FALKNER – Will Robertson does it all on the football field – he even mows it.
“Very seldom do I ever take him out,” said Falkner High head football coach Nickey Nance. “He does so much for us. He’s on every team we have right now, because he’s kicking extra points and field goals.”
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound high school senior also plays quarterback, running back and receiver. And on defense?
“Wherever we need him,” Nance said with a smile.
Robertson, who has played linebacker and safety for the Eagles, was at cornerback this past Friday against Okolona. The task at hand was to prevent talented receiver Antwan Grady from making big plays.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Grady, who entered Friday’s game with six touchdown receptions in four games this season, was held to two catches for 13 yards.
Robertson was then tabbed with a task on Monday that didn’t involve wearing his helmet and shoulder pads.
“I was running behind and I said, ‘Will, I need the football field mowed,’” Nance said on Monday afternoon. “He got it started for me and got a good bit of it done.”
Carrying out a task like that is nothing out of the ordinary for the Falkner senior. He’ll help out with the Falkner junior high football practices and will run the chains during a youth league game.
“Whatever we need done around here, he can do,” Nance said. “He doesn’t mind doing it. He’ll help you out. … He’s not too good to do the menial things. He does whatever you need done.”
“I think I get it from my parents mostly,” said Robertson, who spent this past summer weed-eating and loading and unloading trucks for Hill Brothers Construction, a company his grandfather, Clyde Robertson, helped create and is a part-owner of today.
In triple-digit temperatures in July, Robertson went from a tough morning football practice in Falkner to play in an American Legion Baseball state tournament game in Pontotoc that afternoon. He even wound up playing catcher.
“He’s just that type of kid,” Nance said. “He’s a competitor. He loves to compete. If you’re pitching horseshoes, he wants to win.”
Robertson also enjoys the physical contact experienced in the game of football.
“More often than not, he’ll deliver a hit while running the ball,” Nance said. “He loves to do that. He doesn’t shy away from the contact at all.
“As a matter of fact, I would like for him to shy away from it sometimes.”
That’s probably not going to happen anytime soon, Coach.
“I just jump back up and tell him good hit and go on with the next play,” Robertson said about being hit hard as a ball carrier. “That makes the game.”
Robertson is not only tough and hard-working, but is pretty athletic for his 5-foot-9 frame. In other words, he’s no Rudy, and there’s a reason why he played in high school varsity football games as an eighth-grader.
In 2009, Robertson rushed for 842 yards and threw for 300 more while accounting for 11 touchdowns running, passing and receiving. Not to mention, he played his entire junior season with a bad groin.
“He’s the best receiver I got, by far” Nance said. “He knows the offense. He can run it (the offense) if he has to. He can run it very well.”
Through five games this season, Robertson has gained 550 yards on the ground, averaging 5.61 yards per carry. In a recent practice, he kicked a 40-plus yard field goal.
On the basketball court, Robertson is Falkner’s point guard. Last year, he led the Eagles in scoring and assists, averaging 18.3 points and 3.7 assists per game.
Baseball is what the 17 year old considers to be his best sport. Just like in football, Robertson plays several positions. He pitches, catches, plays shortstop and the outfield.
He throws in the mid-80s and made some sensational grabs in the outfield during this year’s American Legion season.
“That was the first time I played outfield in a long time, when I played Legion ball,” said Robertson, who is being recruited by Northeast Mississippi Community College for baseball.
And to further illustrate Robertson’s athletic background, he comes from an athletic family. His older sister, Morgan, played basketball and softball and was a cheerleader at Falkner High.
“He’s very hard-working in every sport,” Nance said. “He’s just a hard-nosed kid. He’s a throwback athlete to years ago.”
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