Michigan reserves Marvin Robinson, Mike Jones no longer with team

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Michigan safety Marvin Robinson (above, No. 3) and linebacker Mike Jones have the left the team. (USATSI)
Michigan safety Marvin Robinson (above, No. 3) and linebacker Mike Jones have left the team. (USATSI)

Two more Michigan football players have left the program, adding to the recent exodus from the Wolverine football program.

A school spokesman confirmed to the Detroit Free Press on Monday that safety Marvin Robinson and linebacker Mike Jones, both seniors, are no longer with the team. The two players join linebacker Kaleb Ringer, who officially left the program last week, to bring the total offseason departure count to eight players.

Robinson was in the mix to replace All-Big Ten safety Jordan Kovacs in the starting lineup. But by the end of spring practice, it appeared the coaches were favoring sophomore Jarrod Wilson for the safety spot opposite returning starter Thomas Gordon.

Robinson appeared in 28 games during his Michigan career, recording nine tackles in each of his last two seasons. Jones played on special teams in all 13 games in 2012 but failed to break into the rotation at the linebacker position.

Eight offseason departures might seem concerning in some cases, but Michigan fans should not be too worried by these recent personnel developments. Most of the players who have left Ann Arbor were no longer in the mix to contend for starting jobs due to the young talent brought in by Brady Hoke over the last three seasons. Such roster turnover is typical during a coaching transition, even if these exits have happened a few years into Hoke's tenure.

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