RENTON — Two former college teammates will knock heads for the first time as professional athletes when the Seattle Seahawks travel to Miami to face the Dolphins on Sunday.
Seahawks running back Mike Robinson and Miami defensive end Cameron Wake were teammates at Penn State for three seasons.
Robinson was a dual-threat quarterback at Penn State, becoming the fifth player in school history to gain more than 5,000 yards in total offense (5,168), and the only quarterback in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in his career, totaling 1,637 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Robinson was selected by San Francisco in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, and played four seasons there before signing with Seattle as a free agent in September 2010, after the Niners released him during final roster cuts.
Wake took a more circuitous route to his current job in the NFL. He finished with 191 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 24 tackles for loss as a hybrid defensive end at Penn State, but went undrafted in 2005, signing with the New York Giants.
But Wake was released before training camp. Looking for a second chance, Wake signed with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League in 2007.
Wake totaled an impressive 39 sacks in two seasons with the Lions, twice earning awards for most outstanding defensive player.
Coveted by several NFL teams, Wake signed a four-year deal with Miami in January 2009. After some early struggles, the 6-foot-3, 258-pound Wake has developed into one of the best pass rushers in the game.
“In college we all knew he was loaded with talent,” Robinson said. “We just wish he had a little bit more dog in him and he found it. Good for him. I’m glad to see he is doing well.”
Since 2010, Wake has totaled 32 tacks, the fifth-most in the league in that period.
Wake has 10 sacks this season, tied for fourth in the league with the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware.
“He really is a classic, big-time rusher,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a problem without question. He’s just as natural as you can be at bringing the heat.”
Wake said he’s looks forward to getting to hit Robinson, who was usually off limits in practice as a quarterback at Penn State.
“He’s an athlete obviously,” Wake said. “But if you would’ve told me back then this guy is going to be a fullback in the NFL and you guys are going to play each other, I probably would’ve told you that you were crazy.”
Robinson, who still calls Wake by the first name that he went by at Penn State — Derek — says bring it.
“He had a chance (to hit me in college),” Robinson said. “He missed — for real. I’m serious. Go watch some tape. Ask some people.”
EXPECT MORE BEAST MODE
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is on pace to set career highs for carries and rushing yards for a second consecutive season.
And it doesn’t appear that Carroll plans on lessening the load.
“I told him we’re going to give it to him more,” Carroll said.
Through 10 games, Lynch has rushed for 1,005 yards on 212 carries for a healthy 4.7 yards per carry.
Only Houston’s Arian Foster has more carries through 10 games at 249.
If Lynch keeps up that pace through 16 games, he would carry the ball 339 times for 1,680 yards — both would be career highs.
Last season, Lynch rushed for a career-high 1,204 yards on 285 carries and 12 rushing touchdowns.
The Seahawks drafted Robert Turbin out of Utah State in the fourth round of this year’s draft because they wanted another physical back to spell Lynch, who has a history of back issues.
However, Turbin has just 167 yards on 42 carries this season, as the Seahawks continue to lean on Lynch.
“He’s doing fine,” Carroll said. “He’s holding up great. He’s really done a beautiful job of taking care of himself, and our guys have managed him real well on our (practice) days, and building him up each week.
“He looks fit and fast, and he looks like he’s in great shape right now. So it’s going fine, and I’m not worried about it at all, honestly.”
Offensive guard James Carpenter returned to the field for the first time in four weeks. He was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday after returning from a head injury. Carroll said he wants to see how Carpenter makes it through this week before he declares who will start at left guard against Miami. John Moffitt has started the past two games at left guard for Seattle. … Lynch (back), defensive end Greg Scruggs (oblique), cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring), defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (groin) and linebacker K.J. Wright (concussion) were full participants in practice on Wednesday. … The Seahawks made a couple of roster moves, bringing back receiver Charly Martin from the practice squad to the active roster. Martin fills the spot left vacant when rookie safety Winston Guy was suspended for violating the league’s policy against using performance-enhancing drugs. With an open spot created by Martin moving up, the Seahawks added receiver Corbin Louks to the practice squad.Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks