All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
On Thursday's episode, Adam Carriker talks to Nebraska commit Ty Robinson about his commitment to the Huskers on signing day, what skills he'll bring to the defensive line, and more.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Adam Carriker: Welcome everybody to the Carriker Chronicles, where each and every day I'm checking the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Today I am joined by Ty Robinson. He is a 6-foot-6, 285 lb. defensive end who has just signed with the Huskers. He is the top-rated defensive lineman out of the state of Arizona, as well as a high school All-American. He is also a four-star rated guy and all that good stuff.
How are you doing, Ty?
Ty Robinson: I’m doing great, how are you?
Adam Carriker: I’m doing glorious man. So I got to ask, because you talked about Scott Frost and how he was a part of your decision to come to Nebraska. What was it about him that made you want to come play for Nebraska, specifically?
Ty Robinson: Just the way that he coaches. Bringing that culture shock from UCF back to Nebraska like when Osborne was there with him. Also bringing down his whole staff, shutting down recruiting for a day to come visit me showed me the support that they have for me.
Adam Carriker: Now talk to me, because you had all 11 coaches come visit you and I saw the picture on Twitter. That’s a very cool thing. What was it like having all of them come visit you and spend six hours with you?
Ty Robinson: It was awesome, I got to see what they were like in a home environment. It was almost like having our own little party, with my grandma and mom having to make so much food. We got to enjoy playing some games, cornhole, basketball, ping pong, all the good stuff.
Adam Carriker: In my neighborhood, I am actually defending cornhole champion. Truth be told, I had a partner who carried us because I’m not very good. Now you talk about the culture and how Scott Frost has been changing it, as well as how you like some of these changes happening at Nebraska. What specifically about the culture and the changes drew you to play for the Huskers?
Ty Robinson: Just the way the players acted. Getting the hang out with those guys, they show that they really cared about Nebraska football by how they went about their stuff. And that’s what really brought me in.
Adam Carriker: What players as well as commits or signees have you had the chance to get to know?
Ty Robinson: My host was Tate Wildeman and his roommate. I’ve also got to be really good friends with Mosai Newsom as well. That’s pretty much it, along with a couple of other guys down here in Arizona who are being recruited.
Adam Carriker: You’ve discussed the possibility of playing early next season. What discussions have you had with the coaches about what would need to happen for you to get playing time next year?
Ty Robinson: I’m just going to have to get a lot bigger and stronger, as well as hit the books and learn what coach (Mike) Dawson has to give me. I’m just going to really have to be on my A-game.
Adam Carriker: You said Husker Power was something that really drew you to Nebraska. That was where football and lifting really came together for the first time in the late 60s and early 70s. What is the biggest thing you need to do for yourself physically in order to get on the field sooner rather than later?
Ty Robinson: Just continuing to work out like I am now. I’m going four days a week, and then soon as I’m done with the All-American Game, see what coach (Zach) Duval has for me over there.
Adam Carriker: What’s your favorite part about playing defensive line? Earlier, I put out a show about how I went from being a high school quarterback to a collegiate and NFL defensive lineman. For me, I liked the physicality and hitting people in the mouth more than being a quarterback. I like being able to get up and not walk right for the next few days. But that’s me personally, it’s different for everybody. What do you like most about playing defensive line?
Ty Robinson: A lot of what you said, I like the physicality and freedom of playing defensive line. You have a lot less restrictions than you do on the offensive line. You can throw people around and hit him really hard and it’s legal. And like you said, when you get up the next day and you’re really sore and it hurts to move, that’s when you know you played a really good game.
Adam Carriker: We need some more pass-rushers here in Nebraska. Tell me, what is your favorite pass-rush move? Every player has their favorite that they like to use to try to get to the quarterback. What’s yours?
Ty Robinson: Yeah, I really like the stab. I stabbed a lot because I have really long arms. Other than that, I like the push-pull, maybe a little swim here and there, but the stab is my No. 1 move.
Adam Carriker: Talk about your personal goals and your expectations with the team. Obviously those will evolve over time, but talk about your goals going into the next four to five years here at Nebraska.
Ty Robinson: I really just want to do my best to make a name for myself here in Nebraska. I want to be a true freshman starter as well as a freshman All-American. Those are the high standards I’m holding myself to right now.
Adam Carriker: I asked Wandale Robinson if he had ever had a Runza, and he told me he had never heard of Runza. It’s okay, he is going to try one when he gets in town in January. Have you ever heard of or had a Runza?
Ty Robinson: Oh, I love Runza. That’s my game right there. I was talking to one of my friends who was going to come down and he was excited about In 'N' Out and I said Oh, that’s over rated. It’s all about that Runza. We kind of went back and forth on that, but that’s the restaurant I like to go to.
Adam Carriker: Thank you! Everybody loves In 'N' Out and I just don’t get it. I’m like the only person I know who is not a fan of in and out and I just don’t get it. Maybe you can take Wandale out for a Runza when you guys get here.
Ty Robinson: That sounds good to me. A little Robinson Duo going out for some Runza.
Adam Carriker: When you get on campus, what’s the first thing you want to do?
Ty Robinson: I guess just get to know my roommates. I’m going to be rooming with Mosai so it’ll be good to get to know them a little bit. After that all tour the campus little bit more, see what my classes will be for freshman year and get to know the lay of the land.
Adam Carriker: Do you know what your major is going to be?
Ty Robinson: Yeah, I’m going into human biology, then if I don't make it into the NFL I'm going to medical school and I’m going to be a pediatrician.
Adam Carriker: Oh that’s awesome! A children’s doctor. You have to have a lot of patience for that. I have six kids, so I would know. What excites you the most about playing for defensive coordinator, Erik Chinander, and in his defense?
Ty Robinson: Just their defensive scheme and how they are more of an attack defense, rather than a gap fill defense across the front. I like getting after it a little bit because it gets boring just taking on blocks for dudes and letting them get all the glory. Us big guys like to have a little fun as well.
Adam Carriker: There ya go. Now, I have never asked any other recruit this, this just kind of popped into my head as I was writing down questions. Is there any Big Ten team you are looking forward to facing the most?
Ty Robinson: That’s kind of hard. I guess I would say Michigan and Ohio State because they’ve been the powerhouses over the last few years and this year as well. I think it is time for them to get dethroned and put Nebraska back on top.
Adam Carriker: When will you arrive on campus? When you get here you’re going to start working out right away. So when are you going to arrive, and what are your impressions of strength and conditioning coach, Zach Duval?
Ty Robinson: I like coach Duval, he’s a really good guy. I’ll be getting there around June 15th. But coach to all is a really good guy, he even told us he likes the big guys a little bit more so he’s going to really push us to get where we need to go.
Adam Carriker: I like that. All right, so do you have a behind-the-scenes story you can share with the fine folks at home?
Ty Robinson: Yeah, so when I was 12 years old on my 12th birthday, I lost my dad to cancer. That’s what has pushed me to become the man I am today. Also watching my mom grow stronger and be my rock, going through that has sucked and I would not wish that on anybody else. But going through it as what has pushed me to be the man I am today.
Adam Carriker: That is a courageous story and I want to thank you for sharing that with us today. Also I want to thank you for joining me and welcome to the Husker brotherhood, my man.
Ty Robinson: Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.
Adam Carriker: Alright, Husker Nation, Go Big Red and always remember….
Ty Robinson: Throw the bones!
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