PSU Pledge Robinson Talks Injury

The Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt four-star running back sat out of his team's 34-14 win at State High on Friday night.

STATE COLLEGE – If he needed to play Friday night, Andre Robinson said he could have.

A bulky black brace on his right knee and a set of crutches to prop him up said otherwise.

The Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt and four-star Penn State running back commit watched from the sidelines as the Crusaders beat State High 34-14 at Memorial Field.

“I have some deep bone bruising in my leg,” Robinson said. “It’s been going on for a couple weeks now so I figured I’d just sit out now while I can at the beginning of the season rather than wait it out and have it get worse or happen at the end of the season.

“I’m gonna get healthy and I’m not going to rush it so I’ll come back when I’m ready.”

Robinson joked afterward that his team didn’t even need him. On this night, anyway, he was right.

McDevitt scored three times on the ground, as the duo of Matt Geiger (brother to current Lion Adam) and Que’Shawn Jenkins ran over and around the Little Lions. The Crusaders finished with 234 yards rushing and 493 total.

Robinson’s injury occurred earlier this summer, but the back played through it. After an MRI Wednesday, though, he and the program learned a poorly placed hit could lead to a stress fracture.

“I’m gonna get healthy and I’m not going to rush it so I’ll come back when I’m ready.”

That led to Jenkins playing without any first-team practice reps this week. Again, it didn’t matter.

“We talked all week and again, if this would’ve been a playoff game he would’ve played,” McDevitt coach Jeff Weachter said. “We’re going to be real cautious with him because he has a bright future, plus as you can see we’re fine without him too. We want him for the long run.

“He and I told each other we love each other before the game and I said I know you really wanted to play this one and put a show on for the Penn State fans, but they’ll see him again.”

The senior is looking at beginning physical therapy this week, he said. The goal is to be crutch and brace free in a couple of weeks, yet no target date for a return is set.

“It’s tough but I try to cheer the other guys on and help the young guys,” Robinson said, “and in practice, coach just like the other coaches.

Robinson and his family will stay in State College Friday night and attend Penn State’s home-opener with Akron Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

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