Are you on the Allen Robinson bandwagon yet? You should be. He’s doing things as a true sophomore that already have us thinking about the all-time receptions leader, Deon Butler, and the all-time yardage and touchdown king, Bobby Engram.
Through three games, ARob has 24 catches for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns. He leads the Big Ten in receptions (by 6), receiving yards (by 89) and he’s tied for the B1G lead in touchdown grabs. Even more impressive than his B1G domination thus far is how his numbers compare to the nation’s best receivers. Marquis Lee will leave USC as the greatest Trojan receiver ever and ARob is 5 catches and 31 yards behind him with just as many scores. He and Western Michigan freshman Jaime Wilson are the only underclassmen in the top 10 in passing yards that did make at least 20 catches and 2 scores a year ago.
Bill O’Brien desperately needed ARob to quickly become the receiver he thought he was capable of becoming after PSU lost their three top pass catchers from last season, and ARob has already bettered Derek Moye, Justin Brown and Devon Smith. Hell, his super hot start is the best Happy Valley has seen since the Smurfs left.
A Lion hasn’t started a season with 4 touchdowns through three games since Jordan Norwood did it back in ’08 – he grabbed 17 passes for 303 yards and 4 scores – and the 136 yards ARob put up against Navy is the most by a sophomore since Butler set the PSU record with an insane 216 against Northwestern back in ’06. The TD hat trick that ARob completed against Navy was the first time a PSU receiver caught 3 touchdowns in a game since ’09 – all three Smurfs (Butler, Williams, Norwood) accomplished that feat only one time between the three of them.
Engram is the greatest wider receiver Penn State has ever known and ARob is on pace to shatter Engram’s season bests. As a senior way back in 1995, Engram caught 63 passes for 1,084 yards – both are PSU records. Right now, ARob is on pace for 96 catches and 1,287 yards. Pretty crazy, right? Once Bill Belton is healthy, ARob’s numbers will drop a bit but he could still become only the second Lion to ever post a 1,000 season – at least break the 973-yard sophomore record. ARob is still Matt McGloin’s favorite target so while ARob’s TD and yardage numbers could take a hit, his targets should still be near double digits every game – even more so is receivers keep leaving…just kidding…but not really.
This kid is only a sophomore and with the way BOB has talked about him and with PSU’s track record with athletes, there’s no reason to think that ARob won’t be snagging passes for two more years after this season. ARob’s still got a long way to go to join the PSU record books but man is he off to a damn good start.