Q & A With Mike Robinson
Senior goalkeeper looks to lead the Spartan men's soccer team into the NCAA Tournament.
Sept. 18, 2003
EAST LANSING, Mich. - - Q: How do you prepare for games, and handle the pressure of being the goalkeeper?
A: There is a routine all the goalies go through every game. It warms me up and settles me down. I don't really feel the pressure. Forwards have to score and I just have to stop shots. That's just how it is.
Q: Coming out of high school what were your expectations for your college career?
A: I didn't really know. I just wanted to contribute any way I could.
Q: Being the starting goalkeeper in 2001, and losing the job to Tyler Robinson in 2002, how did that motivate you to prepare for this season?
A: I think it helped me a lot. It was a unique situation. Tyler and I were best friends, so we always helped each other out, and he had a great season last year.
Q: Do you think you are a better goalkeeper now?
A: Definitely, it forced me to be tougher on myself.
Q: Do you see yourself as a leader?
A: Yes, because I am a fifth-year senior. I've been here for a long time.
Q: In your five years here what is the most talented MSU team you've played on?
A: This year's team for sure. We have so much talent.
Q: What separates the 2003-04 team from the rest?
A: We are just deeper than other teams I've played on. At every position we have solid guys on the bench.
Q: What are your goals for this season?
A: We have to shoot for a Big Ten Championship. It has never been done before at MSU, and it would be great to do it my senior year. We also need to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
Q: How difficult has it been for you to balance athletics and academics at a large Big Ten school like Michigan State?
A: MSU is a tough school academically. But, if you put your time in, it's not that hard to keep up with classes.
Q: How much have the student-athlete facilities helped to stay on top of school?
A: The facilities here are amazing. The resources and staff at the (Clara Bell) Smith Center definitely help me out.
Q: Soccer and school take up a lot of your time, however what is your favorite MSU sport to watch?
A: Football. Unfortunately, because of our schedule I haven't made it to a game this year, but I'm going to be able to catch a few for sure.
Q: Who is your favorite student-athlete to watch?
A: Charles Rogers was amazing. I'm not sure now, I need to see a few games.
Q: After games (or practices) how do you usually relax?
A: I go home and take a load off my feet and just lie down and listen to music for a while.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of soccer?
A: I love to golf. Besides that, just listening to music and hanging out with friends.
Q: What are your plans after Michigan State?
A: I'm not quite sure yet. I will graduate in the spring, but I'm not in a big hurry to leave State.