Trip To Equipment Room On Tap For WVU’s Robinson

Trip To Equipment Room On Tap For WVU’s Robinson


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jabril Robinson’s first stop on his way to practice this week was the Mountaineer equipment room. There he planned to avail himself of a piece of protective gear that he had discarded in fall camp.

“I am definitely going to make that walk to the equipment room to tell them to put that on,” he said of the protective visor that he had removed after the start of the season.   “My breathing wasn’t quite acclimated as I wanted it to be, but I am definitely going to put that back on.”

West Virginia defensive lineman Jabril Robinson bursts through the Texas Tech front

The reason for the reversal? A pair of eye-pokes during the Texas Tech game, which Robinson charitably described as mishaps.

“I had two accidents last game. We are going to call them accidents,” he said with a sardonic laugh. “The first one, we had just gotten a three and out, and I ran over to the sideline and said, ‘Dave, I just got poked in the eye.'”

Dave is Dave Kerns, WVU’s long time head athletic trainer for football. Prepared for just about any on-field circumstance, Kerns whipped out some eyedrops and quickly had Robinson ready for action.

The next occurrence was more serious.

“The other one, we’ll call it an accident, but it hurt,” Robinson admitted. “It wouldn’t open, and for a minute there I was seeing double.”

Kerns quickly made his way on the field and again efficiently administered treatment. This one took a bit longer to recover from, but Robinson confirmed that there were no long-lasting effects, although at the time it was certainly a scary proposition.

With those incidents, Robinson will now be sporting the visor again. He believed that it was blocking his ability to breathe efficiently, but is confident that he is good to go now with the visor in place.

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