A lot of attention has been paid to the way the Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien has developed quarterbacks under his tutelage. Many are expecting even bigger things from his signal caller in 2013, no matter who it ends up being. But whoever wins the job as quarterback for Penn State will need someone to throw to, meaning junior wide receiver Allen Robinson is poised for a star-making season next fall.
Last year, Robinson was far and away the best receiver on the Penn State roster. He finished the year with 77 catches for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. No other PSU receiver finished with more than 36 catches or more than 453 yards (both courtesy of Penn State’s No. 2 receiver, Kyle Carter). He was the clear go-to guy for former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin and figures to slide right into the favorite role once again with next season’s quarterback.
His 1,000-yard sophomore campaign put him onto people’s radars, no doubt, but he still has plenty of room to ascend as one of college football’s premier pass-catchers. Phil Steele named Robinson to his third-team preseason All-American team as one of only two pass catcher from the Big Ten to make the list. While his conference isn’t known for high-volume passing offenses that produce playmaking receivers, he is showing that he can break that mold.
Robinson’s excellent performance in 2012 was just a warm-up for what he is capable of. How high can his star rise in 2013 and will he take the Penn State offense over the top with him?