62°F

Prolific Pair Paces PSU

Quarterback and Wide Receiver Build Special Bond.
UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - Through three week's Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg's skills have been on full display.
He's already broken Nittany Lion freshman passing records and earned Big Ten rookie of the week honors twice.

One part of Hackenberg's success has been a quick chemistry developed with junior receiver Allen Robinson.
The returning Big Ten Receiver of the Year says he and his signal caller have put in a lot of work to get on the same page.

“He's definitely a really good young quarterback,” Robinson says of Hackenberg. “With us, it's just getting a lot of reps in practice and stuff. Just try to build chemistry with us.”

One area where Robinson has clearly helped Hackenberg is the receiver's versatility.
Robinson shines on both short possession routes and deep scoring threats.
 
“He's been very consistent - a great playmaker for us,” the true freshman QB says of his favorite target. “Get the ball in his hands and he can do a lot of things.”

Maybe the best example of just how in-tune this duo is comes from the end of the Central Florida game.
They both read the same goal line single coverage, leading to a touchdown throw and catch on a fade route to the corner of the end zone.  

“Christian tossed me up a good ball and I was able to make a play,” Robinson says of the score. “And I was able to come down with it.”
 
“I saw he was manned up, so I gave him a shot,” Hackenberg says. “Kid's got a 38 inch vertical, so I just gave him a shot.”

So far Hackenberg's given his top receiver plenty of shots.
Right now Robinson's on pace for 92 catches, more than 1600 receiving yards, and a dozen touchdowns this year.
All higher numbers than he had during a breakout 2012 season.
Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus