Robertson Adjusting Well To College Level

Defensive end Travian Robertson was one of the jewels of South Carolina's 2007 recruiting class, and the former 4-star prospect elected to enroll at USC early to get a jump start on his college career. Only two days into the spring, Robertson has already impressed with his raw athleticism and willingness to work, and he appears primed to see extensive snaps in the fall. spoke with Robertson following Thursday's workout, and the talented newcomer talked about his adjustment to the college level and much more.

Question: How are things going for you so far this spring?

Answer: It's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. It's a faster pace on the field, but as long as you get the plays down pat it‘s okay. Class-wise, it's still the same. I just come out here and then do my study hall. You've got to get your rest now. It's not like winter workouts where you've got to get up at five o'clock in the morning. Here you've got to get your rest in and still study at the same time.

Question: Have any of the older players kind of taken you under their wing since you got here?

Answer: Eric (Norwood) , I've been sticking with him a lot because I back him up. He played a lot last year, so he knows a lot. With me backing him up, he makes sure I know what to do. Lem (Jeanpierre) helps me out. He was my host on my official (visit), so he's been helping me out since I got here too.

Question: What's it like playing under Defensive Line Coach Brad Lawing?

Answer: I like him. He knows what he's doing. Nothing he tells us is wrong. Some coaches might be wrong and they think they're right, but Coach Lawing has been coaching for a long time, so he knows what he's doing.

Question: What goals have you set for yourself this spring?

Answer: Just to go and finish the spring healthy. I just want to go through spring practice and have a good spring game.

Question: How close is your knee to 100-percent right now?

Answer: I feel like it's 100-percent, but they want me to prevent things from happening. That's why I'm wearing this brace. I don't like wearing the brace, because I don't feel anything wrong with it.

Question: How did the winter workouts go for you?

Answer: I came in at 239 (pounds) and now I'm 255. Strength-wise, I feel like my endurance picked up, and I feel like I‘ve gotten a lot stronger. When I first got here, my first workout was so tiring, but as I kept going on, I felt like I was just going through it and I didn't need any help.

Question: How did you time in the pre-spring forty yard dash a couple weeks ago?

Answer: I was looking forward to running on the track like high school, but everything's changed from high school. You don't run on the track, and you don't run on spikes. I probably would have ran a 4.5 on the track, but running on grass, I ran a 4.7.

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