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Penn State: Replacing Allen Robinson at Wide Receiver

July 20, 2014 • John Ulecka • Front Page, Penn State Football

New Penn State University head football coach James Franklin has a tough task this season, as record-shattering wideout Allen Robinson has moved on to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Robinson, 20, put together two tremendous seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards and was a First Team All-American in 2013. At 6’3″ and 220 pounds, Robinson was a huge asset to the Nittany Lions passing attack last season.

Luckily the Nittany Lions have a number of options at the wide receiver position with Geno Lewis (sophomore), Matt Zanellato (junior), De’Andre Thompkins (freshman), DaeSean Hamilton (sophomore) and Chris Godwin (freshman).

My feeling is Geno Lewis will capture the spotlight during summer practices. Lewis had 18 catches, 234 yards and three touchdowns as a redshirt freshman in 2013. Lewis thrived during the end of the year and his size, along with his comfort with quarterback Christian Hackenberg, will be key to his success this season.

Lewis accompanies a freshmen group reminiscent of the 2005 season (Derrick Williams, Deon Butler, Jordan Norwood and Justin King). It will be a different offense than Bill O’Brien’s, that’s for sure, but Franklin will certainly let it fly and Lewis will be a focal point in the PSU offense this upcoming year.

Photo: Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports

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