When the 2013 Preseason Maxwell Award Watch List was released this week, there was a glaring omission obvious to Penn State fans. Wide receiver Allen Robinson, who led the Big Ten in receiving a year ago, was nowhere to be found. The Maxwell Award is given annually to the best player in college football. The Nittany Lions were not shut out completely from the list, as running back Zach Zwinak did make it. However, Robinson should have been on it as well.
Last season, Robinson took full advantage of winning a starting spot. He quickly established himself as a dangerous offensive weapon, catching nine passes for 97 yards in the first game of 2012. He really made a name for himself in Week 3 against Navy, racking up 136 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Robinson finished 2012 with 77 catches, 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was clearly the top target in the Penn State passing attack.
Of course, Robinson’s successful 2012 campaign was aided by the fact that senior quarterback Matt McGloin flourished in head coach Bill O’Brien’s pro-style passing attack. McGloin led the Big Ten in passing yards and touchdowns. It can be assumed that Robinson was left off the Maxwell Award Watch List because of the unsettled quarterback situation that the Nittany Lions are currently dealing with. Two young, inexperienced players are battling to win the starting job.
Regardless of who is under center for the Nittany Lions, Robinson is still a talented receiver who will find a way to put up solid numbers. While being left off the list right now seems like a giant snub, don’t be surprised to see his name appear on it early in the season.
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