Robinson looking to 'utilize' skills

When Nate Robinson signed a letter of intent to play football for Washington, it was expected that the 5-10, 175-pound athlete from Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach would compete for playing time as a return specialist at the very least and maybe even make his mark as a defensive back right off the bat.

When we caught up with Nate after the East beat his West squad 13-3 Friday night in Everett, Nate had some thoughts about his immediate future at Montlake.

Me, my Dad (Jacque), Coach Romar and Coach Neuheisel have all talked about me redshirting, but I need to weigh my options, see what's best for me," Robinson told Dawgman.com. "I'll probably play wide receiver, special teams. A utility man. Wherever I need to play." Nate is also fully committed to playing hoops as well for the Dawgs.

He took the West's loss in stride, sounding downright philosophical. "I had fun with the guys," he said. "We wanted a victory, so it was a little disappointing. I wanted to go out there and play my game but I was trying to make things happen too much. I didn't let the game come to me. I was trying to force things with those little reverses, but things don't always go according to plan."

And the highlight of his week as an all-star? "Playing Marco Polo," he said with a laugh. "We've been playing that since the first day we came."

Nate let us in on his plans for the immediate future. "My plan right now is to work out with Isaiah (Stanback), play some basketball and get ready for football and our camp on August 6th."

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