Penn State's Allen Robinson Has Chance To Get National Recognition

By Zach Morrison
Allen Robinson
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Allen Robinson is one of the top five wide receivers in the country. He currently ranks 17 in college football with 705 receiving yards, but keep in mind that the Penn State Nittany Lions have had two bye weeks already, so naturally his numbers are down a bit. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s probably because major media outlets like ESPN don’t seem to give Robinson the national attention he deserves.

After sitting out the first half against the Syracuse Orange in Week 1, Robinson started the second half and immediately became true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg’s favorite target. With a combination of great size, jumping ability (as seen in the picture above) and athleticism, Robinson is an extremely dangerous receiver.

The Nittany Lions are going to Columbus, Ohio to take on the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend as the prime-time game on ABC. This could be the week that Robinson makes the world recognize him for what he is — a top receiver in college football.

Robinson put on a show in the second half of the Nittany Lions’ game against the then undefeated Michigan Wolverines two weeks ago. He made a play that, if he were a quarterback, would have been his “Heisman Moment”, in which he jumped to catch a ball on the one yard line in the final seconds of the game to help the Nittany Lions finish a remarkable fourth-quarter comeback. The play I’m referring to is actually the play seen in the picture above.

Robinson will have to go against one of the nation’s top cornerbacks, Bradley Roby, which could make things difficult. However, great receivers make great plays against great defenses, right?

Hopefully Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien will look to get Hackenberg in a rhythm early on with short passes to his tight ends and screen passes to Robinson. This will be Hackenberg’s first true road test in a hostile environment. With all due respect to the Indiana Hoosiers, they aren’t exactly a “hostile environment”, even though the Nittany Lions got crushed in Bloomington.

In what will be the Nittany Lions’ first prime-time game of the year, it should be interesting to see how O’Brien’s true freshman quarterback handles his first game at the Horseshoe in Columbus. From what we’ve seen from Hackenberg, the kid has the stuff to be a great quarterback in college and in the NFL. He has shown tremendous poise and composure, especially in the fourth quarter of the game against the Wolverines. Anytime the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes play, it is a fun game to watch, so make sure to tune in on Saturday night.

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