"It's like day and night," Robinson told GoBlueWolverine. "I'm working on timing, and all this stuff is just helping me out a lot. I feel like I'm growing as a person, as a player, and just getting better with everything. I feel like I've made some big strides, and I think the whole team is. I think that's something that's looking good right now. We're making the most of our opportunity to be the best that day, and trying to make the most out of being on the football field."
One of Robinson's teammates hoping to see extended action on the turf this fall is second string quarterback and now part time wide receiver Devin Gardner. Gardner, at 6'4, 203 pounds, is one of the more athletically gifted Wolverines on the roster who can showcase his rare skill set all over the field.
"Devin is probably one of the best athletes on the team," said Robinson. "So when you see him play and when you see him do stuff it doesn't even shock you anymore."
"He's one of the tough guys," he continued. "It's kind of hard on him because he can play anything, and if he has to play both of them in practice he'll do some stuff. Whatever he does, he's a great athlete. When he's playing quarterback he's probably one of the top quarterbacks. If he's playing receiver he's one of the top receivers. So just watching him play is just fun to watch him."
Watching the seniors on team 132 work, lead, and prepare the rest of the Wolverines gives Robinson the confidence to follow suit for the 2012 version of the Michigan football team. And with a career that has seemingly flown by, Robinson is more than aware of just how valuable his remaining time in the maize and blue is.
"That comes with growing," he said. "That comes with you being here for four years and watching the seniors lead their team and watching them do what they do. I feel like I watched enough, and learned a lot, so now I have a chance to actually speak and say some stuff that will help the freshmen, and that will help all of the people that are under us who are a part of the senior class. I feel like I have an opportunity and I've got to make the most of it."
Robinson and the rest of the Wolverines don't have much longer to wait for an opportunity to hit them square in the face, as Michigan prepares to take on the defending national champion, Alabama, in a primetime, top ten match-up to kick the 2012 season off on September 1st.
"That is an opportunity playing against the defending national champions," said Robinson. "Right now we're trying to focus on practice in camp, and trying to be the best we can be in camp. I feel like just going out on the football field and having fun, we just have to make the most of it. You come to Michigan to play in big games like this. You come to Michigan to play on TV every game—so you got to suck it up and embrace it."
For the full video interview with Robinson from Media Day Sunday afternoon, click play below.