PSU’s Robinson not a finalist for award

Penn State’s Allen Robinson was not named a finalist for the nation’s top receiver honor, the Biletnikoff Award, on Monday, although a former PSU player was named a finalist at his position.

Place-kicker Anthony Fera, who transferred to Texas last year, is one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award. Fera is 17-of-18 on field goals and has made 13 in a row for the Longhorns.

Robinson has set Penn State single-season records with 89 receptions for 1,310 yards and has six TDs, but that’s not enough to make him a Biletnikoff finalist. The three who were selected are: Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks (110 catches, 1,560 yards, 15 TDs), Texas A&M’s Mike Evans (61 catches, 1,314 yards, 12 TDs) and Clemson’s Sammy Watkins (78 catches, 1,144 yards, 10 TDs).

Robinson, a junior, is being projected as a late first- or early second-round NFL draft pick if he decides to give up his final year of eligibility with the Nittany Lions.

Hack honored

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week on Monday, the fourth time this season he’s received the award.

Hackenberg completed 16-of-33 passes for 217 yards, two TDs and one interception in the Lions’ 23-20 overtime loss to Nebraska on Saturday.

Hackenberg shares the weekly award with Indiana defensive tackle Raphael Green III.

Nebraska’s Pat Smith, who kicked the game-winning field goal against the Lions, was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week.