Robinson likely to return to practice later this week for ISU

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said that leading rusher Alexander Robinson likely will return to practice later this week with the idea of playing Saturday against Nebraska.

Robinson re-strained a groin muscle in the Cyclones' 24-10 victory over Baylor Saturday night. The injury originally occurred in the Cyclones' triumph over Army on Sept. 26.

"I believe he will play," Rhoads said. "His condition will come later in the week. Since that Army game, he's been quiet in practice on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and then he practices on Wednesday and Thursday. Right now, that's how we think we'll proceed this week."

Robinson has been the biggest surprise this season for the 4-3 Cyclones, leading the conference with an average of 105.3 rushing yards per game despite missing significant playing time against Kansas State and Baylor because of the injury.

Rhoads said that Robinson has wanted to take part in every practice, despite the injury.

"He runs extremely hard," Rhoads said. "He broke a long run against Kansas State and I made the decision to take him out. If his eyes had lasers, I would have been a dead man."

He's remained determined despite his injury, Rhoads said.

"He wants to go back in after he got tweaked against Baylor. He wants to practice every Tuesday," Rhoads said. "He's as competitive as anybody I've ever been around. We've limited his assignments, but that doesn't stop what he wants to do."

If Robinson can't play he would be replaced by freshman Jeremiah Schwartz, who has rushed for 214 yards on 49 carries this season.