Trenton Robinson couldn’t sleep very well last night. He tossed. He turned. He just couldn’t get his mind off of what was about to unfold – a three-day rookie minicamp at San Francisco 49ers headquarters that would signal the start of his career in the National Football League.
“I couldn’t wait to get out there,” said the team’s sixth-round selection No. 180 overall. “Last night, I really couldn’t sleep.”
If the Michigan State safety felt sluggish the night before, he certainly didn’t show it in the first of two rookie minicamp sessions held on Friday. With one of the first drills being a kickoff period, Robinson, the 5-foot-10, 195 pounder looked impressive while covering kicks.
“For me, I’ve just wanted to get back to this, get back into the flow of things,” said the two-time All-Big Ten honoree. “It’s been hard, but we’re back now, so it’s good.”
Robinson said he’s got plenty of work left to do, mostly getting an understanding of Vic Fangio’s entire defense. It’s killing Robinson not fully knowing the playbook.
At Michigan State, Robinson took extreme pride in lining up his fellow defensive teammates and understanding the complete defensive playbook.
“I knew our defense in and out, knew what was going on all the time,” Robinson explained. “It’s a transition when you get into a new system. You’ve got to learn what you need to do on every single play.”
Robinson knows he has more studying to do, but for now he takes satisfaction that he’s surrounded by great people, including Michigan State tight end Garrett Celek, an undrafted free agent picked up by San Francisco.
“It’s a great feeling,” Robinson said. “If I want to talk somebody, I’m comfortable with him, he’s a Spartan dog. Also, the rest of the guys who I’ve been meeting out here have been pretty good guys, stand-up guys. We all have the same dream so we’re not getting in anyone’s way of making their dream come true.”
For undrafted players like Celek, having any type of added comfort while competing for a roster spot is certainly welcomed.
“I came in nervous because I don’t know anybody right away but Trent,” shared Celek, who started 12 games for the Spartans and caught 14 passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns. “We’re good buddies, so it made the transition really easy.”
The Spartan duo will look to lean on each other throughout the weekend with four more practices still left on the schedule.
“They’re throwing a lot of stuff at us really fast, it’s hard, but I enjoy football,” Celek added. “Just being around everybody all the players and the coaches, it’s a real good time.”
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