Pete Robertson a vocal leader of Texas Tech defense
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - When you think of the best defenses in football, they usually all have something in common - talented players and an in-your-face leader on the field.
A Ray Lewis type. A guy who gets the best out of his teammates while he, himself leaves it all on the field.
For the Red Raiders, that player is Junior Linebacker Pete Robertson.
Now it isn't fair to compare Robertson to a future NFL Hall of Famer. But for the Texas Tech defense, he's that guy. A fiery leader who makes plays on the field while striving to make everyone better around him.
"With me being a voice on the team, I want to come out and make sure everyone has a good practice or a good game," Robertson said. "I'll make sure they get extra work after practice because we all want to be great."
A Big 12 Honorable Mention a season ago, Robertson enters this season coming off the best game of his career. An 11-tackle performance (career-high) including two for a loss in Tech's 37-23 dismantling of Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.
His defensive coordinator sees that momentum carrying into summer practices.
"Pete Robertson is having a really good camp for us," Matt Wallerstedt said. "He's really coming on. He's rushing the passer like he's capable of doing and he's really starting to be a stronger voice."
Lacking the senior leadership of guys like Will Smith, Kerry Hyder, Bruce Jones, and Dartwan Bush, Texas Tech needs new leadership to emerge. Robertson is happy to take the role.
"I enjoy being that guy," Robertson said. "Working with the young guys. Cheering them on. I think it'll make us better down the road."
It isn't just being one of the elder statesman that make Robertson a natural fit for a leadership role. He's versatile when it comes to leading his teammates.
"I like to pick my team up with hype and with yelling."
"And of course the trash-talkin."
For Red Raider fans, a lot of Pete Robertson trash-talking this season should be a welcome sight for a defense looking to turn the corner.
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