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Someone is going to have to step up in 2014 and fill the shoes of Allen Robinson.
Penn State's leading receiver the last two seasons, Robinson accounted for roughly 38 percent of the total receiving yards by Penn State receivers over that span. Last week, Robinson announced that he'll enter the 2014 NFL draft.
It's hard to think that any one player can step up and produce the way Robinson did for Penn State. In his absence, the Nittany Lions will have to find production from a variety of wide receivers.
Geno Lewis, Richy Anderson and Matt Zanellato will all be asked to step up next season. The three combined to catch only 35 passes for 398 yards and three scores this season—a far cry from the numbers that Robinson was able to put up.
Without a true No. 1 receiver, Penn State will have to spread the ball around a lot more than it has of late. Spring practice will be a critical time for quarterback Christian Hackenberg to try to identify a prime target.
On the recruiting trail, the Nittany Lions have three wide receivers committed to their 2014 class—Troy Apke, Chris Godwin and De'Andre Thompkins. Godwin and Thompkins—who both played in the Under Armour All-America Game last week—could see valuable playing time as true freshmen.
Right now though, making sure they're still planning on coming to Penn State is the bigger concern.