Friday, November 9, 2007

Senior Day: Robert Killebrew

There may not be a more polarizing player on the Texas roster this year than Robert Killebrew. Every Texas fan loves his enthusiasm and drive, but it just seems like there are times when he lets his emotions get the best of him, and usually that has been to Texas' detriment. There have been numerous occasions when Killebrew has incurred personal fouls at really inopportune times for the defense. His play this year has been inconsistent this year, and his play has drawn the ire of many Texas fans frustrated with this year's defense.

Killebrew was a 4 star standout at Klein High School in Spring, TX. He played in 11 games as a RS freshman and immediately Texas fans noticed that his motor ran at a high level than most on the field. Everyone enjoyed seeing a linebacker that sprinted around the field and hit really hard. Most were able to forgive the late hits as youthful exuberance.

He stepped in as a starter in 2005 and was a big key to Texas' run to the National Championship. Kill had 67 tackles, 10 for a loss and 4 sacks. But his production began to slip as he posted only 40 tackles on the year, as a junior and just didn't seem to ever be in the right place at the right time. Kill always played hard, but sometimes he didn't seem to play smart. The constant mental lapses seemed to take their toll on Texas fans.

Though a popular figure off the field with a cooking show on Mack Brown's website, Killebrew has been the poster child for frustrated Texas fans who feel that Mack & Co. put too much emphasis on experience than talent. Many feel that Killebrew should have lost his starting spot at some point this season. Once again, it just seems like Kill is never in on a big play. He over runs plays, misses tackles and just seems to play a baffling sort of defense.

But even with his recent frustrations, there is no doubt that Robert was a big part of Texas first National Championship in 30 years and Texas fans will forever be grateful for that. It seems unlikely Killebrew will move on the the NFL, but certainly everyone wishes him the best.

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