Nebraska Football: Wan’Dale Robinson sees season end prematurely

Former Nebraska football wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson runs (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Nebraska football wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson runs (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports) /

Former Nebraska football star Wan’Dale Robinson had been getting better and better as a rookie in the NFL this season. Now, unfortunately, the receiver, who eventually transferred to Kentucky, has seen his first season with the New York Giants come to a rather abrupt end.

Robinson was in the middle of what was easily the best game of his young professional career for the Giants when he suffered a torn ACL. The injury will obviously have him shelved for the rest of this season, the hope is that he’s not out for longer than that.

The former Nebraska football star had already missed time earlier this season with injuries but had come back stronger and looking like he could be a real weapon as the Giants geared up for a playoff push. Both he and Brian Daboll’s squad were surprising some by how well they were performing.

Before getting hurt, Robinson hauled down nine catches for 100 yards. Those both beat out his previous highs a few weeks earlier when he had six catches for 50 yards.

On the season, the former Husker and Kentucky Wildcat had 23 catches for 227 yards and a touchdown. His performances were looking even better because the Giants have had a swath of injuries and poor performances by the team’s wide receivers.

Other Giants pass catchers that have problems staying on the field this year include Sterling Shepard, who went on injured reserve earlier this season after a campaign-ending knee injury. The club traded injury-plagued former first-round pick Kadarius Toney, to Kansas City. Now Robinson is out.

The loss of the former Nebraska football star means that the Giants might be dealing with an even more one-sided offensive attack than it had before. Certainly, running back Saquon Barkley has had a phenomenal season and quarterback David Jones has been somewhat resurgent, but the offense still only managed 18 points against a Detroit Lions defense that is among the worst in the NFL.

Robinson’s rookie season comes after quite an impressive college football career that saw him catch 91 passes for 914 yards while also rushing for 580 yards in two seasons with Nebraska football. He really took off as an NFL prospect after transferring to Kentucky last year where he had 104 receptions for over 1,300 yards.