Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ex-Wolverine Updates

Former Michigan defensive coordinator Scott Shafer got his first win as a head coach at Syracuse
S/LB Isaiah Bell: Bell, who started at defensive end for Lake Erie College, had 5 tackles in a 56-49 loss to Ferris State.

CB Cullen Christian: Christian, a backup free safety, had 1 tackle in Pitt's 49-27 win over New Mexico.

Defensive coordinator Ron English: Now the head coach at Eastern Michigan, English is 1-2 after a 28-10 loss to Rutgers on Saturday.

S Carvin Johnson: Johnson, who started at strong safety for Hampton, had 9 tackles and 1 pass breakup in a 30-27 loss to Tennessee Tech.

LB Kaleb Ringer: Ringer, a backup linebacker for Ferris State, had 4 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the win over Lake Erie.

Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson: Robinson, hired as the Texas defensive coordinator last week, suffered a 44-23 loss to Ole Miss. Ole Miss had 449 yards of total offense.

WR Jerald Robinson: Robinson had 3 catches for 71 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown reception, in a 25-14 Walsh University victory over Northwood.

S Marvin Robinson: Robinson started at safety for Ferris State and notched 15 tackles, .5 tackles for loss, and 1 pass breakup in the win over Lake Erie.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez: Arizona won a 38-13 game over the University of Texas-San Antonio. The Wildcats are now 3-0.

Defensive coordinator Scott Shafer: Shafer, now the head coach at Syracuse, had his first victory as a head coach with a 54-0 decision over Wagner. The Orangemen are now 1-2 after previous losses to Northwestern and Penn State.

S Ray Vinopal: Vinopal started at safety for Pitt and had 5 tackles in the victory.

CB Adrian Witty: Witty, a starting safety for Cincinnati, had 3 tackles in a 66-9 win over Northwestern State.


  1. Are Marvin Robinsons stats just a reflection of talent he is playing at Ferris? Or is it him just actually getting a chance to play?

    1. I think it's a combination of both. I think he would have been pretty good as a box safety, kind of like Jordan Kovacs was used. I got the feeling that the coaches wanted some more versatility out of their safeties, and both Thomas Gordon and Jarrod Wilson offer that versatility. So Robinson got squeezed out. He is a good tackler, though. I think if Michigan ran a 3-3-5 (the preference of the previous coaching staff), he would be doing pretty well for the Wolverines right now.

    2. I agree with Thunder. Overall, this list is pretty much how I would have thought -- not surprised M Robinson, Carvin Johnson, Vinopal, Witty and RichRod are doing well relative to their new situations and that the rest are non-entities and/or are playing at a much lower level.

      Only surprise to me is Cullen Christian. While I didn't think he'd be All-B1G, I thought he could play DI-A football. I guess I was wrong on that one.

  2. GLIAC football is a much smaller and slower game than is Big 10 football. Robinson is a real nasty combination of size and speed in that league.

  3. Are you inviting someone to watch and break down the Ferris State / Lake Erie college game?

  4. He always seemed to be a good tackler, even at the high D1 level. I'm guessing his issues were in coverage and/or decision making, but that's not based off of very much evidence.

    1. I think coverage was his biggest issue.