Growing up watching NFL games on the sidelines gave one of SMU's newest players a lot of motivation and encouragement.
Being the son of a NFL coach, Andrew Robiskie got to learn first hand how the game is played and what it takes to get to the game's highest level.
Robiskie signed with Southern Methodist University and enrolled in school in January, getting a head start on learning the new offense of the Mustangs while working his way up the depth chart. The talented offensive lineman plans on using everything he has learned in his past to make him a better college football player.
"I love it so far," Robiskie told PonyStampede.com Sunday. "The players and people on campus have made it easy for me to adjust. I had never been to Texas before; it's definitely a learning experience."
Robiskie chose SMU for one reason, that being new Head Football Coach June Jones.
"I thought I was going to Hawaii ," Robiskie said. "They offered me first and I was all set to play my career on the Islands . It's a blessing for me that Coach Jones got the SMU job. SMU is much closer to home for me, something I didn't realize was going to be so important for me."
Andrew's father Terry, a 26 year coaching veteran in the NFL, recently was hired as the wide receiver coach for the Atlanta Falcons.
"Dallas is far away from Atlanta ," Robiskie laughed. "It has been a tough adjustment being away from home for the first time. I don't know what I would have done if I had ended up in Hawaii."
Robiskie played his high school football at Chagrin Falls High School in Ohio and the standout lineman had never been to Texas.
"I had a perception of Texas before I got here," Robiskie laughed. "I had never seen so many guys in cowboy hats and boots. I had to go out and get me a hat. Everything has taken time to get used to, but I love it here."
Robiskie got the opportunity to enroll at mid term; something that he feels will give him an advantage over fellow incoming freshmen this fall.
"This offense is so complex," Robiskie said. "It's a definite advantage to have a full semester to get acclimated to everything. The chance of going through an entire spring of practices is a big plus; right now I'm running second string."
One thing that the spring season has taught the offensive lineman is how manage his time.
"I have been working on how to schedule my time and maintain my grades at the same time," Robiskie said. "I have also learned how big a tool watching film can be. It has helped me already in improving my game."
Hawaii was the first school to offer. He also had offers to play at Miami (FL), Arizona and Arizona State.
There is no doubt in Robiskie's mind that he made the right choice.
"I love Coach Jones so much," Robiskie said. "There is no doubt this is the place for me. I know I made the right decision."
Robiskie has been impressed with his fellow teammates' new attitude.
"Everyone has stopped talking and started working hard," Robiskie noted. "This team is hungry. We all want to win and we are willing to do what it takes to get that done."
Robiskie earned all state and all conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. Andrew's older brother Brian is a junior starting wide receiver for Ohio State.