Robey loving his time in the trenches at Mountain View
There’s something to be said about any man who’s willing to fight, for 48 minutes, in the backbreaking cauldron that is the gridiron trenches.
That grind, however, is precisely what Mountain View senior Tavian Robey loves most about his beloved game of football.
Robey, the son of former Northwestern University linebacker Ray Robey, has excelled on the dark, green playing-surface at Mountain View, racking up 46 tackles and nine tackles for a loss in his three-year varsity career.
It’s difficult to quantify Robey’s impact on the Mountain Lions squad just by glancing in a stat sheet alone, however.
Robey, like any good offensive or defensive lineman (he plays both), impacts every play of a game, eating up blockers and gumming up running lanes so his teammates can get the glory of tackles and sacks.
Robey revels in that sort of anonymity, however, knowing that opposing quarterbacks and running backs will soon meet their match on Friday nights.
It’s the strategy that means the most to Robey, who has the smarts to match his outsized athleticism, with a 3.94-weighted GPA.
His presence has meant a lot to Mountain View’s coaching staff, and veteran coach Clarence McRae in particular.
McRae talked at length about the importance of having guys like Robey on this year’s team, saying at one point that he wished he had a team full of Tavians to coach.
“He’s a hard-working kid, and is someone that shows up every day and does exactly what he’s supposed to do,” McRae said. “No matter what team he’s on, he’s always going to make that team better because he’s very disciplined and he’s very committed.”
Robey, who started playing flag football at the age of six and tackle not much later, said he’s just happy to play for McRae and company.
“I enjoy the family that we all have,” Robey said. “We’re all really close, and we spend a lot of time together off the football field as well. So we all have a real strong bond together.”
Tackling his future
Robey’s prospects for playing at the collegiate level are strong, with offers piling up from Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) teams from coast to coast.
As for now, Robey’s focused on honing in on the aspects of his game he feels need improvement, so he can flourish on the college stage.
“It’s been really fun,” Robey said of his recruitment process. “It’s really cool to know that there are so many chances out there. It’s great to have coaches that care about you and that try to set you up for great opportunities like that.”
McRae hopes younger Mountain Lions can look to Robey and see him as a role model of sorts.
“A lot of times you look at role models and you think of someone that’s not in your circle,” McRae said. “A role model can be someone that’s in the same locker room as you. So the discipline that he shows to take care of his schoolwork as well as playing football at a high level shows his dedication, not only to the sport, but towards himself as well.”
Robey is excited to carry the experiences he’s garnered during his years on the northwest fringes of Tucson, regardless of where his path takes him in life.
He’s focused far beyond the white-striped gridirons of the Grand Canyon State, with an eye towards a career as either an engineer or medical professional.
Of course, Robey’s not shying away from the potential to be the second member of his family to play on the sport’s largest stage.
“It means a lot,” Robey said of getting to perhaps play college football like his father. “It’s good to carry on the tradition. Football’s a sport where you can really show who you are, so it’s good to show who you are outside of your family.”