Penn State Football: Why Allen Robinson Will Repeat as Top WR in the B1G

Barry Leonard@@barryleonardjrAnalyst IIIApril 9, 2013

LINCON, NE - NOVEMBER 10: Wide receiver Allen Robinson #8 of the Penn State Nittany Lions pulls in a long pass reception over cornerback Andrew Green #11 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson had a breakout season in 2012. The sophomore led the Big Ten Conference with 1,013 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Though a monster season is sometimes hard to repeat, Robinson has the tools to once again be the best receiver in the conference.

Robinson enters the 2013 season confident and ready to build off his remarkable sophomore season. He will be a focal point of the Penn State offense and someone who the Nittany Lions will need to be a leader.

He's shown the ability to be both a playmaker and a downfield threat. Robinson can take the top off a defense or catch a short pass and turn it into a big play. With continued practice over the offseason, those skills will only improve.

There's no question that Robinson is talented—he clearly proved that last season. He will continue to be a favorite target in head coach Bill O'Brien's NFL-style passing attack.

The biggest question facing the Nittany Lions in 2013 is who's going to line up at quarterback when the season begins. A trio of inexperienced guys will all be battling to win the starting job.

Luckily for Robinson, O'Brien has already shown that his system can still thrive even when there's a change at quarterback.

In 2008, he was an offensive assistant for the New England Patriots, the basis for the system he now runs at Penn State.  That year, relative unknown Matt Cassel replaced an injured Tom Brady and threw for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Similar to that 2008 Patriots team, O'Brien's offense will rely on an inexperienced quarterback. Though Robinson will not have Matt McGloin throwing to him like last season, don't expect a steep decline in his numbers.

Opposing defenses will be looking for the talented receiver, but they will most likely cheat up in order to stop the Penn State rushing attack. Because defenses will make the new quarterback beat them, Robinson will have plenty of chances to make plays.

Despite the quarterback situation, Robinson has the talent to once again be the leading receiver in the Big Ten Conference.