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.
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.