS ERICKSON referred to Robertson as one of the better players he recruited in his time at Oregon State. A first-team all-league selection on both offense and defense, Robertson exploded off the line as he racked up 180 tackles and 30 sacks in his final two seasons with the Lakers.

He was also a solid tight end -- one who paid more than lip service to the blocking aspect of the position. "As a tight end, he is the best blocker I have ever coached," said Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury, himself an All-American wide receiver for Oregon State. Robertson grabbed 12 passes for 260 yards (21.7 average) and 5 TDs his senior season.

"He's athletic," said Foothill coach Marshall Sperbeck, of the player who sported a 37 inch vertical jump out of high school. "Runs a 4.6 in the 40. He's one of those guys who can run pretty good."

Robertson is also one of those players who puts team goals up high. He made it a point to talk about Foothill's team goals rather than tunnel visioning on his own aspirations.

"I think we have a very good chance to compete and try to win it all," said the sophomore-to-be. "We're working hard. We have a good team with good players and we're well balanced. We look to be very competitive this year."

Scheduled to graduate in June of next year, Robertson will have 3 to play 2.

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