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Penn State Football: Allen Robinson on Fast Track for Biletnikoff Award

Penn State wide receive Allen Robinson continued his stellar season on Saturday against Indiana. Despite losing to the Hoosiers, Robinson had 12 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He began the season on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver, and should now be firmly planted near the top of the list.

Robinson, who saw regular playing time for the first time last season, ended the year as the Big Ten Conference’s top receiver. During that season, he caught 77 balls for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was that breakout season that put high expectations on Robinson for the 2013 season.

He’s off to an even better start this year, despite sitting out the first half of the season-opener against Syracuse due to a disciplinary reason.

Robinson is the best weapon on a young and talented Penn State offense and makes an excellent and reliable receiver for true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg.  He can take a short pass and turn it into a big gain with his play-making ability. He is also a legit deep threat who can take the top off a defense.

The junior is once again the top receiver in the Big Ten. He leads the conference with 38 catches for 621 yards and five touchdowns. Robinson is also near the top of the list for those categories nationally. He’s tied for seventh in receiving yards and tied for 13th in touchdowns.

What makes Robinson’s numbers so impressive is the fact that he draws all of the attention in the Penn State passing attack and spends a lot of his time getting double-teamed by defenses. His 38 receptions are more than double those of any other receiver on the team.

The Biletnikoff Award will not be handed out until the end of the season. Barring any slumps or setbacks, the Penn State wide receiver seems like a sure bet to be one of the finalists for the honor. If his production through five games is any indication, Robinson has a great chance to find his name at the top of the list come season’s end.

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