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U-M safety/linebacker Robinson transfers to Ferris

BIG RAPIDS — Former University of Michigan safety/linebacker Marvin Robinson has transferred to Ferris State to play for the Bulldogs, the school confirmed Friday.

NEW BLOOD: Ferris State Head Football Coach Tony Annese and the Bulldogs added another piece to their defense as former Michigan safety/linebacker Marvin Robinson has officially transferred to FSU. (Pioneer file photo)

FSU Assistant Athletic Director Rob Bentley confirmed that Robinson has been released from his scholarship to Michigan and is currently enrolled at Ferris State.

Michigan confirmed in May that Robinson was looking to transfer to another school.

FSU Head Coach Tony Annese said the process of bringing Robinson on board was a mutual one between the Wolverines and the Bulldogs.

“(Robinson) got his release from Michigan about a month ago,” Annese said. “The recruiting coordinator at Michigan called us up and asked if we would be interested in him and it was one of those good situations where it worked out to be a win-win for everyone involved.”

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound senior safety will be able to play for the Bulldogs this upcoming season due to NCAA rules that allow Division I athletes who transfer to a lower level to immediate compete for their new team.

With 27 tackles and a fumble recovery in his career at Michigan, Annese said Robinson will compete to play as a hybrid safety/linebacker for the Bulldogs’ defense in 2013.

“He’s a very tough, physical player,” Annese said of Robinson. “I know many of the coaches at Michigan were saying that he was one of the tougher guys they had playing in spring ball.”

Annese said despite coming from a bigger program, Robinson will have to work his way into a position on the Ferris defense just like everyone else.

“By no means is there any guaranteed spot for him,” he said. “We lost a lot of players from our defense after this last season. There’s going to be wide-open competitions at every position.”

Word of Robinson’s transfer to Ferris State started making the rounds Friday after Robinson was photographed with former Wolverine linebacker Kaleb Ringer, who also announced his departure from the Wolverines in May.

Ringer posted a photo on Twitter of him and Robinson together underneath a Ferris State logo with the caption “FSU LBs. #NewEra Hannnn!!!!!”

Ringer, who was a redshirt freshman with the Wolverines last season, has not officially transferred to FSU. But Friday’s photo and the changing of his Twitter handle to “@Ring_RingFSU” and the mention of “FSU football” in his Twitter bio has many speculating that he will transfer to Ferris and join his brother Korey, who is a junior running back for the Bulldogs.

Ringer never played a down for the Wolverines because of a season-ending knee injury he suffered during the Wolverines’ fall camp.

Annese declined to comment on Ringer, but said the addition of Robinson is part of the Bulldogs’ effort to continue building the program back to glory after going 7-4 overall in Annese’s first year at the helm last season.

“I think we’re building a program that people want to be a part of,” he said. “I think a big part of having a championship program is getting those guys with Division I talent who want to play Division II.”

 

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