What a difference a year makes.
Sophomore wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson has gone from a true freshman standout to one of the elder statesmen of the receiver room. He arrived in Lincoln with his fair share of fanfare and had a freshman season that lived up to the hype. In his first season as a Husker, Robinson had 1,029 total yards and five touchdowns. He did this despite batting injuries that also caused him to miss action.
It’s no wonder that Robinson has injury prevention on his mind when thinking through what he needs to work on between his freshman and sophomore seasons.
“Definitely just being healthy. That’s No. 1,” Robinson said during media availability on Thursday. “Me being a complete receiver, being able to play inside, outside and really not having to come off the field. Even if they need me to get in the backfield for some things, I can do that. Just being healthy was a really big part so I can flourish and really do what I want to do.”
While Robinson played well on the field during his freshman season, there is a lot more that goes into being successful at this level. That’s one of the things Robinson picked up when reflecting back on his freshman campaign.
“It’s just being smart, taking care of my body,” Robinson said. “Making sure I’m in the cold tubs, the hot tubs, getting any kind of treatment I might need on any little nicks. Just being over-protective over my body.
“Last year I was a little lenient on it and I didn’t really know what to expect but now going through a year of college football, I know exactly what I need to do to make sure my body is healthy for each and every game.”
Robinson is expected to only be a wide receiver heading into the 2020 season. The coaching staff views his time at running back last season as more of a necessity for one season. It is not something the program wants to hang its hat on moving forward.
As Robinson settles in at wide receiver, he knows it’s all about the little things.
“It’s a little bit of the same because I always like to know both and have everything I wanted to know with both, so now I’m getting a little more with technique stuff and being able to watch more DBs and focusing on DBs and not really linebackers and things like that,” Robinson said.
“Just the skills in my routes and the depths and just looking at the quarterbacks and whatever they need me to do to get open so I’m in the spots for them.”
Even though he is just a sophomore, Robinson will be counted on heavily this season. He’s the only known commodity coming back at wide receiver for Nebraska. He’s part of a receiver corps that is learning on the fly. The Huskers will need him to be better than he was as a freshman to help improve the offense.
Nebraska is hoping that the knowledge he’s gained over the last year can help boost his performance.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.