Oct. 9, 2003
If you haven't yet heard the story of Husky wideout Justin Robbins, then you probably haven't opened a newspaper this season. Sidelined for more than two years by various ailments, Robbins has made a successful return to the field in 2003, catching six balls for 59 yards in the team's last three games. Despite his absence from the lineup, it's unlikely that Husky fans had forgotten the hero of Washington's emotional come-from-behind victory at Stanford in 2000. Robbins ranked among the top freshmen wideouts in UW history that season, catching 22 passes for 267 yards while helping the Huskies to the 2001 Rose Bowl title. Robbins told GoHuskies.com correspondent Jordan Roy-Byrne about what it's been like to be back on the field.
GoHuskies.com: Have you been surprised by all of the media attention you've received in the past few weeks?
Justin Robbins: "It was surprising. I definitely didn't expect it. I guess a lot more people were paying attention to my situation than I thought, so that was cool."
GH: You've been able to play with some pretty prolific quarterbacks, first Marques Tuiasosopo, and now Cody Pickett.
Robbins: "It's been a lot of fun. I have been blessed being able to play with Marques and win the Rose Bowl. Cody is a prolific passer and is breaking just about every school record for passing."
GH: Is football more difficult, now that classes have started?
Robbins: "It's not more difficult. You just have to manage your situation better and be conscious of time. I've been here for four years now, so I think I've got it down."
GH: Certainly you can put down the homework long enough to watch the Seahawks play on Sundays. Those guys are awesome!
Robbins: "I'm a big 49ers fan, but the Seahawks are doing good things. I like to watch good football teams, and I'm excited to see how they'll do the rest of the year."
GH: Do you find yourself watching other team's wide receivers more than the other positions? The Seahawks have some pretty good ones.
Robbins: "They are good. Koren Robinson is a very good player and Darrell Jackson is solid. He's way underrated in my opinion."
GH: What is your favorite pizza place in the U-district?
Robbins: "I like Pagliacci best."
GH: Jet City Pizza catered today's press conference. How would you rate theirs?
Robbins: "It's fine. We go there a lot to get their calzones. The calzones are very meaty."
GH: How is school going so far?
Robbins: "It's going good. I'm supposed to graduate this spring with a degree in sociology, and I'm planning on possibly working on a political science degree later. So, we'll see."
GH: That's a lot of work. Anything else you'd like to add?
Robbins: "Go Dawgs! Let's go to the Rose Bowl."