August 24, 2011

Robertson is ready to play

Texas Tech freshman strong safety Pete Robertsoncomes from one of the most storied high school football programs in Texas, Longview High School, and he might be remembered as one of the program's best players when it's all said and done.

Not only did Robertson excel at Longview as a quarterback at a high school that has several alums currently playing in the NFL but also at every position he was asked to play.

"I played quarterback, wide receiver, free safety, linebacker," Robertson said. "Wherever they put me at I'd play it. I played tight end and it was whatever. I liked to play and do different things. The coaches knew I could do it and I had the body and the strength to do it, size and speed."

This year though Robertson will just play strong safety after originally being placed at the free safety spot. He's currently backing up Terrance Bullitt but he is expected to see some playing time on Saturdays.

The transition was tough mentally but nothing a straight up athlete can't handle.

"It kind if confused me, because I already had the plays down from the beginning of fall with free safety," Robertson said. "When coach Glasgow told me I was going down to strong safety, I didn't think it would be that big of a difference. It's harder than I thought it was going to be. I get more tired at strong safety than free safety because I'm going on the blitz, but I'm starting to get used to it and it's going to get pretty good."

Robertson was recruited by the Red Raider coaching staff as a near universal athlete at the skill positions but said he committed to Tech hoping to play on the defensive side of the ball.

"I knew I was going to be a wide receiver or a free safety or a strong safety, maybe linebacker," Robertson said. "I figured I'd probably play defense this year so I just tried to come in with the right mindset and get ready just to play."

There were a lot of expectations for Robertson as soon as he arrived on campus. Defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow was noticeably more interested in Robertson's mistakes than many of the other freshmen around him.

Consequently, Robertson picked up the defense fairly quickly and established himself as an adequate player in the secondary with a lot of upside.

The tough love was nothing new for Robertson.

"Playing at Longview, it's just like playing at a different college," Robertson said. "They're working me hard here just like all the coaches pushed us back at Longview to give our 100 percent effort. There was no letting down. It's a tradition out there.

"We won district like 10 years in a row, when we practiced we practiced like it was a real game. The coaches pushed every single one of the players and they didn't treat us like we were kids. We were just one big happy family and ready to play anybody."

It's different for Robertson to be playing just one position at Tech, but he said it hasn't been ruled whether he can play two ways in future seasons.

He just wants to contribute to the squad in whatever manner it needs.

"I have an ability to play and play different positions," Robertson said. "Right now, they've just got me at one so I'll go with that. But if they asked me to play deep snapper or something like that I'd give it my all at that too."

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