View Full Version : Coach on Robby Farmer: "Great Anticipation"

08-16-2005, 11:09 PM
By Michael Lomardo
Date: Aug 13, 2005

Not only was versatility a theme throughout the Chargers’ draft, but it was a trait found in most of their undrafted rookie signings as well. The personification of that statement is Robby Farmer, a linebacker out of Troy State.

The six-foot-two, 240 lb. Farmer showcased his diverse skill set last season by switching to the SAM linebacker position after spending his junior year as a MIKE ‘backer. He responded by registering 67 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Larry Blakeney, the head coach at Troy State, believes Robby Farmer has what it takes to make his transition to the NFL go just as smoothly as his transition to the outside position.

“He was a pleasure to coach,” recalled Blakeney. “He was one of our recruits that we got to watch really improve while he was working here.”

Farmer truly did blossom during his time at Troy State. As his understanding of the game increased, so did his productivity. He developed into a true student of the game, and that is one of the primary reasons that Blakeney believes he was so effective.

“The number on thing that stands out about Robby’s game is that he has great anticipation,” Blakeney said. “He really enjoys studying the game and studying opponents. He’s always going to be where he’s supposed to be.”

It is impressive that Farmer was able to understand his role in the defense so well, especially since it was in a constant state of flux throughout his collegiate career. Still, his natural abilities allowed him to make such changes seamlessly.

“He has incredible athletic ability,” boasted Blakeney. “He played some fullback in the past, and he played all three linebacker positions for us while he was here.”

Not only is Farmer an admirable specimen on the field, but he is equally inspiring off of it. He was a member of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), which not only helped him build character, but leadership skills as well.

“He’s a very spiritual guy,” Blakeney said. “He’s always where he’s supposed to be off of the field. He’s a true leader in the spiritual realm. He was a part of the FCA and led devotions, so he does his part in that respect.”

Even despite his impressive athletic and personal credentials, Farmer is still fighting an uphill battle in his efforts to make the Chargers’ active roster. It isn’t that he’s not qualified, rather that the Chargers are just very deep at the linebacker position. Still, Blakeney believes it unwise to count out Farmer just yet.

“He has a good work ethic and great character,” assured Blakeney. “If there is any possibility he can make the team, he’ll make the team, and make it better in the process.”

On a Chargers team led by many players who went undrafted (Antonio Gates, Eric Parker and Jacques Cesaire come to mind), anything is possible. Even for Farmer to get his opportunity, to make the team, and to make it even better; just as his coach predicted.

Now if he can only stop being chided by the Chargers coaching staff. During this last week in practice, linebackers’ coach Greg Manusky laid into Farmer for being out of position. If you remember, Gates was once ridden hard by then tight ends’ coach Tim Brewster. Maybe it means something – good or bad – you make the call.

08-17-2005, 08:38 AM
I hope Robby does well. Keep gettin' after it Robby!