Robinson Ready For Return To Iowa

Michigan state safety Trenton Robinson is coming off a top performance against Minnesota as the Spartans get ready for a trip to Iowa City for a battle against the Hawkeyes. How does the Spartans captain see the Hawkeyes?

A year ago, Trenton Robinson and his teammates sat in a position to control their destiny only to see the Hawkeyes hand the Spartans their first loss of the season.

Now on another stretch run that could lead to an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game, Robinson feels this year's Spartans team will be ready.

"We were in this position last year and it didn't pan out the way we wanted it to (losing at Iowa)," said Robinson. "This year, we're just focused on getting it done. I'm truly excited about getting an opportunity to go back there (Iowa) and change it, make it the way we want it to be and not have to worry about all of the other stuff (tiebreakers). This is an exciting feeling. To be back in control of our own destiny is great."

Robinson knows the Spartans defense must be up to task to stop the Hawkeyes and it starts with running back Marcus Coker. What does Robinson know about the Hawkeyes main runner?

"He's a big, physical running back," said Robinson. "Coach (Pat) Narduzzi was just talking about it today; they recruited him as a fullback because he's a big guy. You have to go in there and you have to hit him and wrap him up, because he bounces off tackles and he runs very hard."

Another weapon Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg will look to use is wide receiver Marvin McNutt. Robinson knows he and his fellow defensive backfield mates must be up to the challenge.

"Marvin McNutt is a real big guy," said Robinson. "So we'll have to have good coverage on him. We'll have to make plays on the ball. We'll have to go up for it, because he's going to go up for it when it's up in the air. He's really their go-to guy."

As for Vandenberg, the Spartans know he brings a different skill set than what they've been playing against the past couple of weeks.

"He has a good arm," said Robinson. "He's different than the quarterbacks we've faced in the past four weeks, but he's going to go out and try and make plays."

Robinson, who was nominated for the FRS Defensive Performance of the Year on Tuesday is putting the close on his Spartans career and a win over Iowa will add to his ever growing legacy.


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