If you’ve been following our countdown and if you know anything about Penn State football, you can probably guess who the last two players on our countdown are. When Matt and I were deciding who to put first and who to put second, we had a slight disagreement. Regardless, both of these guys had very impressive breakout campaigns in 2012 and hopefully they can both get even better in 2013. And now, the number two player on our countdown: junior wide receiver Allen Robinson.
Robinson, who played in high school with former Nittany Lion Rob Bolden, came into Penn State as a very under-the-radar recruit. Robinson chose Penn State over Buffalo, Minnesota and Toledo, and Penn State fans should definitely give credit to the previous staff for getting him to come to Happy Valley.
After playing sparingly in 2011, Robinson was named a starter for the 2012 opener against Ohio. Robinson took full advantage of that first start and hauled in nine catches for 97 yards. He never looked back and went on to win the 2012 Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year award, which goes to the best wide receiver in the Big Ten. The Michigan native broke various Penn State receiving records and had two separate games with three receiving touchdowns, as well as two games with double digit receptions.
Robinson came up with so many clutch plays last season and he developed great chemistry with Matt McGloin as the season progressed. It’s a shame that McGloin doesn’t have another year at Penn State because watching those two together on a football field was something special. Coming into the 2013 season, Robinson is being regarded by many as one of the top wide receivers in the country. With an inexperienced quarterback guaranteed to be under center in 2013, having someone like Robinson catching passes should make Tyler Ferguson’s or Christian Hackenberg’s job a lot easier.
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