Friday, October 24, 2008

Senior Spotlight: Robiskie & Williams


Robiskie led the Buckeyes in receiving as a junior and is a coach’s dream—both on and off the field—not surprising since his father Terry coaches wide receivers for the Atlanta Falcons. Robiskie has a solid frame, with good speed and an even better understanding of the game. He runs crisp routes, has above average hands, and is efficient. While Robiskie’s numbers are down from last season (55-935-11), part of the reason is the change at quarterback, not to mention the growing pains of a freshman signal caller. His vision allows him to find the openings in the seams of opposing defenses. Consistency defines Robiskie and what he brings to the field—call him Mr. Reliable. In addition to his accomplish-ments on the field, Robiskie is a 2008 Draddy Trophy Semifinalist.

2008: 26 Receptions, 242 Yards, Five Touchdowns
Career: 111 Receptions, 1,573 Yards, 21 Touchdowns


The Maryland native came to Happy Valley as one of the Nittany Lions’ biggest recruits in school history, and that’s saying a lot. While he has not quite lived up to all the hype, Williams has had a solid college career to this point. The physical skills are there, particularly in the speed department—Williams is a legitimate burner capable of running by defenders. His biggest strength is the ability to make people miss, particularly in the open field so it’s no surprise that Williams is an electrifying return man, primarily as a punt returner. He is also a weapon in the running game, on reverses and end-arounds. More than anything else in his final campaign in Happy Valley, the senior wide out has had the knack for making the right play at the right time—call him Mr. Momentum.

2008: 25 Receptions, 282 Yards, One Touchdown
Career: 142 Receptions, 1,540 Yards, Six Touchdowns

Photo Credit: OSU Athletics