As the Vanderbilt Commodores are getting ready for their upcoming BBVA Compass Bowl showdown with the Houston Cougars on Jan. 4, they’re also preparing for the Patton Robinette era at quarterback next season.
With an injury to regular starter Austyn Carta-Samuels leaving him sidelined, Robinette will have the final 2013 stage all to himself in this one. Between the practices this next week and then the game itself, the coaching staff will have a better idea of where they stand next year at the position.
Robinette himself is also taking this all in stride as he aims to get even better leading into the upcoming game, as well as going into next season:
“Every rep counts, especially at quarterback,” Robinette said. “Getting out there and working through problems on the field and seeing the way defenses run and what we can do to attack it is huge for my progression. It’s definitely going to be big (for me) going into next year.”
Another thing that helps is the fact that this won’t be the first time that the redshirt freshman has seen significant time at the helm this season. He saw action in nine games for the Commodores and started two as Carta-Samuels battled injury.