Dual Threats: March 9 (Michael Huff and Brian Robison)
With the indoor track and field season coming to a close and spring practice starting to heat up, two-sport athletes Brian Robison and Michael Huff took a break from their very hectic schedules to chat about track and field, football and balancing all they have on their plates.
On balancing spring football and track: Of course it is tough; my body is a little worn down. Being a two-sport athlete, I know that even when I am worn down I still have to come out and give 100 percent every day.
On classes: They are going well. I always enjoy my kinesiology classes because that is what I am majoring in. Calculus is difficult, but I like challenges. It can be frustrating sometimes, but it can also be fun. I'm just working hard to get my degree.
On spring football: I definitely had to get back into the routine on the first day. After practicing for the first few days, I am beginning to feel like I am better than I was at the end of last season.
On similarities between shot put and football: The two sports are very similar. I have to be explosive on defense just like I do when I throw in track. Also, the way a defender punches coming off the ball is a lot like the way I punch when I'm throwing the shot put. I have to bring all of my energy either way and work on my technique. When game time gets here, I have to buckle up, strap up and get after it.
On track workouts helping with football: My track workouts have helped a lot with football because we obviously do a lot of speed training and explosive drills. Being a defensive back, everything is about using explosive speed, so it helps. I see a little bit of an extra burst on the football field. It has been easier to run the other players down.
On running form: In high school track, I really didn't use my form. I just ran. Here, I have worked on the basics, and I am hoping to have them down by the time the outdoor championships come around.
On academics: I have a busy schedule. I've spent a lot of time working with my teachers and most of them have helped me out a lot. Basically, I'm just working hard to balance everything I have on my plate.
On his goals for outdoor track and field: I don't really have any specific goals. I just want to help the team win a Big 12 Championship and if I qualify for the NCAA Championships, which would be my ultimate goal, it would be great.
On building off of a great junior season in football: I feel great, but I know there is always room to improve. The main thing I want to accomplish is to get better every day. That is basically what I'm focused on.
On Coach Chizic: I am glad that he can look to me as a leader. I have been here for four years already and have done a lot of work on the football field. He knows that if he needs me to do anything he can always count on me.