With the departure of Roger Williams, the starting job at free safety is wide open this spring and heading into the fall. One player looking to compete for that spot is redshirt sophomore Jamie Robinson. At 6'2" and 190 pounds, Robinson has the body that coaches look for at safety. "Mickey decided to move him back to free safety and he's probably physically fitted better for that position." Coach Bobby Bowden said. "He's still got a lot to learn and I think he will learn."
Jamie never really thought he would end up at free safety until recently when he met with Coach Andrews. "My first year here they were talking about moving me to safety and I was like ‘I'm not gonna do that now', and it never even really crossed my mind until winter time in the January program", Robinson said, "I got it in my mind that maybe I will be good at safety." Robinson says he is the one who brought up the idea of the position switch to Andrews. "I went into his (Coach Andrews) office and I told him I wanted to meet with him. I presented to him that I was thinking about it (switching to safety), and he told me he was thinking the same thing so we were kind of on the same page without even knowing it."
For Robinson, he says he is having a good time with his new position. "I'm real excited about learning a new position. It seems like a real fun position so I just want to go out and have a lot of fun with it." Robinson says he is looking to use his strengths to excel as he takes on the challenge of playing free safety. "I know one of the strong parts in my game is reading and breaking and that's what you're doing a lot, you read the quarterback and read off those balls and that's the main thing I like about it."
Free safety is a completely different position from cornerback, where Robinson has spent his entire college and high school career thus far and he knows the transition will take some time. "Now at safety, I have run gaps I have to come up and fill and I will have several dual opportunities I will have to worry about with pass and run."
After recording just 17 total tackles in 2007, Robinson knows he needs to work on that aspect of his game in order to succeed as a last resort in the secondary. "The main thing I want to work on is my tackling. I want to work on coming up and being more aggressive on my tackling. At corner, you really don't have to tackle as much as you do at safety."
Robinson has been working with the first team in practice for the first few days of spring practice and is looking to lock up the starting job once fall football rolls around. He is competing with Darius McClure and Anthony Leon for the top spot on the depth chart.