From the bleachers to the loud speakers.
Matt Robbins, Fairmont Senior’s starting quarterback, went from a spectator in the stands last season, to the Polar Bears field general in 2012.
“This is a big adjustment, I’m not going to lie,” said Robbins. “Our coaches have really helped, so it’s made everything better, while making the transition run smooth.”
Robbins played football during his freshman season with the Polar Bears, but decided football wasn’t his thing. Baseball was.
“Matt played football during his freshman year, but we haven’t had him on the football gridiron since then,” said Fairmont Senior head coach Jared Mileto. “However, he has done a lot of good things on the baseball diamond. Robbins has done a tremendous job for us. He’s athletic and most of all, he’s a hard worker. It’s unreal to imagine last year that he was in the stands, and this year, he’s in the position that he’s in and doing a respectful job at it. He’s approached this position with a great mentality, so I couldn’t ask more out of him.”
Although Robbins hadn’t played football since his freshman season, the seniors success on the baseball diamond has allowed him to feel confident with his presence in the huddle.
“During my practices, I need to be a leader,” Robbins stated. “Having success in baseball, while playing in big games, has eased me into this pressure. Being able to handle pressure and adversity is crucial. Since I am the starting quarterback, this requires me to be more vocal, while trying to help out kids who need help.
From the bleachers to the loud speakers.
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On to the next round.
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