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Updated Football Injury Report

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Tulane WR D.J. Banks

According to Tammy Nunez, there are some injuries to report:

-D.J. Banks separated his shoulder Monday and was cautious with it Tuesday

-Ryan Grant and Julius Warmsley have hip-flexor injuries.

-Freshman linebacker Steven Funderburk has a tweaked hamstring that will sideline him for 10 days to two weeks, according to Toledo.

http://www.nola.com/tulane/index.ssf/2010/08/defining_week_of_fall_camp_for.html

D.J. Banks has had a quiet camp thus far after a promising rookie campaign.  Ryan Grant has emerged as a legitimate threat to line-up across from senior WR Casey Robottom.  Hopefully, these minor injuries are just that, minor and don’t continue to nag throughout the year.

Casey Robottom (WR) – Player Profile

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Below is the second installment of our Player Profiles:

19 • CASEY ROBOTTOM, WR

5-11 • 177 • Senior • LaPlace, La.

Casey Robottom

Tulane Wideout Casey Robottom

Career:  A 5-11, 177 lbs. redshirt senior and three-year letterman, Robottom has played in 36 career games, starting 25.  Has made 78 receptions over his three-year career for a total of 969 yards (12.4 avg), with 3 TD. Has also returned both punts and kicks throughout his career.

Robottom came into the 2009 season as a dependable receiver, lining up across from Jeremy Williams.  Robottom had an opportunity to shine during the 2008 campaign, when Williams was on the shelf with hand and knee injuries.  And Robottom kept the success rolling in 2009 and then some.  Robottom started all 12 games in 2009, finishing only behind Williams in total receptions (50), receiving yards (584), yards per catch avg (11.7), and TD receptions (2).  Robottom emerged as Mr. Dependable – he ran his routes precisely and caught everything remotely close to him.

Here are some notable achievements from Robottom’s redshirt junior year (Source: TU FB 2010 Prospectus):

  • Snared four passes for 44 yards at Army on Oct. 3
  • Collected two six-catch games: for 82 yards vs. Tulsa on Sept. 4 and for 61 yards at Southern Miss on Oct. 24
  • Posted a pair of seven-catch games: for 63 yards at LSU on Oct. 31 and for 83 yards against UTEP on Nov. 7
  • Caught a career-high eight passes for a season-best 91 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown grab, at Rice on Nov. 14
  • Added two-catch games against Houston on Oct. 17 for 51 yards and at UCF on Nov. 21 for 13 yards
  • Hauled in five passes for 59 yards at SMU in the season finale
  • Has 26 career punt returns for 153 yards(5.9 avg)

Robottom played very well in the 2009 season.  And now that Jeremy Williams is gone, it’s Robottom’s show.  The 2010 season will be the most challenging year by far for Robottom, as he is now the opposing defense’s primary concern.  He can no longer live in the shadow of Jeremy Williams – he will be Ryan Griffin’s favorite target.  And Robottom must adjust to the new offense that Offensive Coordinator Dan Dodd is installing.  Moving away from the conventional West Coast system, Dodd is installing an offense that uses a vertical passing attack.  That translates to more big-play opportunities for Robottom, who has been a steady, consistent short-distance threat in the past.  Lining up across from D.J. Banks will alleviate some pressure, as Banks is emerging as a very viable receiver for head coach Bob Toledo.

But the onus will primarily fall on Robottom, who is known as a polished all-around receiver with sticky hands.  Robottom will be a key piece on the offensive side of the ball throughout the season for the Green Wave, as he will be Griffin’s best and most reliable receiver. Time will tell to see how reliable Robottom will be in 2010, now that he is the #1 guy in town.