Isaiah Roebuck recovers from hand injury to try to catch passes, line drives
Roebuck is hoping to avoid a sophomore slump with Jimmies baseball and football.
JAMESTOWN — While many collegiate athletes work on their sports during the summer, very few practice two sports during the summer. One of those in the latter camp is the University of Jamestown’s Isaiah Roebuck, who plays football and baseball for the Jimmies.
During the summer, Roebuck was playing for the Jamestown Elks amateur baseball team before a broken hand sidelined him for all but four of the Elks games and forced him to miss time on the gridiron as well. The recovery time was hard for Roebuck because he was forced to spend time away from the two sports he loves.
“Not being able to play any type of sports because it’s kind of what I do,” Roebuck said. “It’s how I get away from things and how I have fun and not being able to do that kind of sucks.”
Roebuck said the fact that this is not his first fracture helped him keep the recovery timeline in his head.
“I broke my wrist in eighth grade playing basketball and I was out for almost the whole season and I came back right before baseball started,” Roebuck said. “I understand what the recovery process is like and what it’s going to be like afterwards. It’s not always going to be the same but you can get pretty much back to normal.”
Roebuck is heading into his sophomore season playing for both teams. In his freshman football season as a wide receiver and kick returner, Roebuck had 29 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He also had 26 returns for 395 yards. In his freshman year as an outfielder and pitcher, Roebuck hit .373 with five doubles, nine RBIs and 11 stolen bases. In the field, he had 28 catches and 27 putouts.
Before Roebuck’s broken hand, he said he was putting in the work to try to take a step forward in his second season.
“The days before I broke my hand I would wake up around 5 am to get ready for conditioning and weights at 6 a.m,” Roebuck said. “Then after weights, I would work for about eight hours. After work, I would get home, take a nap then get up and go to the field to run routes. … Also, every Wednesday and Sunday, I had 7-on-7 and baseball games for the Elks but they were around the same time so I ended up picking between the two every week.”
Jimmies head football coach Brian Mistro said he is excited to see the impact that Roebuck can make when he is fully healthy in camp.
“Obviously, when you’re not able to do the things you want to do over the summer, getting ready for fall camp, it inhibits you to feel like you might be down and out a little bit,” Mistro said. “To be honest with you, with how much we’re going to be throwing the rock to that kid in fall camp, he’s got plenty of time to get that feel back. When you’re a natural talent and athlete like that, he’s not going to miss a beat. I wasn’t mad when it happened, I ain’t mad now, I told him, ‘Hey man, we’re going to go out and get to work.’”
Despite the injury, Roebuck is determined to overcome the injury and get back to work on the football field and baseball diamond.
“Honestly, it made it where I couldn’t get the work that I wanted to get done this summer, being with workouts and conditioning but it just means I have to work harder for the future and right now,” Roebuck said. “I don’t think it’s made too much of an impact. I’m still going to be out there doing my thing. It’s just going to be a little bit tougher.”