Penn State Football: Robinson Ready For His Latest Challenge In Bradley Roby
Allen Robinson had his hat pulled low over his brow as he answered questions following Penn State's 43-40 overtime victory over Michigan. Robinson, who made two nearly impossible receptions in the final minute of play to help tie the game was calm as could be speaking to reporters after the game's fourth overtime ended.
While stereotypical superstar players can be loud spotlight seekers, Robinson is quiet and fairly low key. If you didn't know he was one of the best receivers in the nation you wouldn't guess it considering his calm demeanor.
But when you ask him about his mentality when it comes to big plays and the big stage, his answer would be cliche if he didn't really believe it.
"Big time players make big time plays," He said from under his hat.
Robinson will need to be on his game once again as the Nittany Lions look to upset the No. 4 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend. He'll be matched up against Bradley Roby, one of the nation's top cornerbacks. It'll be a test for both players who could some day find themselves lining up across from one another in the NFL.
“They’re hard-nosed corners,” Robinson said of Ohio State’s defensive backs. “They’re definitely an aggressive group. They’re one of the better secondaries we’ve played so far.”
"Roby is definitely one of the better cornerbacks in our league so it's definitely going to be a challenge, but as a receiver, you kind of get excited to play."
"We had to stay focused, we had to string plays together down the stretch to give ourselves a shot," he said. "It helps us going into a game like this, knowing we can string plays together when we need them in a big-game situation and a gotta-have-it situation."
Even with Roby's skills in mind, he hasn't been perfect this season. Against Wisconsin, Roby gave up a few big plays while in man-to-man coverage and was ejected in the first half of Ohio State's game against Iowa for a helmet-to-helmet hit. While there is little doubt about Roby's talent, he hasn't had the best year.
“I think he set a high standard (last year),” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s not playing at the same level as he did a year ago. At times he plays fantastic. When there’s a mistake at the corner position it’s glaring.”
Penn State will still need to be wary of Roby though. He'll spend as much time reading the eyes of freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg as he will spend covering Robinson. One false move and the Nittany Lion offense could be playing defense as Roby runs the other way with an interception.
"He's got a knack for making sure that he makes a play on the ball just from his film study." Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said of Roby. "You can tell he studies film. So he's very challenging guy to go against."