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One key to Ty Robinson's big offseason in the weight room? Having the right workout partners

One key to Ty Robinson's big offseason in the weight room? Having the right workout partners

NU football practice, 8.7

Nebraska defensive lineman Ty Robinson runs a drill during practice at Hawks Championship Center on Aug. 7, 2019.

It is easy to tell why Nebraska redshirt freshman defensive lineman Ty Robinson feels like he had a productive first full offseason as a college football player. 

His defensive line coach, Tony Tuioti, said he's up to around 325 pounds at 6-foot-5 and thinks Robinson has the size and strength to play on the defensive interior plus the athleticism to hold down an end spot. 

Robinson, an Arizona native, made his collegiate debut against Wisconsin last year, and also appeared against Maryland and Iowa down the stretch. Now he's going to likely be a central figure on NU's defensive line for years to come. 

"It helps when you work out with (NU strength coach Zach) Duval and our strength staff," Robinson said. "I feel like I've definitely made big jumps in the weight room, and it's been put on the field." 

Robinson also credited a pair of older players in walk-on Damian Jackson and defensive lineman Chris Walker, two players known as being among the most intense — and strongest — in the weight room. 

"They took me as their workout partner and, I mean, they just go crazy in the gym," Robinson said. "For them, I'm thankful for that." 

That work is only one small part of the improvement Robinson said he's made over the past year. Much more coming about Robinson and his role up front in the Journal Star this weekend. 

Watch now: Here's what Husker defenders — and their coaches — said Tuesday

Players Collin Miller, Ty Robinson, Deontre Thomas, Damion Daniels were joined by coaches Barrett Ruud and Tony Tuioti. Check it out. 

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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