As a senior at Franklinton (La.) High School, running back Josh Robinson encountered much team success and individual success. The 5-foot-9 and now 215-pound Robinson rushed 97 times for 1,105 yards and 20 touchdowns and also had 558 receiving yards and seven more scores. He helped lead Franklinton to the Class 4A state title and now is sights set on capturing more honors in track.
The 2011 Mississippi State signee recently competed in his first track meet of the spring and despite adding more muscle to his frame, he proved his speed has not suffered.
"My weight is 215 now but my speed is still there," said Robinson. "We had our first track meet last weekend and man, I was nervous. But I won the 100 meters with a time of 10.5 and I am also running with the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams. And we expect to get to state and win state in all three events."
Robinson is also busy prepping for his future with the MSU football program.
"I am just getting prepared and I am so ready to get there," said Robinson. "I have been lifting weights with some college players around here and it was tough at first. I know I have to get my body prepared and adjusting to the speed of the game is always the toughest thing for any new rookie. I know most of the plays in the spread cause we ran the spread in high school. But I just have to pick up the speed of the game."
And his top goal is to see the field in 2011 with the Bulldogs and help out with the offensive attack "any way possible". Robinson will soon check out his future teammates in spring practice, as well, early next month.
"I just want to do the best I can to get on the field as early as I can," said Robinson. "I talk to the coaches a lot and I am going up there on April 2nd to watch their spring practice. I can't make it to their spring game cause I am taking the ACT then.
"Coach (Dan) Mullen told me he wants to get the ball in my hands any way possible, either lining me up at running back or slot receiver. And it doesn't matter to me as long as I am helping the team. And Coach Mullen has shown he gets the ball in the hands of the playmakers."
Another area Robinson is working overtime is in the class room. Robinson noted he is steadily nearing reaching his academic qualifications for the next level.
"I have a 3.0 gpa now and I just need to get my ACT score up and I need two points (on composite score)," said Robinson. "I just need to keep buckling down and I will get those points on my next ACT test. I know a lot of schools didn't expect me to get to this point. But it shows what can happen when you surround yourself with positive people and that gets you positive results. My coaches here and at Mississippi State and my friends push me hard and I thank them for that.
"And that is a big reason why I am going to Mississippi State. They push you to be a good person and not just a good football player. That is something you can't get at schools like LSU or other schools. Mississippi State has stuck behind me the whole time and they want me to do well in life, not just sports."
Sure, it makes for a long day, said Robinson. But it is obvious his hard work is paying off.
"No doubt working hard all the time is paying off," said Robinson. "I am taking seven core classes and then I have two extra classes at night. I get up around 6 in the morning and then my day ends around 9 at night. It is hard but I know it will help me reach my goals and I just have to keep at it. I am hoping to get everything done and that way I can get to Mississippi State as early as possible this summer."