Last season, the Penn State Nittany Lions surpassed most expectations and won eight games. Much of the success can be attributed to breakout performances of individuals on offense. One of those was wide receiver Allen Robinson, who put together a fantastic season and led the Big Ten Conference in receiving. This year, he will put up even bigger numbers in the Penn State offense.
The Nittany Lions have several targets in the passing attack. Rather than hinder Robinson’s numbers, it will actually help. It will be tough for defenses to key in on him, making him a threat to exploit one-on-one matchups and put up big numbers.
Robinson will likely be paired against each team’s best defender. However, with weapons like Kyle Carter, Brandon Moseby-Felder and Jesse James in the passing attack, double-teaming Robinson could be a risk for opposing defenses.
Robinson has already shown the ability to be a legitimate top receiver at the collegiate level. Last year, he made a school-record 77 catches and racked up 1,013 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Although head coach Bill O’Brien has yet to decide on a starting quarterback between Tyler Ferguson and Christian Hackenberg, Robinson shouldn’t worry about a drop in production. He will still see plenty of targets in a Penn State passing offense that is capable of putting up solid numbers.
Aside from the other weapons around him in the passing game, the Nittany Lions also have a solid rushing attack. Zach Zwinak, who rushed for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns last season, will lead the team out of the backfield. Former starter Bill Belton and newcomer Akeel Lynch will ensure that defenses have to be honest and respect the Penn State run game.
The Nittany Lions are loaded with experience on offense. Defenses will have to plan for several different weapons and won’t be able to focus on just one guy. That bodes well for Robinson, as he’ll have plenty of opportunities to exceed his production from last season.