WEST LAFAYETTE - A major request for a significant amount of playing time was one that Sean Robinson had to ponder.
After all he was a quarterback-its the reason he was at Purdue. At Rochester High School near Springfield, Il, Robinson was regarded as one of the top ten dual threat quarterbacks in the country according to Rivals.com.
Throwing and carrying the ball, simply put, was his identity. Now the Boilermaker coaches were asking him to switch to linebacker since the team already had three game-tested signal callers in Robert Marve, Caleb TerBush and Rob Henry.
"I'll always be a quarterback at heart I guess," said Robinson when asked if he still pays attention to what's happening at his old position.
That glance, however, only occupies part of his time. Despite years of being in front of the offense, Robinson has quickly found a liking to backing up the defense.
"I love playing linebacker-and a truly mean that," said Robinson-but getting to that point took about six months of work.
Having been on the offensive side of the ball for most of his life the junior needed the entire spring and training camp to get himself adjust to the attack mentality of defense.
"I'm used to trying to avoid getting hit and that sort of nature. But now I have to deliver the hits," said Robinson."
Danny Hope understood the switch of mentality that it would require for Robinson to adjust to the postion, but felt that Robinson's talent needed to be on the field for the Boilermakers.
"He had to go from being a quarterback to a line of scrimmage player, a front seven player and that's a challenge," said Hope of Robinson. "Right now as a defensive player there is a lot you have to deal with as far as the things that the offense can present to you.
"So it's a tough assignment, but I think he's done very well."
Whlie Robinson's numbers don't jump out-just three tackles in as many games-he has found a way onto Purdue's kickoff and punt coverage teams full time. He has also elevated himself as the backup "Will" linebacker, where he saw plenty of playing time against Eastern Michigan last Saturday.
"Comfort," said Robinson as the thing that he feels better with after three games. "Just getting out there in the game experience. You can't practice that. You can't teach that. Just getting out there and feeling the speed of the game."
At least one of his former position competitors believes he has.
"He fits over there," said TerBush of Robinson. "He's a downhill kinda guy. We call him 'Young Downhill.' He's one of those guys who gets after it every play."