Robinson's sprained ankle improving as Cotton Bowl approaches

Despite concerns about the sprained right ankle of Zac Robinson, coach Mike Gundy believes his senior starting quarterback will be ready to go for the Cowboys' Jan. 2 AT&T Cotton Bowl game against Mississippi.

Gundy told reporters that Robinson is improving after sustaining the injury on the first possession of the Cowboys' 27-0 loss to Oklahoma Nov. 28 in Norman.

"Zac's not 100 percent. He had a pretty good injury, but he's going fine now," Gundy said. "My opinion, four or five days from now, he'll be at full speed. We're not limiting his participation."

Robinson has been banged up throughout the season. His streak of 34 consecutive starts was ended after he sustained a shoulder injury in the Cowboys' victory over Texas Tech, causing him to miss OSU's home finale against Colorado. He returned to action for the Oklahoma game and played through the injury.

"It's getting better," Robinson said. "It’s obviously frustrating not being completely healthy. We’ve still got a lot of time and I continue to get better every day.”

Getting Robinson back into the starting lineup will be critical if the Cowboys have any hope of winning the bowl game against Mississippi. If he can't go, sophomore Brandon Weeden would be his replacement.

But it's hard to believe that Robinson won't try to play in the bowl game, considering his tenacity and grittiness throughout his career.