Allen 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 off-season 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. Seeing significant action for the first time in his career in week one against Ohio, Robinson busted onto the scene with nine catches for 97 yards in the high-octane Bill O'Brien-led 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 wideout, who was selected the 2012 Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver-of-the-Year and first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, media, BTN.com and ESPN.com. A probable All-America candidate, the hard-working and dynamic Robinson shattered the Penn State season receptions record with 77 catches, besting the previous record of 63 held by All-Americans 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. Having made three catches for 29 yards as a freshman, Robinson 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 off-season 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. He should be a primary candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top receiver, and a significant contributor for the NIttany Lions the next two seasons. Robinson is joined by C.J. Olaniyan and Anthony Zettel as returning Nittany Lions from Michigan.
2012 (Sophomore Season)
Robinson started all 12 games at wide receiver and was selected the Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver-of-the-Year and first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, media, BTN.com and ESPN.com. A Biletnikoff Award candidate, he broke the Penn State season receptions record with 77 catches, shattering the previous mark of 63 shared by All-Americans O.J. McDuffie (1992) and Bobby Engram (1995). Robinson's 77 receptions also obliterated the Penn State sophomore season mark of 48 that had been held by Engram (1993) and Deon Butler (2006). His 1,013 yards marked just the third 1,000-yard receiving season in Penn State history as he joined Engram (twice) as the only 1,000-yard season receivers to wear the blue and white. Robinson also broke Freddie Scott's school sophomore season record of 973 yards set in 1994. Robinson led the Big Ten in catches (77), receptions per game (6.4), receiving yards (1,013, 84.8 avg.) and touchdown catches (11). His 66 points were second on the team and he hauled in 11 touchdown catches, tied for second-highest in a season at Penn State (Engram, 1995). He was second on the team with 1,013 all-purpose yards. Robinson opened the season with a then-career-best nine-catch effort for 97 yards against Ohio, smashing his total number of receptions (3 for 29 yards) from 2011. He followed with a career-high 10 catches for 89 yards at Virginia, including his first career touchdown grab on a diving 30-yard effort. Robinson recorded his first career 100-yard game with five receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-7 win over Navy, including a pair of 45-yard grabs. He led all players with nine catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the thrilling 39-28 win over No. 24 Northwestern. His eight-yard TD catch in the third quarter and a diving six-yard grab in back of the end zone on fourth down helped erase an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit in the comeback win against the Wildcats. Robinson made six catches with a touchdown in the 38-14 prime time win at Iowa, and he had five catches for 68 yards against Ohio State. His five catches at Purdue went for 58 yards, including a leaping 27-yard reception and run to set up a second-quarter score. In the clash at No. 18 Nebraska, Robinson posted his 63rd reception to move into a tie for first on the school season receptions chart and made a game-high six catches for 97 yards. Robinson delivered one of the top receiving efforts in school history with a career-high 197 yards on 10 catches and three touchdowns in the 45-22 victory over Indiana. His yardage total versus the Hoosiers ranked fifth on the school's game list and included a career-long 53-yard catch and run for a TD, Penn State's longest play from scrimmage in 2012. He also made leaping 26 and 10-yard catches in the end zone against Indiana. Robinson closed the season with four catches in the dramatic 24-21 Senior Day overtime win over Wisconsin.
2011 (Freshman Season)
Robinson was among four true freshmen to see action, making three catches for 29 yards over 12 games. In his second career game, Robinson caught his first career pass, good for 12 yards against No. 2 Alabama. He made one catch for eight yards in the win at Temple and one grab for nine yards against Nebraska. Robinson recorded his first career start at Wisconsin in the battle for the Big Ten Leaders Division title. He was on the field for 93 plays during his true freshman season, including a high of 14 against Eastern Michigan.
Robinson was instrumental in leading Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep to the Michigan Division 3 state championship game. Playing for Coach George Porritt, Robinson caught 44 passes for 720 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as a senior. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and intercepted two passes. Robinson also was captain of the basketball team.
Full name is Allen Bernard Robinson II. He is the son of Allen and Tracie Robinson and has a sister, Ashley. He enjoys video games and watching movies. He is a telecommunications major and is interested in a career as a sports broadcaster. Born August 24, 1993 in Detroit.