No one Penn State player is going to feel the effects of quarterback Matt McGloin’s departure more than Allen Robinson, the 2012 Big 10 Wide Receiver of the Year. The two combined to form one of the most dynamic passing duos in the nation last year, but were separated by the senior passer’s graduation.
With the 2013 campaign on the horizon, Robinson must prepare for life without McGloin under center. Instead of the underrated senior, he’ll instead catch passes from either a freshman or JUCO transfer. Not exactly an ideal situation for a young wide receiver on the verge of exploding his NFL stock.
Despite this apparent setback, Robinson shouldn’t have any trouble wreaking havoc on Big 10 secondaries again in 2013. Whether it is youngster Christian Hackenberg or transfer Tyler Ferguson throwing the ball his way, Robinson will find a plethora of ways to produce big numbers this upcoming season.
What really makes Robinson an elite receiver for Penn State is his ability to create separation in coverage. Whether it’s using his athleticism to get better positioning or his speed to fly down the field on a deep route, the Nittany Lions’ star receiver is a constant threat to go the distance. He routinely makes the first defender miss and has the rare body control that NFL offensive coordinators drool over.
Put simply, having Robinson out wide will make life so much easier for whichever inexperienced gunslinger is under center in 2013. When a receiver can get himself open and catch passes put anywhere in his general vicinity, even a raw quarterback can look like a seasoned veteran.
Some quarterbacks make their receivers better. In Robinson’s case, the receiver makes the quarterback better. Expect him to work the same magic on Hackenberg or Ferguson that made the McGloin-Robinson connection so special last year.