A week-long series on Ohio State’s Big Ten Medal of Honor finalists continues today with a profile on Brian Robiskie of the football team. A first-team Academic All-American, he was a member of four Big Ten championship teams.
Brian Robiskie was one of Ohio State’s most productive and reliable receivers over the past four seasons, catching 127 passes for 1,866 yards and 24 touchdowns all of which rank in the Top 10 all-time at Ohio State. As a junior, Robiskie led the Buckeyes with 55 receptions for 935 yards and 11 touchdowns and led all Big Ten receivers with an average of 17.7 yards per catch during the regular season. Robiskie never missed a game during his Buckeye career. He played in all 51 games during the last four seasons and started all 39 games the last three seasons.
“Robo” was a first team ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American with a 3.50 in marketing and was a finalist for Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, which is awarded to the top wide receiver in college football. During his career, he was part of four Big Ten championship teams, played in four BCS bowls, twice in the national championship game, was a part of the first Ohio State team to beat Michigan five consecutive years and also was a part of Ohio State’s Big Ten runner-up and NCAA qualifying 4×100 relay in outdoor track in 2008.
Twice a national finalist for the Arthur Ashe Scholar-Athlete Award the first Ohio State student-athlete in any sport to be so honored he was a finalist for the 2008 Draddy Trophy, earning a postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation. A graduate of Cleveland’s Chagrin Falls High School and a 2008 Buckeye team captain, Robiskie, a March honors graduate in marketing, was drafted immediately after his teammate Laurinaitis by NFL’s Cleveland Browns in the 2009 NFL Draft.
The Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor
In 1914 the Conference established a Medal of Honor to be awarded annually at each member institution to a student in the graduating class. An additional award for the top female was instituted in 1982. Chosen by the Athletic Council, the winners of this most prestigious award are the male and female senior student-athletes who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics. This honor includes a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship which can be used at an institution of the recipient’s choice.
Ohio State’s men’s and women’s Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients will be announced at the 2009 OSU Scholar-Athlete Dinner at the Columbus Convention Center Wednesday, May 20.
With Honor series:
Day 1: Steven Moneke, men’s tennis and Kim Reeder, softball
Day 2: James Laurinaitis, football and Jayme DeLancy, synchronized swimming
Day 3: Alyssa Meyer, women’s gymnastics and Jake Bateman, men’s gymnastics
Day 4: Brian Robiskie, football