Ohio State WR: Brian Robiskie, Emerging Star
He wasn't highly-touted then, and he isn't highly-touted now—but that doesn't mean college football fans won't be hearing his name more and more in the coming months.
Robiskie, commonly referred to as "Robo" among teammates and fans, is a junior from Cleveland, Ohio. He earned little playing time his freshman year before quietly emerging behind Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr. as a sophomore.
It didn't take long for the fans in Columbus to associate his name and his No. 80 jersey with the consistency and big plays for which he has a knack.
Robiskie, the son of NFL assistant coach Terry Robiskie, has good size—6'3", 196 pounds—and speed, and plays a heady style of football. He's made the job of new OSU QB Todd Boeckman very easy by hauling in 25 passes for 530 yards and six touchdowns through the first five games.
Robiskie has put up those impressive numbers on a Buckeye team that likes to run the football, and is better known for the play of bruising back Chris "Beanie" Wells. Ohio State will always be connected with a strong running game and an aggressive defense, but Robiskie is emerging as the next in a long line of talented wide receivers.
While he is by no means OSU's only threat at receiver—Ray Small and Brian Hartline are both capable—Robiskie is the leader of the group. He lets his play on the field do the talking, and opponents have taken notice—even if the national press hasn't.
It isn't a stretch to call Brian Robiskie the Buckeyes' MVP to date. His fourth-ranked team travels to West Lafayette this Saturday to play another undefeated conference foe in Purdue.
Some are calling it the first real test for Ohio State, but under the quiet leadership of Robiskie, the Buckeyes will come to play.
It may be too early to announce Robiskie's Heisman candidacy, but he's an integral factor in the Buckeyes' success, and an emerging star.
Some day soon, his father may be putting together a scouting report to play against him.
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