Big Rapids, Mich. - Talented and hard-hitting defensive back Marvin Robinson, who completed his collegiate eligibility as a starter in Ferris State University's football secondary last fall, has been invited to compete and will take part in the 2014 College All-Star Bowl on Friday (Feb. 14) night in South Carolina.
Kickoff for the second annual game, which is now regarded as one of college football's top all-star games, is set for 6 p.m. (ET) at the newly-renovated Paladin Stadium on the campus of Furman University. It wil be televised live nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
The 6-5, 200-pound Robinson, who's a native of Winter Haven, Fla., is one of only a handful of non-NCAA Division I competitors invited to participate in the event. Robinson will be a member of the Nationals Team, which is guided by former national champion and Clemson coaching legend Danny Ford. The squad will square off against the Americans led by College Football Hall of Fame Head Coach Willie Jeffries of South Carolina State.
The contest will feature some of the top potential National Football League (NFL) draft prospects in the country and each team's coaching and mentor staff will also feature past NFL and collegiate stars. The teams were determined by a unique player draft conducted by each team's coaching staff and the bowl scouting department.
The purpose of the College All-Star Bowl is to showcase potential players to the NFL, provide an opportunity for players to display their skills in front of a large national TV audience, network with hundreds of business and community leaders for sponsorship purposes while also serving the community and various support groups.
Friday's contest will feature 54 players who earned all-conference accolades in 2013 along with 14 All-America performers, making it an attractive destination for NFL scouts. Robinson is one of only two players from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) to be invited along with Saginaw Valley State quarterback Jonathan Jennings.
The game will also include such Division I standouts as Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell and Missouri quarterback James Franklin among others.
An All-GLIAC First Team selection in 2013, Robinson made the most of his lone season as a Bulldog after transferring from the University of Michigan. The Bulldog safety led the team with 89 total tackles, which included 50 solo stops and became one of the league's most feared hitters in 2013. He also had an interception in the season opener at two-time defending FCS National Champion North Dakota State and finished with five pass breakups in the secondary.
His performance this past season helped Ferris State wrap up a successful 2013 campaign and the second season under head coach Tony Annese's direction with a 8-3 overall record along with a second-place 8-2 finish in the GLIAC North Division standings last fall.
FSU, which finished the year riding a four-game winning streak, narrowly missed receiving the school's first playoff bid in 17 years. The Bulldogs' eight-win campaign was the school's first since 2006 and only the second in the program's last 16 seasons.
Ferris State's eight league wins in 2013 were also its most since 1996 and the Bulldogs beat rival Grand Valley State for the second consecutive year to hold onto possession of the Anchor-Bone Trophy.
Before coming to Ferris State, Robinson appeared in 28 games for Michigan over his three-year career in Ann Arbor and racked up 28 tackles with a fumble recovery. In addition, the four-star recruit earned a start in Michigan's first-ever night game against Notre Dame in 2011 and played a valuable role for the Wolverines on special teams throughout his UM career.
More information and rosters for the 2014 College All Star Bowl can be found at www.collegeallstarbowl.com.