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SES Tennessee: Robert King Ready To Be Crowned At Fortius Project

Ridgeway rising senior Robert King will crossover into the Magnolia state with his quarterback Tyrique Sandusky on April 30th. The duo will spend the final Saturday of the month competing at the Fortius Project combine hosted by Itawamba Community College.

As a junior last season King hauled in 73 passes for a total of 667 yards and three touchdowns from his fellow classmate and signal caller, Sandusky. Both will look to show off the skills at Fortius that helped them lead Roadrunners to a 6-5 record in 2015.

“I’m just looking to get some work in and to compete,” King told SES Tennessee. “I think there will be a lot of competition there. It’s a great opportunity that I can’t pass up.”

King, who looks up to potential first round NFL draft pick Laquon Treadwell, possess a work ethic and desire to great similar to that of the former Ole Miss receiver. Mostly the Roadrunner pass-catcher admires the former All-SEC wideouts’s great hands and blocking ability.

“I’m going to grab every rep that I can. I’m going to try to outwork everybody on the field,” King said of the upcoming Fortius Project.

Also reminiscent of his role model, he describes himself as a player that “likes to make the game-changing plays.” And says his strengths are blocking and “coming in during the clutch time.” While Treadwell has been praised and touted since his prep days in Illinois has just recently experienced adversity in his career. It started in just sophomore season when he suffered a gruesome injury involving his leg and ankle. More recently he has faced questions about his speed leading up to the draft. Some even saying that he may no longer be the first receiver off the board.

Adversity is something that King has faced his whole life, he says. In fact, it has created a chip on his shoulder that, along with his love for the game, is what drives him to be great. The excitement and build up around the game, but also the time that comes to focus on what has to be done is his favorite thing about playing football.

“I’ve been told constantly that I can’t do any of the things that I’m able to do now,” He stated. “That’s what made me work hard and that’s what made me who I am today. I’ve always been the type to let negativity be my motivation.”

“During school on game day you can feel the energy in the building, and it’s a pretty good feeling. But at the same time I have to maintain focus and remember that we’re here to take care of business. I can just imagine how it would be in college.”

Despite making the playoffs and finishing 6-5 after a first round loss to Lexington, King feels the season could have easily had a different feel to it. Mainly due to some misfortune and errors late in games.

Personally, it was a special season for King as it was his first as a starter.

“For my first year as a starter I believe I had a pretty decent season. It started kind of slow with the touchdowns but I began to pick it up. I had to prove to coach that I was ready to step up and I did just that leading the team in receptions and receiving yards,” King explained. “If we needed a big play, I tried my hardest to make sure we had that big play. Even if the team needed encouragement, I tried to be that person that provided it.”

Sure, there are key players from last year’s team won’t be back, but plenty of talent will be, according to King. And he only has one more shot to make a run at his ultimate goal. So, including his stop at Fortius, he is really working hard this offseason, as is his team, to get better before next Fall arrives.

“We all have been in game time situations. We all have the mindset that we want the gold ball in our hands come December,” He said.

“We’ve been working hard in the weight room and out on the field. A lot of people don’t believe we can do it, but we have to let our pads do the talking from now on. I know we have what it takes to be state champs. We just have to prove it, starting this spring.”

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