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OSU football: Robinson grows into starter's role

By Scott Wright Modified: September 19, 2008 at 6:54 am •  Published: September 19, 2008

/> With so many good quarterbacks and highly ranked teams in the Big 12 Conference, it's hard for Robinson to get noticed on a national level. But that doesn't mean he isn't worthy of such respect.

Physically, Robinson has matured as well. He added about 10 pounds of muscle in the off-season, while working to hone his passing ability.

He hasn't been asked to run as much this season — not yet anyway — and has averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. But through three games, his passing efficiency rating and completion percentage are significantly higher than last season.

His yardage average is down, but that was heavily impacted by Saturday's blowout over Missouri State when he was asked to throw the ball just four times.

Though it might appear he's throwing the ball harder, Robinson says that's "just speculation from people.” Yet he says he's much more confident throwing deep passes, a quality the OSU coaches are taking advantage of already.

"That deep throw to Dez (Bryant) against Houston was one of the best I've seen in a while,” Brewer said. "And the pass to Bo Bowling against Missouri State, that was a tough pass. It had to be perfect, and he put it in there.”

And it all comes back to his confidence and comfort.

"Instead of counting on other guys to make a play, I feel like I need to be the one that gets things going,” he said. "That's what you do being the leader of the offense.”