The news has not been very positive for Penn State fans the last few days. First, head coach Bill O’Brien left the school and returned to the NFL to take the head coaching job with the Houston Texans. On Thursday, news came that Penn State’s top receiver over the past two seasons, Allen Robinson, is headed to the NFL Draft. Robinson tweeted out his feelings on his opportunity at the school on Thursday.
It was a honor to wear a penn state uniform for 3 years. I will miss my teammates and coaches, blessed for the opportunity and experience!
— Allen Robinson (@Djjango8) January 2, 2014
Current Penn State interim coach Larry Johnson sent out his well-wishes for Robinson.
We will soon have another Nittany Lion to watch on Sundays! Best wishes to the talented Allen Robinson as he enters the @NFL Draft.
— Larry A. Johnson (@RushmenPSU) January 2, 2014
Robinson leaves the school as one of the best receivers in its history. His 177 career catches put him second in school history. He ranks third in receiving yards with 2,479. He set a new school record in 2013 with eight games in which he had over 100 yards receiving. Robinson won the Big Ten Receiver of the Year award two years in a row.
In 2013, Robinson set single-season records at the school with his 97 receptions and 1,432 receiving yards.
This news should not come as a surprise, as draft experts have listed the junior receiver as a first-round prospect for much of the year. His size and jumping ability make him attractive to any NFL team. Robinson had stated earlier that he planed to announce his future plans after the Christmas break.
Robinson will be remembered at Penn State for his big-play capability and his ability to seemingly go up as high as needed to bring the football out of mid-air. Perhaps the most memorable play of the entire 2013 season for Penn State was Robinson’s leaping sideline-catch on the goal line near the end of regulation against the undefeated Michigan Wolverines. That play set up the game-tying touchdown, and the Nittany Lions went on to win in four overtimes.
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