November 1, 2006

Prince works to build depth

Nine games have passed. Right guard Logan Robinson could join the club at Colorado on Saturday. Robinson is expected to become the latest first-time starter on list that has grown by the week. Seems first-year Kansas State head coach Ron Prince hasn't only discovered depth at all the right places, but also at every spot across the board. The result? A total of 44 different players have started at least one game this season.

That includes 23 who hadn't started in a game prior to 2006.

How's that for developing the middle of the roster?

"I've really appreciated that a lot with Coach Prince," said Robinson, who played more than three quarters at left guard in a 31-10 win over Iowa State. "With coach (Bill) Snyder, it was about giving the No. 1s and No. 2s a majority of the reps and getting them ready. This spring was completely different. (Prince) split our practices and everybody was getting reps and it really helped. It really helped me and it's helped a lot of other players as well."

Every story is unique. Robinson shared his tale of perseverance on Tuesday as the Wildcats, 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12 Conference, prepare to face Colorado, 1-8 and 1-4. Although he is listed at 6-foot-8 and 338 pounds, the junior and former eight-man football star from tiny Agra (pop. 250), said he has lost 30 pounds since spring practice to fit Prince's ideal mold for an offensive lineman. He entered as a grayshirt. Redshirted as a freshman. Then a knee injury set him back. Now Robinson is healthy and has had to add a hole or two to his belt. He replaced Caleb Handy in the first quarter against the Cyclones last weekend after he was penalized for a false start. Robinson isn't about looking back, but understands how far he's come to reach this point.

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