What are your measurements
(height, weight and forty time)?
6’2” ½, 207, ran a 4.61 during my senior day.
How did you get into
football in the first place?
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
What schools were
interested in you when you were coming out of
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.
Why did you eventually
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.
Describe your junior
season to us from an individual and team
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
How thrilling was the Bowl
game win against Air Force last year by a narrow
margin of one point?
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.
What is the highlight of
your football career up to this point?
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.
What are your early
impressions about your team coming out of spring
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
Khvatov: What are
your expectations for your senior campaign from
a team and individual standpoint?
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.
Khvatov: What are
your strengths on the football field?
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.
What areas of your game do
you need to improve upon?
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.
Who are some of the
toughest players that you have gone up against
during your career?
The running back from
Boise State (David Martin) and Kellen Moore (QB from
Which players on your team
are ready for a breakout season?
LB Dan Molls and WR Bernard Reedy.
What do you enjoy most
about playing college football?
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.
What is your definition of
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
What is the greatest
lesson that you have learned in life so far?
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.
What do you like to do
away from the football field?
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.
What do you plan to do with your life after your
football career is over?
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.
Finish the sentence,
Jermaine Robinson is….
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.