Nov. 18, 2006

By Jeff Symonds

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Sophomore wide receiver Brian Robiskie has a lot to do off the field: listen to his favorite rap artist, Jay-Z; play college football on his X-Box; and get coaching from his two favorite coaches. Robiskie does not have anything against Jim Tressel or wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell, but he has two other coaches helping him refine his game his father and grandfather.

Robiskie, a Cleveland, Ohio, native, is starting to make a name for himself on the field, as one of the targets of Heisman Trophy candidate Troy Smith. In the Penn State game, Robiskie found himself on the end of 37-yard touchdown pass after a long Smith scramble and then again at Michigan State, he caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Smith in the back of the end zone. Robiskie also has touchdown catches against Iowa and Minnesota.

Robiskie’s father, Terry, knows a thing or two about being a wide receiver. He is the wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns. Robiskie’s father has not only made a name for himself as a coach in the National Football League, but he also was an accomplished player both in college and in the NFL. Terry was the MVP of the Southeastern Conference his senior year at Louisiana State University in 1976 and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, where he was a three-time All-Pro. Terry began his coaching career in Oakland as a assistant running backs coach in 1982 and worked his way to becoming the assistant to head coach and head wide receivers coach for the Browns.

“I have also talked to my dad he has always helped me,” Brian said. “He has talked to me after every game I have played. My dad and mom are always there for me.”

Brian does not only get advice from his father. His grandfather offers him pointers as well. Both have been coaches in their own right. Brian does not go a week without talking to both his grandfather and his dad.

“Every week I talk to both of them,” Brian said. “I talk to my dad early in the week because he gets busy during the week with his team’s game plan. Then I talk to my grandfather on Friday or Saturday morning. It is something I have to do before I play.”

Brian learns a lot from the coaches in his family. His father tells him not to just learn from his family and the OSU coaching staff, but from his fellow receivers as well.

“Last year my dad told to watch Santonio Holmes,” Brian said. “Santonio loved to get after people and deliver blocks.”

His father also tells him to watch how Ted Ginn Jr. runs by just putting his head down and just running and how Anthony Gonzalez runs after the catch and just will not go down. Brian also watches Ginn return punts to improve his own punt return skills. Brian had a 14-yard return average at Chagrin Falls High School.

“My dad likes to watch my film and when he does he tells me about the things the other guys do,” Brian said. “My dad tells me to take advantage of playing with these guys and to learn from them.”

Brian continues to learn from not only with his coaches and his fellow receivers but said he still learns the most from his father and grandfather, who have always coached him in football and in life.