Brian Robiskie #17 WR
Height: 6-4 Weight: 212 Age: 27
Born: 12/3/1987 Los Angeles , CA
College: Ohio State
Experience: 6th season
High School: Chagrin Falls HS [OH]
Selected By: Cleveland Browns
Pick (Overall): 4 (36)
Much like his father, Terry, a former NFL player and present assistant coach with Atlanta, Brian is the consummate team player. Having grown up in a football environment, he showed great maturity upon his arrival on OSU's campus as a true freshman, nailing down a spot on special teams while patiently waiting his turn behind a veteran-laden receiving unit.
As a sophomore, he forced his way into the lineup for five games before finally getting his opportunity as a full-time starter during his junior and senior campaigns. Blessed with what scouts feel are some of the best hands in the collegiate ranks, he went on to haul in 127 passes, the eighth-best career total by a Buckeye. His 1,866 yards receiving also put him on Ohio State's Top 10 List.
It was the importance of those catches that made Robiskie stand out, as 24 of his receptions were good for touchdowns, the fourth-highest total in school history. In addition to his exploits on the football field, he did just as well in the classroom, becoming a Draddy Award finalist, earning an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation.
At Chagrin Falls High School, Robiskie earned first-team All-Ohio honors as a senior. He set school career receiving records with 118 catches for 1,885 yards and 34 touchdowns. As a senior, he snatched 47 passes for 754 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also scored on a 95-yard punt return and an interception return and averaged 14.9 yards per punt return, leading the squad to a 9-3 overall record and the conference championship in 2004.
Robiskie was used mostly on special teams during his first year at Ohio State, playing in all 12 contests. On his only reception for the season, he showed the greatness to come, catching the ball in a crowd and then knifing through a pair of would-be tacklers on a 13-yard grab.
Patiently waiting for his chance to play on offense, Robiskie shared split end duties with Roy Hall in 2006, where he was part of a receiving corps that featured future NFL first-rounders, Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez. He finished third on the squad with 29 receptions for 383 yards (13.2 avg) and five touchdowns.
With Hall also off to the National Football League, Robiskie became the team's featured receiver in 2007, starting all 13 games at split end. He earned Academic All-American honors and despite being a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award and a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award, the team's Paul Warfield Award winner (given to the outstanding receiver) received just one first-team All-Big Ten Conference honor, coming from The NFL Draft Report (Rivals.com named him to the second-team).
That year, the junior led the Buckeyes with 55 receptions for 935 yards (17.0 avg) and 11 touchdowns. His receptions placed him on the OSU season Top 10 List, while his receiving yardage ranks 11th on annual charts and his scoring grabs were good for fourth on the Buckeyes single-season record list. He also tried his hand as a punt returner, gaining 60 yards on seven attempts (8.6 avg).
With a freshman quarterback at the helm, receiving opportunities were limited for Robiskie and the rest of the receiving unit in 2008. The two-time Academic All-American and Paul Warfield Award winner was named an All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention. He led the team again, pulling down 42 passes for 535 yards and eight touchdowns. On special teams action, he had an 11-yard kickoff return and 17 yards on four punt returns (4.2 avg).