Jermaine Robinson Interview
S / Toledo / Sr.

Updated - 7-7-12

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Jermaine Robinson:  6’2” , 207, ran a 4.61 during my senior day. 


Alex Khvatov:  How did you get into football in the first place?

Jermaine Robinson:  One day I was watching the Dallas Cowboys game when I was about four years old at my grandfather’s house.  I fell in love with it.  I have been playing since I have been eight years old.      


Alex Khvatov:  What schools were interested in you when you were coming out of high school?

Jermaine Robinson:  I had a few Big East, Big 10 and Pac-12 schools.  I had originally committed to West Virginia out of high school.  Coach Rodriguez had left.  He took the job at Michigan that year.  A lot of tings got mixed up.  I would up going to a prep school for a semester.             


Alex Khvatov:  Why did you eventually choose Toledo?

Jermaine Robinson:  They were always there for me.  They were coming out to see me.  I developed a good relationship with the coaches.  I thought that it was the best fit for me.


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your junior season to us from an individual and team standpoint.    

Jermaine Robinson:  It was by far my best year from an individual standpoint.  As a team, we accomplished a lot.  We won our first Bowl game in four years.  We played against Ohio State in the second game of the season.  We stayed with them up until the fourth quarter and lost by a touchdown.  We had a lot of highs in that season.   


Alex Khvatov:  How thrilling was the Bowl game win against Air Force last year by a narrow margin of one point?     

Jermaine Robinson:  We were winning it pretty easily in the beginning.  We were up by the score of 21-7.  Then they scored quickly.  We were going back and forth after that.  It came down to the last play when they went for a fake FG.  We just happened to make the play.  


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your football career up to this point? 

Jermaine Robinson:  The interception return for a TD against Air Force in the Bowl game.  It was in the second half.  They actually just scored.  The momentum was on their side.  It was a tipped ball, and I just made the break on the ball.  I was able to score a TD in my first ever Bowl game.              


Alex Khvatov:  What are your early impressions about your team coming out of spring practice?

Jermaine Robinson:  We have younger guys that are playing new roles.  Our defense has almost everybody back.  We also get a couple of guys back who missed time with injuries last year.  We have a new defensive coordinator.  Everything is going really well.           


Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for your senior campaign from a team and individual standpoint? 

Jermaine Robinson:  From a team standpoint, I want to leave my career with the MAC championship and another Bowl game.  From an individual standpoint, I have seen a lot of guys do well here at Toledo and not get drafted.  I want to be the first DB at the University of Toledo that gets drafted.  I want to get myself in the top five as far as my position.  Just as long as I work hard, everything else will fall into place.           


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field? 

Jermaine Robinson:  Leadership.  I think that I am a good leader.  I love being involved in the run game.  I love being in the box and blitzing.          


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Jermaine Robinson:  I am not only a starting safety, but I am also starting at nickel this year.  I want to improve in my footwork and getting a little taller.  I just want to improve in my press man and off man coverage.  I want to polish that up, so I am not strictly an in-box safety.            


Alex Khvatov:  Who are some of the toughest players that you have gone up against during your career? 

Jermaine Robinson:  The running back from Boise State (David Martin) and Kellen Moore (QB from Boise State).      


Alex Khvatov:  Which players on your team are ready for a breakout season?

Jermaine Robinson:  LB Dan Molls and WR Bernard Reedy.       


Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about playing college football?

Jermaine Robinson:  Going to different venues, playing at different stadiums and seeing the different fans from across the country.  This is the best time of your life being a student athlete.        


Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of a leader?

Jermaine Robinson:  He is going to do everything necessary to get his team a victory.  He is going to work when no one is looking.  He is totally committed to football.                  


Alex Khvatov:  What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far?

Jermaine Robinson:  Growing up, I have overcome adversity and the hard times.  You need to have faith.  There will be good times and hard times.  You will always make it through the tough times.           


Alex Khvatov:  What do you like to do away from the football field?

Jermaine Robinson:  I am a laid back guy.  I like to watch TV.  I am a big fan of the military channel.  I tell people that if I wasn’t playing football, I would be in a military. 


Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?

Jermaine Robinson:  I am majoring in criminal justice.  I hope that I can do something in that field.  I want to help the kids and the youth.           


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Jermaine Robinson is….

Jermaine Robinson:  On the field, I am Troy Polamulu and Ray Lewis mixed together.  Off-the-field, I am quiet as a cat.  Number one for me is to get to the NFL. 



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