Penn State: Is Allen Robinson the Best WR in America?
Between a subpar record, the postseason bowl ban and the depleted roster, the 2012 Penn State Nittany Lions don’t have too many things going for them.
However, there is a dirty little secret about this team: they may have the best wide receiver in the country.
That wide receiver is Allen Robinson.
Robinson, the 6-foot-3, 201-pound sophomore from Southfield, Mich. was high school teammates with former Penn State quarterback Robert Bolden. He was a three star recruit on Rivals, and was listed as the 108th best wide receiver in the nation on Scout.
His freshman year wasn’t exactly memorable, as caught three balls for 29 yards and no touchdowns while appearing in six of the Lions’ thirteen games.
This season has been quite different. Robinson has to be considered as one of, if not the, best receivers in the country.
Through three games, Robinson has eclipsed last season’s numbers, and then some. Robinson has racked up 322 yards on 24 receptions with four touchdowns.
As a reference, Penn State’s No. 1 receiver last year was Derek Moye. While he did miss two games last season due to injury, Moye accumulated 654 yards on 40 receptions with three touchdowns.
With numbers like that, Robinson has a legitimate case to become Penn State’s second winner of the Biletnikoff Award, annually given to the best wide receiver in the country.
Currently, Robinson is 5th in touchdowns, 6th in yards and 7th in receptions nationally. He is on pace for 96 receptions, 1,288 yards and 16 touchdowns.
While it’s still early and anything can happen, those numbers would almost certainly be among the best in the country.
Could he compete with receivers like USC’s Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, West Virginia’s Tavon Austin or Oklahoma’s Kenny Stills? That remains to be seen.
But as of right now, Robinson needs to be taken as a serious candidate for best wide receiver in the country.
UPDATE: Robinson has just been added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, according to scout.com.