Penn St WR Robinson off to blistering start
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Allen Robinson is off to a blistering start as Penn State's new featured receiver.
He has stepped up after candidates who were supposed to assume that role — seniors Justin Brown and Devon Smith — left Penn State in the offseason.
Robinson caught five passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-7 win Saturday over Navy.
Through three games, Robinson has caught 24 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns. He's halfway to the Penn State sophomore receiving record of 48 set held by Bobby Engram (1993) and Deon Butler (2006).
Robinson said the groundwork for his hot start was laid out in the offseason.
"In the summer and spring, me and Matt worked a lot to get some chemistry together because I know last year I wasn't on the field that much," he said.
"Once coach (Bill) O'Brien named me as one of the starters in the spring, we tried to build a better rapport with each other so we could have a big year. "
MAKING THE SWITCH: Following the 17-16 loss to Virginia in Week 2, O'Brien revealed that Paul Jones would be switching from quarterback to tight end.
On Saturday against Navy, Jones made his debut at his new spot with one catch for seven yards.
"It felt real good. Me and (quarterback Matt) McGloin joked around," Jones said. "He said, 'You only had one catch.' I said, 'You have to start somewhere.'"
"It was way more than I expected to get when I first came to campus. It felt good to be out there playing with my brothers."
Jones said his position switch came as a result of another joke with O'Brien, former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.
"We were watching Patriots film and (tight end) Aaron Hernandez caught a lot of balls. I said, 'Hey, coach, that's me,' just joking around," he recalled.
"We just had a talk and he said I should try it. I said, 'All right, whatever, I'll try it.' Then, I kind of didn't want to for (90 minutes) and I talked to him some more and I said, 'OK, I'll do it.'"
That all transpired, Jones said, the week after the home opener against Ohio.