The next player on the list for our Jacksonville Jaguars player profile series is a player who has received a great amount of hype and attention this summer, wide receiver Allen Robinson.
Allen Robinson spent all three years of his college career at Penn State. Standing at 6’3″ weighing in at 210 pounds, Robinson has the ideal size for a wide receiver. His route running ability combined with his skill to make tough contested receptions and make defenders miss after the catch made him a very unique prospect. To fully detail how Allen Robinson became a high draft pick we must first review his time at Penn State.
Allen Robinson’s first year at Penn State wasn’t one to talk about. He only saw the field in 5 games as he spent the majority of his freshman season learning from the veterans on the roster. He finished the season with three receptions for 29 yards. However, despite not making an impact in his freshman season he came on very strong in his sophomore season. Robinson became one of the better play makers in college football in his second season, posting a career high 11 touchdowns. He finished the season with 77 receptions for 1,018 yards, he averaged an impressive 13.2 yards per catch. His 77 receptions were the most in a single season in Penn State history.
His two most impressive games of the 2011 season came against Navy and Indiana, he finished with five catches for 136 yards and three touchdowns against Navy. Robinson absolutely lit up the Indiana Hoosiers with 10 catches for a stellar 197 yards and three scores. Robinson’s achievements in his second season were recognized as he was named the Big Ten receiver of the year.
Allen Robinson entered his junior season with heavy expectations, he dominated the conference as a sophomore and he was expected to progress even more in his third season. Robinson did that and then some, finishing with a career high 97 receptions which shattered the previous record he set for most catches in a single season in school history. He didn’t stop there, Robinson also broke the school record in receiving yards . The crazy thing is, Robinson broke the school receiving record of 1,084 receiving yards in only the ninth game of the season. He finished the season with 97 catches for six touchdowns and 1,432 receiving yards. This would mean Robinson averaged roughly eight catches for 119 yards per game which is terrific. His stellar performance led to him being named an All American and he was the first player since 1985 to led the Big Ten in catches and receiving yards in back to back seasons.
Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) makes a catch during the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O
At the conclusion of his junior year, the two time Big Ten receiver of the year had a decision to make, should he attend college for his senior year or should he enter the NFL draft as a junior. Robinson decided to enter the draft and he was immediately deemed as a prospect that would be drafted in the first three rounds. In a surprise move the Jaguars traded into the second round to take Allen Robinson with the 61st overall pick after already selecting USC standout Marqise Lee in the same round.
Allen Robinson was now a part of a very young receiving core in Jacksonville but he made his presence known in his rookie season. Robinson built a solid connection with rookie quarterback Blake Bortles as he registered 48 catches for 584 and two touchdowns in the first ten games of the regular season. It seemed evident that Robinson would lead the Jaguars in receiving but a season ending foot injury only allowed him to play in 10 games thus not allowing him to be the teams leading receiver.
Robinson has been the talk of the Jaguars off season thus far, quarterback Blake Bortles said the wide out was unbelievable in mini camp and newly signed corner back Davon House compared Robinson to a “young Brandon Marshall“. He was recently named a breakout candidate by Fox Sports and by ESPN writer Mike DiRocco. It’s clear that many experts think Robinson could turn into a next level player in his second season and he will soon get the opportunity to show if he can live up to the expectations.
Be sure to look out for our player profile featuring Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, coming soon!
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