Hidden Heroes: Iowa Stated RB Alexander Robinson

aaron keyCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2009

LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 10:  Running back Alexander Robinson #33 of the Iowa State Cyclones carries the ball during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 10, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

As college football fans, it's easy to lock on to the big stories, our favorite teams, and the latest conspiracy theories in our favorite sport.

These are three really big reasons why I love the game.

With that said, as fans of the sport, we do ourselves a great disservice by not widening our veiwership to soak up some these great performances that are just slightly off the radar.

This weeks Hidden Hero just happens to be the Big 12's leading rusher and has helped his Iowa State to a 4-3 record.

Four wins not that great? Let's remember this team only won 5 games the last two seasons.

Robinson has done his damage early and often this year, eclipsing his 2008 totals just seven games into the season.


                                                     Alexander Robinson

                                       ATT.       YDS      AVG     LNG     TD

2008                           153       703       4.6      67        6

2009                           130       737       5.7      68        6


As the stats indicate, Robinson has improve in every statistical category.

Equally impressive is the fact that he continues to produce after sustaining a groin injury against Army on September 26th, a game in which he rushed for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The team has reported that Robinson has sat out a lot of practices to be able to go, and this will be the continued approach to keep him healthy enough to play. If you've ever had a groin ingury, then you realize the toughness our Hidden Hero has shown thus far.

So we've got production, toughness, 10th nationally in rushing yards, first in the Big 12, and throw in the fact that this guy is a real home run threat, and you've got the complete package. This guy will bear watching as the season rolls along.

Let's tune in this saturday for an 11:30 kick on FSN, as Iowa State tries to defeat Nebraska for the first time since 1977. If that does happen, there's no doubt Robinson will be a big part.