Brian Robison NFL Bio

Get the NFL's official bio on the Vikings' first fourth-round draft choice, Texas defensive end Brian Robison.

Overview

Robison was one of the more unheralded athletes in college football, but the tandem of him and fellow end Tim Crowder was one of the best in the country. The duo combined for 372 tackles (224 solos), 34 sacks for minus-241 yards, 81 stops for losses totaling 329 yards, 133 quarterback pressures, four fumble recoveries, 12 forced fumbles, 21 pass break-ups, three interceptions and six blocked kicks over the last four seasons.

Robison was a two-sport standout for the Longhorns, as he also excelled in track-and-field. He earned All-Big 12 Conference honors and qualified for the NCAA Finals in the discus and shot put, winning the conference shot put title in 2005 and ?06.

He set the school shot put record with a toss of 68-3.75 (20.82m) at the 2005 NCAA Midwest Regional. His 195-10 (59.68m) mark in the discus won the 2006 Big 12 outdoor title and ranks as the third-longest toss in school history behind Jim McGoldrick's 208-9 (63.64m) in 1976 and Derek Randall's 200-7 (61.14m) at the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional.

At Spledora High School, Robison was also a two-sport star, earning All-State honors in both football and track-and-field. A four-year starter at defensive tackle (freshman) and linebacker (final three years), he registered 66 tackles for losses and 28 sacks in his final three seasons. As a senior, he earned second-team All-State Class 3A and first-team All-District honors, registering 98 tackles, 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage, eight sacks and four pass deflections.

Robison was an honorable mention All-State and first-team All-District selection as a junior. He posted 121 tackles, 14 stops for losses, eight sacks and seven pass break-ups for a defense that allowed only 101 points in 2000. He added 125 tackles, 32 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 12 sacks, 12 pass deflections and an interception as a sophomore. He also saw action at running back (averaged 11 yards per carry and scored three times) and tight end during his career.

In track, he was one of the state's top discus and shot putters, winning both events at the district, regional and state meets as a senior. He won the 2002 UIL Championship (Class 3A) in the discus (203-1) and shot put (64-3-3/4), and won the shot (63-0-1/2) and placed second in the discus (192-9) at the 75th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Robison also played basketball (forward) for four years and baseball (pitcher) for two years.

Robison enrolled at Texas in 2002, spending the season competing on the scout team as an inside linebacker. He started three of 13 contests at inside linebacker in 2003, coming up with 38 tackles (22 solos) with a sack and three stops for losses. He caused a fumble and generated 14 quarterback pressures while tying a school single-season record with four blocked kicks.

In 2004, Robison shifted to right defensive end, earning Associated Press All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention. He produced 48 tackles (27 solos) with 1.5 sacks, ranked second on the team with 14 stops behind the line of scrimmage and posted 18 pressures.

Robison was again named All-Big 12 honorable mention as a junior. He collected a career-high 58 tackles (35 solos) while leading the Longhorns with seven sacks and 15 stops for losses. He generated 10 pressures with two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He also blocked a kick and deflected four passes.

Robison was bothered by right leg and knee problems, a strained quadriceps muscle and also battled pneumonia. He missed the Sam Houston State game, but still managed to start 10 times at right end. He registered 37 tackles (22 solos) with 5.5 sacks, nine stops behind the line of scrimmage and 15 pressures. He blocked a kick for the sixth time in his career and batted down three passes.

In 49 games at Texas, Robison started 36 times (three at inside linebacker, 33 at right end). He recorded 181 tackles (106 solos) with 15 sacks for minus-121 yards and 41 stops for losses totaling 171 yards. He added 57 quarterback pressures, a two-yard interception return and eight pass deflections. He caused four fumbles and recovered two others, advancing one recovery nine yards. He also blocked six kicks.

Analysis

Positives: Has adequate upper body muscle tone, but displays a thick lower torso, with strong, well-developed thighs and calves and has room on his frame to add at least another 10 pounds of bulk without it affecting his quickness...Has good knee bend and flexibility working down the line...Is a quick study with the playbook and has a good feel for blocking schemes...Active with his hands, getting them up quickly coming out of his stance to get into the blocker's chest...Plays with awareness and has no problems locating the ball in a crowd, despite his lack of ideal height...Lacks explosion coming off the ball, but will attack with a consistent tempo...Has good bend and sinks his pads well in attempt to avoid blocks working through trash...Effective at holding his ground vs. double teams due to his lower body power and strong anchor...When he keeps his hands active, he is effective at controlling blockers with good lock-out and extension...Struggles some to disengage, but when he does, he has adequate lateral quickness to make plays on the move...Closes from the backside with good urgency and has the sustained speed to take a long route to the ball (just lacks suddenness)...Gets better success when he slants or takes angles, but when he faces up to the blocker head-on, he is ineffective at getting a push to rock the linemen back on their heels...Shows good hand strength when he wraps and secures the ball carrier...Compensates for a lack of blazing speed by reading the play quickly to get into proper position to make the tackle (good at neutralizing the cutback lanes)...Has good swim and rip moves coming off the edge on the pass rush and uses his hands well to sidestep low blocks, keeping his balance when playing in space...Has great timing on his leaps and excels as a kick blocker on special teams...With his linebacker experience dropping back into pass coverage, he could provide value standing up in a 3-4 alignment...Might not win all of his battles, but he has a hard charge chasing from the back-side, displaying proper body lean off the corner...Adequate at flushing the quarterback out of the pocket and showed improvement in 2006 using his hands to control and adjust off blocks.

Negatives: Has natural strength, but needs to add upper body bulk, as his lack of ideal size hurts him at times when combating double teams (can stack when he keeps his hands active, but lacks consistency pushing the blocker back)...Needs to come off the ball with a quicker burst (tends to take a rolling start, but the tempo is consistent)...Susceptible to reach and cut blocks, as he lacks the long arms to keep blockers from engulfing him... Tends to lose leverage when taking a blocker head-on...Gets most of his sacks on effort, lacking the suddenness to close...Not a viable option as a full-time linebacker, as he doesn't show the range to change direction and an instant and chase down plays along the sidelines...Durability issues in 2006 limited his effectiveness (right knee and leg might need further medical evaluation).

Compares To: BRYCE FISHER-Seattle...Robison is a blue-collar type who lacks quick-twitch moves coming off the snap, is a bit undersized and needs to improve his upper body strength. Despite his size issues, he finds ways to get to the ball and has the lower body strength to hold his position at the point of attack. He excels as a kick blocker and plays with good discipline, as he always seems to be in position to make the play. While he might not be starting material, he has enough assets to contribute in a line rotation.

Career Notes

Ranks 12th in school history with 41 tackles behind the line of scrimmage...His four blocked kicks in 2003 tied the school single-season record that was first set by Shane Dronett in 1991...His total of six blocked kicks during his career set a Longhorns all-time record.

2006 Season

All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention...Battled through a rash of injuries, but still managed to start ten of twelve games at right defensive end...Recorded a career-low 37 tackles (22 solos)...Added 5.5 sacks for minus 47 yards, nine stops for losses of 55 yards and 15 quarterback pressures...Deflected three passes and blocked one kick...Sat out the Sam Houston State game after he was carted off the field in the second quarter of the Iowa State clash, suffering a deep right knee and patella tendon bruised and a quadriceps muscle strain.

2005 Season

All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection by the Austin-American Statesman, adding second-team honors from the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and Fort Worth Star-Telegram and honorable mention from the league's coaches and Associated Press... Started 12 games at right defensive end...Recorded a career-high 58 tackles (35 solos), as he led the team with seven sacks for minus 62 yards and 15 stops for losses of 80 yards...Credited with ten quarterback pressures, four pass deflections and three forced fumbles...Blocked one kick and recovered two fumbles...Was a key member of a defense that ranked 10th nationally in total defense (302.9 ypg), eighth in scoring defense (16.4 ppg), eighth in passing defense (172.0 ypg) and 33rd in rushing defense (130.9 ypg).

2004 Season

Associated Press All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention...Started all twelve games at right defensive end and also participated on special teams...Was a key part of a defense that allowed just 320.1 yards per game (23rdth NCAA), 107.4 rushing yards per game (16th NCAA) and 17.9 points per game (18th NCAA)...Recorded 48 tackles (27 solos) with 1.5 sacks for minus 6 yards and a 2-yard interception...Finished second on the team with 14 stops for minus 26 yards and 18 quarterback pressures.

2003 Season

Played in all thirteen games at middle linebacker, starting the Arkansas, Rice and Kansas State contests for an injured Garnet Smith...Earned one of UT's Whatever It Takes (W.I.T.) Awards, as he registered 38 tackles (22 solos), a 6-yard sack and four stops for losses of 10 yards...Collected 14 quarterback pressures and caused one fumble...Deflected one pass and tied the school single-season record with four blocked kicks, matching a mark first set by Shane Dronett in 1991.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman, competing on the scout team as a middle linebacker.

Track

Standout in track for the Longhorns, lettering four times in the shot put and discus...Was an All-Big 12 Conference choice as a freshman, sophomore and senior...Qualified for the NCAA Finals in the discus and shot put, winning the conference shot put title in 2005 and ?06... Set the school shot put record with a toss of 68-3.75 (20.82m) at the 2005 NCAA Midwest Regional...His 195-10 (59.68m) mark in the discus won the 2006 Big 12 outdoor title and ranks as the third-longest toss in school history behind Jim McGoldrick's 208-9 (63.64m) in 1976 and Derek Randall's 200-7 (61.14m) at the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional.

Injury Report

2005: Missed most of the Oklahoma State game (10/29) and sat out the Baylor game (11/05) with a right knee sprain.

2006: Played vs. Ohio State (9/09) while battling pneumonia...Missed the Sam Houston State contest (9/30) after he was leg whipped in the second quarter of the Iowa State game. Was carted off the field with right knee and patella tendon bruises and a quadriceps muscle strain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.84 in the 40-yard dash...450-pound bench press...560-pound squat...345-pound power clean.

High School

Attended Splendora (Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Kevin Weldon...Earned All-State honors in both football and track and field...Four-year starter at defensive tackle (freshman) and linebacker (final three years)...Registered 66 tackles for losses and 28 sacks in his final three seasons...As a senior, he earned second-team All-State Class 3A and first-team All-District honors, registering 98 tackles, 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage, eight sacks and four pass deflections...Honorable mention All-State and first-team All-District selection as a junior...Posted 121 tackles, 14 stops for losses, eight sacks and seven pass break-ups for a defense that allowed only 101 points in 2000... Added 125 tackles, 32 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 12 sacks, 12 pass deflections and an interception as a sophomore...Also saw action at running back (averaged 11 yards per carry and scored three times) and tight end during his career...In track, he was one of the state's top discus and shot putters, winning both events at the district, regional and state meets as a senior...Won the 2002 UIL Championship (Class 3A) in the discus (203-1) and shot put (64-3-3/4), and won the shot (63-0-1/2) and placed second in the discus (192-9) at the 75th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays...Recorded the top discus (215-2) and shot throws (66-2) in the state as a senior (all classes)...His discus mark also was the best nationally among prep players...Won the Texas 3A discus title (184-6) and placed fourth in the shot (55-2 1/4) as a junior...Finished second in the discus at the 2000 state meet...Set the AAU Junior Olympic national record in winning the discus (202-7) in the summer of 2002...Also finished second in the shot and sixth in the javelin...Earned the Joe Ferrell Most Outstanding Field Athlete for his performance at that meet...Also played basketball (forward) for four years and baseball (pitcher) for two years...Honor Roll student...Four-year Academic All-District selection...Earned second-team Academic All-State honors as a senior...Had his number 40 jersey retired by Splendora High School in September 2004.

Personal

Liberal Arts major...Member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll...Father, Jimmy, played linebacker on Ranger Junior College's National Championship team in the 1970s... Cousin, Casey Jones, played offensive guard at Texas Tech (1994-96)...Born Brian Gale Robison on 4/28/83 in Houston, Texas...Resides in Splendora, Texas.

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