More from the Q&A: Zac Robinson
By Brandon Chatmon
Former Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson has spent his days preparing for the NFL Combine in California with several big names including Texas’ quarterback Colt McCoy, Texas safety Earl Thomas and Missouri linebacker Sean Witherspoon.
The Oklahoman talked to Robinson last week about his arm strength, dealing with injuries during his senior year and the NFL combine.
How are your workouts going?
It’s going pretty well. We have a good group of guys out here. There’s 15 guys out here, we all signed with David Dunn and Athletes First. Colt McCoy, Shawn Canfield, Sean Witherspoon, Earl Thomas, Aaron Hernandez. It’s really good to compete with those guys. It’s been a lot of fun.
I’m sure it gets competitive in workouts.
We compete in everything we do. It’s so much fun, that’s what brings out the best in me. Whether it’s 40-yard (dash) starts or throwing on the field, there’s always competition.
Take me through the week at the Senior Bowl.
It was fun, a really hectic week but I had fun with it. With this process, if you’re not having fun with it, you probably aren’t going to do very well, you probably won’t enjoy it. I have really enjoyed the process. At the Senior Bowl, I felt like practices went well, the game went well. I had really good days on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday I was a little up and down but still a good day. Overall it was a very good week and I felt the game went really well.
Tell me about it game, it looked like you came in right away and played well.
It was cool. Anytime in all-star games, it’s random how you play. I happened to be the third guy in, it was a really cold day and I was just trying to keep myself loose on the sideline. Our offense was struggling so I knew once I got the opportunity I tried to lead us down the field and do everything I could. I was calling my own plays a lot of the time and I felt really comfortable in the Dolphins system. The coaches were awesome all week. I enjoyed being in a pro system and learning the terminology.
When you have so many scouts around do you get nervous?
Honestly I didn’t really get nervous. I was just having fun with it and being loose, being myself. That was the main thing when you’re having fun, that’s when you’re going to play the best. I didn’t feel added pressure, even though you look up and Mike Tomlin is right in front of you watching the drill. I don’t think of it like that, I was just out there trying to show what I can do.
What are your goals for the combine?
To run a really good 40 time. I know for quarterbacks it’s not that big but I want to run a good 40. I want to test pretty well and throw as well at the combine as I have the last few weeks. Hopefully I can throw well and test well. The interviews are a huge part. I want to enjoy the process and enjoy getting to know some of the coaches.
As a quarterback how do you approach the combine? Because you can really make a mark with the interviewing.
You can gain so much from a good interview, if a team likes you, your personality and how smart you are. They get you in front of a board and run you through your offense. You have to teach them different stuff like what’s you’re favorite third down pass and what coverages you saw this year. Bob Johnson is our quarterbacks coach, his son is Rob Johnson who played in the NFL for 10 years, he’s a good source to learn from.
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