Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football program drew rave reviews on National Signing Day this year with the official announcement of its prep recruiting class, which was considered as perhaps the top Division II class in the country.
Recently, the Bulldogs announced the addition of another important piece as defensive back/linebacker Marvin Robinson (Winter Haven, Fla.) joined the program as a Division I transfer from the University of Michigan in the Big Ten Conference.
A senior, Robinson will be eligible to play immediately per NCAA transfer rules. He appeared in 28 games over his three-year career in Ann Arbor and racked up 28 tackles with a fumble recovery. In addition, the four-star recruit earned a start in Michigan's first-ever night game against Notre Dame in 2011 and played a valuable role for the Wolverines on special teams throughout his UM career.
"He's a very tough, physical player and was regarded as one of Michigan's tougher guys in spring ball," said FSU head coach Tony Annese. "We lost a lot of guys on the defensive side after last fall and he'll join the wide-open competitions we have at every position."
The 6-2, 202-pound Robinson made nine tackles in 12 contests as a safety during the 2012 campaign under head coach Brady Hoke. A native of Winter Haven, Fla., Robinson was the nation's 21st-ranked outside linebacker in the class of 2010 by Scouts.com. He'll compete at FSU as a hybrid linebacker/safety in the Bulldogs' defensive package under new defensive coordinator Lou Esposito.
"We're building a program that people want to be a part of," said Annese. "I think a big part of having a champioinship program is getting those guys with Division I talent at the Division II level."
During his prep career at Florida's Lake Region High School, Robinson recorded 78 tackles and two interceptions in five games during an injury-shortened senior campaign. He also caught nine passes for 120 yards and scored a TD. As a junior, he registered 97 tackles, four interceptions and four blocked punts while rushing for 458 yards and four TD's.
In addition to being listed among the top linebacker prospects coming out of high school, Robinson also was tabbed as the nation's 18th-best safety and the number 38 player overall in the state of Florida by Rivals.com. A Prep Star All-American, he earned first team all-state honors as a senior and was a three-time all-county, all-district and all-area choice.
Ferris State posted a 7-4 overall mark in head coach Tony Annese's debut season last fall (2012) and FSU ranked among the nation's top 10 teams in both rushing offense and total offense.
The Bulldogs recorded several impressive wins under Annese's direction a year ago, including beating archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic for the first time since 1999, snapping a 10-year losing streak to Michigan Tech and topping defending national runner-up Wayne State for the first time in five years. FSU also managed to win seven games for only the second time in the past decade despite facing one of the nation's two toughest schedules in Division II football during the regular-season, according to the Massey Ratings.
The Bulldogs concluded the 2012 campaign in memorable fashion last fall by beating Northern Michigan 32-31 in Marquette (Nov. 10) as Annese rolled the dice and the Bulldogs converted a two-point play with nine seconds to earn the win remaining rather than kicking the extra point to go to overtime.
Ferris State will begin its 105th season of varsity competition with a huge test by moving up a level to face the preseason number one Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team in the country in two-time defending national champion North Dakota State on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Gate City Bank Field inside the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.
The week one test will kickoff an 11-game Bulldog football slate in 2013 that features five home contests at Top Taggart Field and a 10-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schedule. FSU will play its home opener the following week on Sept. 14 as the Bulldogs open league action at home against Lake Erie starting at 7 p.m. (ET).
Season and individual-game tickets for all 2013 home contests are currently on sale and can be purchased thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888 or online at StarTickets.com. Fans can receive a significant discount this season by purchasing tickets in advance rather than waiting until gameday. For more information, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.