Robison might face former Longhorns teammate

Brian Robison doesn’t know which Washington quarterback he will be facing Sunday, but he might be trying to sack his former college teammate.

After two road games in a row, the Minnesota Vikings will come back to TCF Bank Stadium to host the Washington Redskins. It will be a reunion of sorts for two former Texas Longhorn starters, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison and the Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy.

The two of them were both at Texas together during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, but were only starting together during the final of the two. Robison has always been a supporter of McCoy, especially around the time the quarterback was entering into the NFL draft.

“We’ll have to treat it just like any other game, but I mean it will be good to see Colt,” Robison said when asked what it will be like to go up against his former teammate. “And being a former teammate at Texas it will be good to see him – he has been playing pretty well (in Washington) – so it will be great to see him, but we have to get after him.”

The two have had different career paths upon entering into the NFL.

Robison was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth-round of the 2007 draft, and still plays with them. He made an instant impact during his rookie year – paying in all 16 games during the season, and starting in five of them, and now he is now one of the veteran leaders on the defense.

McCoy was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft and fell further in the draft than some experts predicted because he is smaller than the stereo-typical NFL quarterback. The Browns were hoping to sit him during his rookie year in hopes of being able to develop him into their quarterback of the future. Because of injuries, however, he was forced to start early.

In 2011, McCoy was the starter throughout the entirety of the season, but failed to win many games (4-9-1) and was then benched in 2012 in favor of rookie Brandon Weeden. McCoy was then traded to the San Francisco 49ers in April 2013, where he did not once see the field. He signed with the Washington Redskins during the 2014 offseason and remains there today.

McCoy was again supposed to remain a backup during the 2014 season, but with injuries and poor performances by the quarterbacks ahead of him, he was able to find the field again in Week 7 and help lead his team to victory. He was also slated as the starter for the Week 8 game Monday night against Dallas but his status against the Vikings is not certain with the possibility of Robert Griffen III coming back from injury.

The not knowing of which quarterback is going to be starting could be a difficult thing for defensive ends such as Robison, as they do not know which style of play to be expecting. Robison is not concerned with that, however, and just goes about doing his job.

“We just have to go in there and prepare like we do every week, which is prepare for whatever wrinkles they have or whatever,” said Robison. “Whether it’s RGIII or whether it’s Colt, doesn’t really matter. We got to make sure we are really in tuned to what they do on offense.”

Robison said he will not watch his former teammate play during his Monday night game, but will instead watch it during his film time.

But no matter if it’s his former teammate or someone else starting at quarterback for Washington, expect Robison, and the rest of the Vikings defense, to be ready for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

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