It’s been a great college football season full of great performances by teams and players and with that comes plenty of awards for teams and players to receive. Now of course most fans look forward to the Heisman Award every year but another college football award fans looks forward to is the Biletnikoff Award which is awarded to the most outstanding receiver of the college football season.
Now of course there are plenty of talented receivers every season but only certain receivers make the final list and only one receiver can win the award. According to USA Today, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award Finalists are Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) Mike Evans (Texas A&M) and Sammy Watkins (Clemson).
Now these three young men have all been outstanding this season and have the earned right to be on this list. However, I must say there is a key name missing from this list and that player is wide receiver Allen Robinson of Penn State.
Robinson is a Michigan Native who spent his high school career at Orchard Lake St Mary’s High School. In his senior season, he led them to a Division 3 state championship game, before taking his talents to Penn State.
Now keep in mind that Robinson didn’t just burst on the scene all of sudden this season. Last season as a sophomore he finished the season with 77 catches (a school record) 1,018 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. That outstanding performance earned him the 2012 Big Ten receiver of the year award along with 2012 first team all Big Ten honors and keep in mind that he did this after only having three receptions in his freshman year.
Then this season, Robinson has been even more amazing, despite the struggles of Penn State’s football team, it’s even to safe to say he is the deserving MVP of the Penn State Nittany Lions this season. Now the season isn’t over yet but he already has 1,310 receiving yards and six touchdowns. While has touchdown numbers may be down this season compared to last season, it hasn’t stopped him from being ranked No.3 in the nation in total receiving yards.
There is no reason that this young man shouldn’t be a finalist this season for the Biletnikoff Award. Now this is no disrespect to the three young men who made the finalist list, I am simply saying that Robinson should have made the cut. Some may say that Penn State hasn’t had great success this season so that’s why he isn’t on the list but let’s be honest, majority of their wins this season come from his impact. Believe it or not he is actually helping the development of freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg because he the primary option for Hackenberg in any situation including game winning moments. Then on top of that, he is a great team leader. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a Biletnikoff Award Finalist to me.
Robinson has also grown to be a top NFL Draft prospect if he does indeed decide to forego his senior season and enter the draft. My point being is that Robinson is an amazing receiver. I am not one to make un-realistic declarations but there could be a debate that Robinson is the best receiver ever to walk in Beaver Stadium. He has a great combination of hands, size, speed, and just pure athletic ability. He has a very high IQ and has shown the ability to be a leader to his team. He is an excellent red-zone threat with his great vertical ability and hands. When it comes to the open field he is even more of threat because he is hard to bring down after the catch and can be used in a variety of ways.
Now of course there are some cons in his game, like the fact he needs to get stronger but that doesn’t change the fact that he is an amazing receiver who is arguably the best player on the Penn State football team and arguably one of the top receivers in college football right now. Again let me reiterate that I have no problem with three young Biletnikoff Award Finalists, just saying that Robinson should have been on it, I’ll let you make your own opinion on who should have been taken off the list.
Written by LBeasley, Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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