Dual Threats: March 26 (Brian Robison)
It's full speed ahead for Junior DE Brian Robison. Robison competed in 25 plays at Saturday's spring football scrimmage, at Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Shortly thereafter he crossed the street and headed straight for the Mike A. Myers Stadium where he competed in the shot put and discus at Texas Invitational for the Longhorn Track and Field team. Robison finished his hectic day with victories in both events. He won the shot with a put of 60-09.50, and the discus with a heave of 180-10. Both marks met the Regional-qualifying standard.
On going straight from Saturday's scrimmage to his track meet: It felt good to be able to compete out here with football then go and win both of my events. I feel like it really compliments both sports. By the end of the day, I felt like I didn't have any legs; I was just dead tired. I had to go home and sleep. But it is something that I chose to do and I have to fight through it.
On staying healthy while playing two sports: Being tired all of the time actually gets pretty routine after a while. I just have to make sure to eat the right foods and do the right things to take care of my body. Getting as much rest as possible is always important. I try to get in as much rest at any time during the day that it is possible. Also, I always make sure to get the right vitamins and in my body to keep it nutritionally healthy.
On winning and becoming a regional qualifier in both shot put and discus: It is a stepping stone. I feel like there are a lot of good things to come this year. The important thing now is to keep working hard and hopefully I can go on to win a national championship.
On his bond with Michael Huff: Sometimes the track guys rag on us about being football players, but we stick together and pick back at them. Before you know it, it turns into a football versus track rivalry, but it is all in fun. We have a great bond over there and everything works well between us. It carries over onto the football field especially because of the positions we are both in. As a defensive back, he can tell me when someone is trying to block down on me. It helps to have someone out there who knows what it is like.
On being this year's Most Improved Defensive Player: I think everything about track helps me out on the football field. I get to work on my quickness, agility and explosiveness. All of those are things I need on the football field, just as everything in football is equally important to have in track.
On coach Oscar Giles: I like coach Giles a lot. He is one of those down-to-earth people who keeps everything positive and real. Even when he has something to say that we don't necessarily want to hear, he is going to be honest. I respect that very much, and I am enjoying him as a coach so far.
On the defense: We have not put in a whole lot of new schemes yet, but the things we have worked on are working very well. I can tell that once we start putting new things in, we will be the type of defense that everyone will remember here at Texas. We want to be the number one defense in the nation and we're doing what we can to make that happen.
On maturing as a player: As far as track, I am able to concentrate more rather than just going out and trying to just throw. Now I am able to concentrate on technique and what I need to do in order to throw far. On the football field, I am starting to notice things before they happen. I am able to recognize a lot of little things that I did not see in high school.