Marvin Robinson to Start?

Submitted by gremlin on September 22nd, 2010 at 1:30 PM

From Adam Rittenberg's chat today:


Daniel (Orlando)

What is going on with Michigan defense this year? Marvin Robinson is expected to start saturday, so he will burn his redshirt. Do you think it will be another shootout in Ann Arbor this weekend against Bowling Green?"


Did I miss something?



September 22nd, 2010 at 2:13 PM ^

M Rob has been practicing at both free safety and as well as behind Kovacs since fall camp. He has been the unofficial backup at both spots I believe. Given Kovacs's struggles in coverage I figured we would see MRob on the field a lot more once we got away from run-first teams. If it's in place of Cam that would worry me since I feel like Gordon is almost over that Willis Barringer learning curve and MRob probably isn't much of an improvement with less experience. If he has beat out Kovacs this week that's a good sign.


September 22nd, 2010 at 2:14 PM ^

I'm all for anything that helps this team win football games.  MRob obviously has been working hard and has cracked the starting line-up.  Another off season with Barwis and this kid is going to be all big ten caliber.


September 22nd, 2010 at 2:40 PM ^

I am stating in my own chat that I. Bell is starting for C. Roh because of a lack of pass rush.   Discuss.   This guy from nowhere says something stupid and all of a sudden people are running with this as fact from RR?


I thought we evolved past the 1920's where this was believed true....."it's in print it has to be true" 


September 22nd, 2010 at 2:49 PM ^

I think Kovacs is a serviceable player and has made plenty of plays.  However, I think for every big play he makes there are 4 or 5 other plays where he is exposed due to lack of speed (i.e. pursuit angles, not getting to perimeter or not beating blocks).

Hopefully Robinson can help with some of these issues, but he is a freshman!


September 22nd, 2010 at 4:45 PM ^

I'd say that there are usually a few plays per game in which his deficiencies show, but WAY more common is the play where he maintains his assignment, diagnoses the play, and reacts quickly.  He's the one guy in the back 7 (8) that I trust to be in the right place at the right time.  And I think today's UFR backs me up on that.

Besides, he made, what, 72 tackles last year?  If you're suggesting that he screws up 4 to 5 times more often, that would be between 288 and 360 errors last year.  Do you think he would have started (and been named a Freshman All-American) if that was the case?

Webber's Pimp

September 22nd, 2010 at 4:06 PM ^

Kovacs is really representative of how far we've fallen talent wise. There's no way he sees the field during the tenures of Bo, Moeller, or Carr. Nothing against the kid but if this were a normal Michigan roster Kovacs would be over at the CCRB this very day...


September 22nd, 2010 at 4:32 PM ^

Yes, the freshman All-American and leading returning tackler on the team is indicative of how far we've fallen. Not the 4 year starter at MLB making the same mistakes still or the patchwork cornerback and safety spots where we have two players who were WR at this point last year starting.  Kovacs isn't perfect, but he's a pretty good football player who gets way too much undeserved crap on this site.

Zone Left

September 22nd, 2010 at 4:48 PM ^

Kovacs gets crap essentially because he isn't Te'o.  He's obviously limited physically next to high level recruits, but he tackles really well and doesn't get out of position.  I think fans are generally more willing to  forgive a player that can't get into position properly than a player that is always in position, but can't keep up athletically.  There's never a  "holy shit awesome" play with those players.


September 22nd, 2010 at 4:06 PM ^

In Brian's UFR, he suggests startin Kovacs at Ezeh's spot and bringing in Marvin to fill his old spot.  Apparently a 185 lb walk on can do a better job than Ezeh, which if true, lets see it happen.


September 29th, 2010 at 12:29 AM ^

MRob is listed behind Kovacs according to Rivals so with him and Cam Gordon back at safety there could be some interesting plays back in the secondary that may cause me to punch my sofa. But I'm glad at least one highly touted DB recruit is on the field with what happened with Emilien, Cissoko, and Dorsey. Not to mention Donovan leaving early and Troy getting hurt. But hopefully he makes a positive impact if he does get the start and Go Blue.