Over the last decade, Penn State fans have had the privilege of watching some of the finest receivers in school history pass through Beaver Stadium.
Guys like Deon Butler, Derrick Williams and Jordan Norwood helped make the "Spread HD" offense a dangerous passing game. After that trio moved on, Derek Moye spent the next three years chasing them in the record books before landing in the NFL.
The torch has been passed to Allen Robinson, and he is setting the bar at a new level.
Over the last 12 months, the emergence of Robinson as a terrific receiver has been fun to watch. It appears that he is now making the transformation from great to elite, right before our eyes.
"A-Rob" had his third straight 100-yard receiving game on Saturday, giving him 405 yards on the season. That's good enough for fourth most in the country, per ESPN.com. He is also tied for ninth in receptions with 23. While the competition will get better and his current rate will be nearly impossible to maintain, Robinson is on pace for over 1,600 yards.
In comparison, the explosive Butler never had more than 691 yards in a season.
Even Bobby Engram, Penn State's all time leading receiver, maxed out with a 1,084 yard season in 1995.
Aside from his raw athleticism, size and speed, Robinson is benefiting from playing under a proven coach in Stan Hixon. Hixon has coached guys like Josh Reed and Michael Clayton at LSU before moving on to the NFL where he helped Stevie Johnson and David Nelson with the Bills.
In addition to the mentoring he is receiving, Robinson has a quarterback in Christian Hackenberg who can make all the throws and looks for Allen on nearly every play. Through three games, the two of them have hooked up for five plays of 40 yards or more. It's worth mentioning that those were the first three games of Hackenberg's career, which would indicate that this combo will get even better before the end of the 2013 season.
Penn State fans would be wise to enjoy this season of dominance from Robinson. Currently in his third season, he will be eligible for the NFL Draft this spring and shouldn't be faulted for considering it. At 6'3" and possessing terrific hands, Robinson may very well be projected as a first or second-round pick, at which time it makes little sense to play another year of college football.
All stats provided by sports-reference.com unless otherwise noted.
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