|Freshman safety Marvin Robinson|
A couple weeks ago, a poll question asked "Now that Vladimir Emilien has transferred, who should be the backup free safety?" Here were the results out of 98 votes:
Marvin Robinson: 61%
Ray Vinopal: 34%
Brandin Hawthorne: 4%
The poll winner, Marvin Robinson, is still listed as the backup to Jordan Kovacs at Bandit. So the coaches have obviously chosen Vinopal to move up from fourth string to second string (remember, aside from the Emilien transfer, Jared Van Slyke is out for the season due to injury).
I'd like to see what Marvin Robinson can do on the football field, whether it's at Bandit or free safety. I think he's a superior athlete to Vinopal. However, there were some questions about Robinson's speed coming out of high school, and it probably wouldn't be a good idea to concentrate multiple linebacker/safety hybrids at the free safety position, like Robinson and Cameron Gordon. I'm okay with Robinson staying at Bandit for this year, but I do think that Michigan should continue to look for solutions at free safety. I don't know that a long-term answer at FS is currently on the roster.