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Penn State Nittany Lions: Allen Robinson Closing in on Historic Numbers

Penn State’s Allen Robinson has already had a fantastic career. Now, with just one game remaining in his junior season, the wide receiver has a chance to reach some historic numbers. Though this is just his second season as a starter, he has already cemented himself as one of the best receiver in Penn State history.

Before last year, he had just three catches in his Penn State career. Last season, Robinson exploded onto the scene and finished as the top receiver in the Big Ten, catching 77 passes for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was the go-to target for former Penn State quarterback Matthew McGloin who is now a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Although McGloin moved on after last year, Robinson hasn’t missed a beat. He is now the favorite weapon of freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg. This season, he’s already passed his totals for receptions and yards from 2012. With one game left, Robinson has 89 catches for 1,310 yards and six touchdowns. He has also gone over 100 yards in seven games.

Though he hasn’t found the end zone as much, Robinson’s season has put him in a position to set some records this week at Wisconsin.

With 11 catches against the Badgers, Robinson would become just the third receiver ever in the Big Ten to grab 100 receptions in a season. While that number seems high for a single game, it’s more than obtainable. Robinson has made 11 or more catches in three different games this season. His career-high for a single game is 12, which came in a blowout loss at Ohio State in October.

Robinson also has a shot at tying or setting the Penn State record for career receptions. Former wide receiver Deion Butler sits atop that list with 179. Robinson has 169 heading into this week, putting the record within reach.

Of course, as a junior, Robinson has another season to obliterate the career receptions record. However, it’s highly likely that this Saturday will mark his last game in a Penn State uniform. Though there’s been no official statements from Robinson or Penn State, the talented receiver seems to have all the tools that will make him a sure draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Regardless if Saturday is his last college game or not, Robinson is a great receiver who has a chance to write his name in the record books when the Nittany Lions wrap up their season in Wisconsin.

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