"Im going to be out there Tuesday going full speed," Robison said.
"Brad Smith was flushed out of the pocket and I was chasing him to the outside," Robison said Monday. "I saw he was getting ready to throw the ball so I decided to make a last effort. I dove and I landed on my ribs and ended up dislocating one of them. I went to the sideline and was having trouble breathing. I took a deep breath and it popped back in. Its a little sore. It was more sore yesterday than it was today. Overall, its not too bad."
Peterson exited Oklahomas 43-21 win over Kansas State with about ten minutes remaining in the second quarter. Trainers taped, and re-taped, Petersons right foot as he walked gingerly on the sideline for the remainder of the contest. The sophomore could have played in the second half, according to Sooner coach Bob Stoops
OUs 12-0 shutout last season served as the launching pad for Petersons Heisman campaign. The perception was that his 225 rushing yards could be largely attributed to Texas lack of depth and speed at DE.
"The outside containment wasnt on the defensive ends last year," Robison said. "Im not going to say who it was on but weve definitely got to do a better job this year. We cant let them get to the outside. If we let (Peterson) get to the outside, thats going to hurt us. Weve got to get out there, fill our gaps, do our job, and funnel the ball where its supposed to go."
Robison gets the early vote for Texas most improved defensive player this season. His 25 tackles is tops among down linemen while he leads the team with nine TFLs (-36 yards). Head coach Mack Brown believes Robison is faster this season, although the junior said Monday that hes never been officially timed at Texas. Robison ran a 4.47 (at 250 pounds) just before his freshman season and estimates that he currently runs about a 4.55 (at 280 pounds).
In addition to defensive coaches improving his stance, first step and ultimately, pursuit angles, "We do a lot of leg work in the weight room to increase our speed," he told Inside Texas, "plus Im over at track so I do a lot of track stuff, which definitely helps. A lot of guys do bungee chords in the off-season. We do a lot of over-speed work, a lot of sleds. Definitely, I feel like were faster. In the past, a lot of people have told us that we were a fast defense but not as tough or as physical as we needed to be. I feel like weve got the whole aspect now."
Texas enters the OU game looking to end a five-year skid in the series that will observe its Centennial Game this Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. The No. 2 Horns enter the game with their highest ranking since 1984 when then-No. 1 Texas played No.2 Oklahoma to a 15-15 deadlock in a driving rain storm.
"I definitely feel that we are the better team this year," Robison said. "At the same time, just because youre the better team doesnt mean youre going to win. Youve got to go out there Saturday and play like youre the better team."
Kickoff is set for noon Central in an ABC telecast.