Penn State University Nittany Lions
Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory High School
Penn State has more than lived up to their nickname "Linebacker University" ever since Joe Paterno took over the program in the 1960s. Never has the school been known for producing nationally recognized wide receivers. Ever since W.T. "Mother" Dunn, a center for the Nittany Lions 1906 team became the first player in school history to earn All-American honors, only two receivers at State College could boast that same honor.
Robinson has a knack for making things look easy on the football field. With great size, speed and strong hands, the Michigan native looked the part of a standout player during the offseason leading up to the 2012 campaign. Members of the team knew Robinson was on the brink of a breakout season when given the opportunity to contribute, but what he accomplished in each of his last two seasons have had the athletic department regularly rewriting the school record book.
Starting only 24 games during his time with the Nittany Lions, he ranks second in school history with 177 receptions, finishing third on the charts with 2,474 yards receiving and fourth with 17 touchdown catches. The flanker accomplished would go on to accomplish a very rare feat during his sophomore and junior seasons — reach 1,000 yards receiving each season. The only player to ever reach the 1,000-yard level before was Bobby Engram, who also accomplished that feat twice during his career (1993-95).
Robinson was instrumental in leading Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep to the Michigan Division III state championship game as a senior. Playing for head coach George Porritt, he caught 44 passes for 720 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and intercepted two passes. He also was captain of the basketball team.
Robinson was a teammate of Nittany Lion quarterback Rob Bolden at Orchard Lake St. Mary's. When the receiver arrived at Penn State in 2011, the coaches quickly realized that he is a big-framed receiver with great leaping ability as well as ball skills to take advantage of that height. He demonstrated very good hands and showed that he can make tough grabs whether he's going up high over a defender, or catching short passes with defenders all over his back. He also displayed good awareness around the sidelines. He's not a blazer though and is not a big threat after the catch, but he is physical athlete who will block.
After a quiet freshman season that limited Robinson to just one starting assignment, resulting in 29 yards on three catches, he was primed for a breakout season under head coach Bill O'Brien's pro-style passing attack in 2012. He would produce numbers that PSU fans had never witnessed before. Seeing significant action for the first time in his career in Week 1 vs. Ohio, Robinson busted onto the scene with nine catches for 97 yards in the high-octane newly installed offense.
With his confidence confirmed by the breakout season-opener, Robinson never looked back en route to racing into the record books during a dominant sophomore season. The awards piled up for the athletic and vastly talented sophomore, who was selected the 2012 Big Ten Conference Richter-Howard Receiver-of-the-Year and first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, media, BTN.com and ESPN.com.
The hard-working and dynamic Robinson shattered the Penn State season receptions record with 77 catches, besting the previous record of 63 held by the only All-American receivers in school history, O.J. McDuffie (1992) and Bobby Engram (1995). He also obliterated the season mark for a sophomore that had been held by Engram (48, 1993) and Deon Butler (48, 2006).
Robinson's 1,013 yards marked just the third 1,000-yard receiving season in school history, joining Engram (twice) as the only 1,000-yard season receivers to wear the blue and white. He led the Big Ten in catches, receptions per game, receiving yards and touchdown catches in 2012. His 11 touchdown grabs were tied for second-highest in a season at Penn State (Engram, 1995).
Robinson's 6-3 frame and leaping ability makes him a big target in the red zone, and he enters the year tied for ninth on the career touchdown receptions chart after two seasons.
The former Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep standout has breakaway speed and is elusive in the open field. He also is among the squad's most active members in community service activities.
Robinson again delivered a superb 2013 offseason in the strength and conditioning program and elevated his game to another level during spring practice. Robinson was the team leader in the spring with a 37-inch vertical jump. A prime candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top receiver, he went out and broke all of the receiving records he set in 2012 during his junior campaign.
He led the Big Ten and finished sixth in the nation with 1,432 yards and was ninth in the FBS with 97 receptions, both ranking fourth on the league season-record chart. There would be no encore for Robinson at Penn State in 2014, though. Shortly after his record-breaking 2013 campaign, Robinson announced he was leaving school to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
"It was a great honor to play at Penn State," stated Robinson. "I am blessed to have played with, and for, the people in the Penn State football program. This is a decision that I believe is best for my family and I, and I wish all the best to the University and all my teammates."
"We are very excited for Allen," said interim head coach Larry Johnson. "Allen has meant a great deal to our program at Penn State and we wish him all the best and continued success at the next level."
Robinson is Penn State's 98th first-team All-America selection all-time, but just the third receiver in the modern era to earn that honor. He is the 84th Penn State football student-athlete to earn first team All-America recognition, dating to W.T. (Mother) Dunn's selection to the Walter Camp All-America squad in 1906. Additionally, Robinson is the Nittany Lions' 24th first team All-American since starting Big Ten Conference competition in 1993 (28 total selections).
Robinson started 24 of 35 games he appeared in at Penn State, as the flanker caught 177 passes for 2,474 yards (13.98 ypc) and 17 touchdowns…Also gained 36 yards on six carries and recorded one solo tackle