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Michael Robinson

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 227 | College: Penn State
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Robinson is a multi-talented athlete who came into his own as a quarterback during his senior year. While some pro teams are impressed with his strong arm and developing talent behind center, quite a few other teams feel that his running ability and quickness might be better suited for halfback at the pro level. Robinson also has experience as a receiver and shows the natural hands to excel at that position. He even proved earlier in his career that he could provide additional value on the punt return and special teams coverage units.

At Varina High School, Robinson was superb as a four-year starting quarterback. He was a two-time Associated Press first-team All-State selection and a three-time member of the Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro team. Following his senior season, Robinson was chosen the Richmond Times-Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year and the district and regional Player of the Year. He also was named a Times-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete and rated by Super Prep as the third-best athlete in the nation during his senior season.

Robinson led the team to four consecutive regional titles and two state runner-up finishes. He rushed for a remarkable 3,046 yards on 371 carries, an 8.2-yard average, and 37 touchdowns. He also passed for 2,409 yards in his career. As a senior, he accounted for a huge portion of the team's total offense, passing for 1,056 yards and rushing for 1,281 more, scoring 15 total touchdowns. A two-year team captain, he totaled 211 career tackles, 18 interceptions and 13 sacks as a safety. He also participated in the sprints for the track and field squad.

Robinson redshirted in 2001 as a quarterback at Penn State. In 2002, he shifted around the offensive set from quarterback to running back, slot and wide receiver to utilize his talents. Robinson showed great running ability and helped spark the diversified Penn State offense. He carried the ball in all but one game and finished second on the team with 263 yards and six touchdowns on 50 carries (5.3 avg). He also caught nine passes for 44 yards and completed 10 of 17 passes for 119 yards and an interception.

Robinson started three games at quarterback and saw significant action under center in 2003. He made major progress during his sophomore campaign, completing 62 of 138 passes for 892 yards, with five touchdowns and five interceptions. He again finished second on the team in rushing with 396 yards and three touchdowns on 107 carries (3.7 avg). Robinson also caught ten passes for 100 yards, added 18 yards on two punt returns and finished second on the team with 1,288 yards of total offense.

Robinson was the starting quarterback in three games during the 2004 season, but did most of his work at receiver, leading the team with 485 yards and three touchdowns on 33 catches. He completed 14 of 39 pass attempts for 170 yards, a touchdown and five interceptions, finishing his third consecutive season among Penn State's top three in rushing (third with 49 carries for 172 yards) and top four in all-purpose yards (second with 657).

Firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback for the 2005 campaign, Robinson was named Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches. He hit on 162 of 311 passes for 2,350 yards, with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ranked second on the team in rushing for the third time in his career, collecting 806 yards with eleven scores on 163 carries (4.9 avg). He participated in 474 plays, gaining 3,156 yards in total offense.

In 44 games with the Nittany Lions, Robinson started 28 times. He completed 248 of 505 passes (49.1 percent) for 3,531 yards, 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. His 3,531 passing yards rank ninth on the school's career-record list. He gained 1,637 yards with 20 scores on 369 carries (4.4 avg), shattering the PSU all-time record for rushing yardage and touchdown runs by a quarterback. He caught 52 passes for 629 yards (12.1 avg) and three scores. Robinson participated in 874 plays, amassing 5,168 yards in total offense, becoming the fifth player in school history to gain over 5,000 yards in total offense during a career.


Positives: (QB) -- Has a strong arm with good touch working in the short area … Quick to set his feet and drop back from center to get to his throwing point … Can throw into the seam with good zip … Shows improved judgment on route progression reads and fine poise standing tall in the pocket … Has control of the offense and wants the ball in pressure situations … Puts the ball where receivers can catch it on short and underneath tosses … Has the slide agility to step up and buy time under a fierce pass rush … Shows improved timing on routes and gets the ball out quicker than he did in the past … Good scrambler who squares his shoulders on contact and has the strength to break tackles.

(HB/WR) -- Quick out of his stance, doing a better job of staying low in his pads to break tackles … Runs with good vision and is patient waiting for blocks to develop … Has the spin moves needed to make the initial tackler miss … Quick to bounce outside, displaying the second gear to get into the second level … Has an explosive burst coming out of his cuts and can run through arm tackles … Has natural hands and good extension going up for the pass at its high point … Shows good cutting ability breaking off his routes … Works hard to find ways to get open after catching the ball … More effective as a cut blocker, as he has the hip snap to redirect and the power to neutralize linebackers when blocking in space.

Negatives: (QB) -- Plays with good balance in the pocket, but tends to throw off his back foot too much when flushed out (loses velocity and accuracy on these throws) … Has a good over-the-top delivery, but when throwing from the outside hashes, he will sometimes revert to a three-quarter sidearm slot … Has good field vision, but will force his throws when pressured (better from the inside hash ? needs work with his vertical game) … Needs to get the ball away quicker, but did show better route progression read ability as a senior … Does not get rattled, but will try to squeeze the ball through the short windows too much.

(HB/WR) -- Needs to run at a lower pad level (did that in 2005, but got too high in his stance in the past) … Ball security issues are a major concern, as he carries the ball in the wrong hand too often and leaves it exposed, resulting in thirteen fumbles in 2005 … Likes to bounce outside a lot, especially on draw plays, but sometimes plays into the defense when he fails to generate the second gear needed to escape … Has deceptive speed, but will not win too many foot races going long distances … Has the power to create when the rush lane is clogged, but is more of the type to take what he can get and try to run over the defender rather than elude … Better cut blocker, as he will face up when working in-line, but does not stay active with his hands long enough to sustain … Has natural hands to catch the ball, but will let it get into his body rather than extend his hands away from the frame.

Robinson is one of the most versatile athletes to ever wear a Nittany Lions uniform, having played quarterback, halfback, slot receiver, flanker, split end and punt returner. He is an excellent field leader who received serious consideration for team captain honors as a freshman. He has a quick, angular frame with excellent lateral agility, good bubble, thick thighs and calves, impressive upper body muscle definition, a strong throwing arm and a quick second gear as a runner.

Robinson is the type of athlete whose arm strength and foot speed forces the defense to account for him on every play. He shows explosive acceleration through the rush lanes and a natural running style with loose hips to escape from the initial tackler. He is a smart and instinctive signal caller with a great team-first attitude.

Robinson shows good quickness dropping back from center to get to his pass point. He plays with above average balance and is very nimble and agile rolling out of the pocket. He carries the ball chest high and shows good accuracy, whether coming over the top or with a three-quarter delivery. He throws a tight spiral in the short-to-intermediate areas, demonstrating a quick release with a nice spin on his throws.

Robinson is effective generating zip on the deep out and comeback passes. He can throw a rope 30 yards down field and has enough strength to go longer distances, but needs to plant his feet better on long throws (when he throws off the back foot, his long tosses tend to sail). He needs to work on his vertical game, but shows enough arm strength. He looks more comfortable throwing inside the hashes, doing a nice job of putting the ball where the receiver can catch it in the short area, knowing how to zip the ball into tight coverage and away from the defender.

He has the strength to be functional on deep throws, but needs to step into those passes and air it out better. In 2005, he demonstrated a better ability to put the ball on the outside shoulder and hit the receivers coming out of their breaks than he ever did before, possibly due to the mentoring he has received from Galen Hall, a well-known coach with a great pedigree in unearthing quarterback talent.

Robinson developed better poise in the pocket as a senior. He stood tall under the pass rush and as the season progressed and his confidence continued to grow, he became more vocal in the huddle and relished having the ball in pressure situations. He shows good courage stepping up and out to avoid the pass rush and has more than enough strength to break tackles. He demonstrated the ability to lay the ball where the receiver did not have to adjust when throwing short and it was very rare to see him get rattled.

He developed a good feel for the receivers, showing good progression route read ability to locate his secondary targets. There were times when he needed to get the ball out quicker, but his timing improved as he gained more experience and reps throughout the 2005 season. Robinson also became more confident in his ability to slide and elude, which allowed him to get the ball away quicker than in the past (used to hold on to the ball too long). He squares his shoulders properly on delivery and while it is still a work in progress, he also showed improvement throwing on the move (but his velocity and accuracy tailed off some).

Because of his outstanding running ability and minimal starting time as a quarterback, some pro teams feel that Robinson is destined to move to tailback or receiver at the next level. He runs with excellent field vision and is not the type who will get impatient waiting for blocks to develop. He sees things develop quickly and has the awareness to hit the creases and is also an instinctive runner after the catch. His ability to set up and use his blocks is the result of his creativity and avoidance skills.

In the past, Robinson demonstrated the leg drive and strength to break tackles when running between the tackles, but would get too high in his stance. He now runs at a lower pad level, keeping his shoulders square upon contact. He is creative due to his pick-and-slide agility and proved to be very dangerous on draw plays. His lower body power allows him to squeeze through tight quarters and his strength lets him break tackles and carry defenders on contact. He runs with good urgency and has a quick spin move to break free from the initial hit.

When flushed out of the pocket, Robinson showed a quick burst and second gear to get into the second level. He was very effective when bouncing outside, but while he has a good sudden burst, he will have to improve his overall speed in order to win foot races going long distances at the next level. Still, he has a very good feel for the cut back and enough acceleration to turn the corner.

His vision and instincts make tacklers miss and he is good at improvising when the rush lanes are not there. Robinson has the hip swerve to make jump cuts at the hole, but ball security seemed to be a problem in 2005, as he fumbled thirteen times, with eight being recovered by the opposition. Most of those fumbles were the result of carrying the ball in the wrong hand and leaving it exposed. He will need to carry the ball more securely if he is to move to tailback in the pros.

As a route runner, Robinson can line up in the slot, showing sharp cutting ability and a strong desire to get open. He needs to sink his hips and use his hands with more aggression in order to defeat the jam, but shows good extension going up for the ball at its high point. He will let the ball absorb into his body at times, but does not use it as a crutch. However, his hands definitely appear to be receiver's quality.

While not used much as a blocker, he does show willingness. He will take defenders on with aggression, but would rather cut in the second level than block in-line. His power and hip snap could make him a functional blocker with additional reps.

Where to play Robinson will be a pleasant problem for some team. He could develop into a poor man's version of Donovan McNabb at quarterback, but a team will need to show patience while he develops. He can bring more instant value as a tailback due to his leg drive and cutting ability, but ball security is a critical area he needs to improve upon. He could be a decent slot back, but I doubt if he will be able to improve his timed speed enough to ever turn into a deep threat as a receiver. Still, he is a fine athlete with a very good work ethic. All he needs is for a team to let him develop at one position rather than bounce him around like Penn State did.

Career Notes

One of three team captains, Robinson was so highly regarded by his teammates that they gave him serious consideration for captaincy during his freshman year … A good student, he earned his Advertising and Public Relations degree in three years, graduating in December 2004 … Robinson earned a second undergraduate degree (Journalism) in December 2005. He has gained on-camera reporting experience on Penn State Hoops and on CSTV's Penn State Primetime programs … Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times … Used at all three receiver positions (slot, split end, flanker), halfback, quarterback and punt returner during his 44 games with the Nittany Lions … Completed 248 passes at PSU, the ninth-best career total in school history … His 505 pass attempts rank eighth in PSU annals … Ranks eleventh on the school career-record list with 23 touchdown passes … Ranks ninth in school annals with 3,531 yards passing … Only quarterback in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career, finishing with 1,637 yards and 20 touchdowns on 369 carries … Added 629 yards and three scores on 52 receptions (12.1 avg) and 18 yards on two punt returns … Became the fifth player in school history to gain over 5,000 yards in total offense (5,168), joining Chuck Fusina (5,382 from 1975-78), Kerry Collins (5,304 from 1991-94), Tony Sacca (5,869 from 1988-91) and Zack Mills (7,212 from 2001-04) … Started a total of 28 games for the Nittany Lions (17 at quarterback, six at halfback and five at receiver) … Became the only player in school history to throw and run for over 1,000 yards in a career … Tied an NCAA record with touchdowns on three consecutive carries during the 2002 campaign.

2005 Season

Named Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten choice … Named to the Maxwell Award Watch List …

Semi-finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top passer … Served as team tri-captain … Completed 162 of 311 passes (52.1 percent) for 2,350 yards, seventeen touch-downs and ten interceptions … His 2,350 aerial yards rank fourth on the school single-season record list, topped only by Zack Mills (2,417 in 2002), Tony Sacca 92,488 in 1991) and Kerry Collins (2,679 in 1994) … Second on the team with 163 carries for 806 yards (4.9 avg) and eleven touchdowns, becoming the first player in school history to throw for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 500 yards in the same season … His 806 yards set a school single-season record for quarterbacks and became the first QB in Penn State history to run for at least ten touchdowns in a season … Ranked 23rd in the nation and third in the conference with an average of 263.0 yards per game in total offense … His 3,156 total yards set a school single-season record, shattering the previous mark of 2,660 yards by Kerry Collins in 1994 … His 28 touchdowns responsible for (17 passing, 11 rushing) was one shy of the school single-season record of 29 (26 rushing, 3 catching) by Lydell Mitchell in 1971 … Became the first Nittany Lion to throw three touchdown passes in three separate games during the same season since Todd Blackledge in 1982 … Was sacked twelve times for losses of 88 yards and had 38 of his pass attempts deflected … Eight of his thirteen fumbles were recovered by the opposition.

2005 Game Analysis

South Florida … Struggled in the season opener, gaining only 90 yards on 9 of 15 passes with an interception and 39 yards on 18 carries, including a4-yard fourth quarter touch-down, but was sacked three times for minus 30 yards, as two of his three fumbles were recovered by USF … After a scoreless third quarter, each team added one touchdown in the fourth frame to finish all scoring. Penn State turned another big play into points midway through the final period when halfback Tony Hunt took a handoff from Robinson and rumbled 70 yards to the USF 4-yard line. On the very next play, Robinson took it up the middle untouched for the insurance touchdown and the tenth rushing touchdown of his career. Kevin Kelly's extra point attempt was blocked, making the score 23-7.

Cincinnati … Bounced back with 220 yards on 11 of 17 attempts (64.7 percent) with three touch-downs and an interception … Turned the ball over on a fumble after a 6-yard sack, but added 62 yards and a score on ten rushing attempts as the Lions totaled 393 yards in a 42-24 win … Cornerback Alan Zemaitis intercepted Cincinnati's Dustin Grutza on the game's third play and Robinson cashed in the miscue for six points, scoring on a 1-yard keeper just two minutes into the game … .After Cincinnati's Kevin Lovell hit a 24-yard field goal midway through the second period, making the score 7-3, Robinson led the Lions on a eight play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Hall just before halftime … Robinson hit Justin King streaking down the right sideline for a 59-yard touchdown and just over a minute later, found Derrick Williams down the left for a 42-yard gain that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Austin Scott. The two scores blew open the game and gave Penn State a 28-3 lead much to the delight of the sun-drenched Beaver Stadium crowd … "It's good to get big plays," head coach Joe Paterno said after the game. "If you get yourself in a tough game, it's good to have someone who can get you a 60-yard play. You need big plays if you're going to be successful." … Robinson was involved in five plays of 20 yards or more vs. the Bearcats, with a 23-yard run and completions of 28, 41, 45 (TD) and 59 (TD) yards … Last season, Penn State had one completion of more than 40 yards all year.

Central Michigan … Generated a season-high 274 yards on 14 of 23 tosses, including three touchdowns and an interception … Carried five times for 13 yards and a 2-yard score as the offense piled up 519 yards in a 40-3 rout … Robinson's 274 yards passing were the second highest of his career, surpassed only by his 379 yards passing vs. Wisconsin in 2003 … On his touchdown tosses, Robinson connected with Deon Butler on 54 & 24-yarders and found Terrell Golden with a 47-yard toss.

Northwestern … Robinson might have gained 271 yards with three touchdowns on 17 of 36 throws and 60 yards with a score on nine carries, but he was intercepted three times, fumbled four times, with the defense recovering one of those miscues and was sacked for a 3-yard loss … They still managed to pull out a 34-29 win … "We all believed," said Robinson. "We never doubted for a minute that we would win this game." … Maybe so, but the hole created by four first-half Lion turnovers was impossibly deep. Robinson threw three interceptions and fumbled on the Northwestern 4-yard line in the first two quarters and the Wildcats capitalized, scoring on each of their first five possessions to take a surprising 23-14 lead into halftime … Robinson threw another interception on Penn State's ensuing first offensive possession and Northwestern turned the miscue into three points. The Wildcats converted with a 20-yard field goal from Joel Howells to give Northwestern a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter … Penn State held the ball for a mere three minutes in the first quarter of a surprisingly lopsided time-of-possession game. When the offense finally revved up, the Lions raced back into the game. Robinson hit freshman Justin King for a 37-yard touchdown on Penn State's second possession … The defining drive came with just over two minutes to play. Robinson redeemed himself for first-half miscues with a masterful nine-play, 80-yard game-winning scoring drive. The senior signal caller kept the drive alive on 4th-and-15 with a 20-yard strike to Isaac Smolko and hit Derrick Williams for the game-winning 36-yard touchdown with 51 seconds to play … "Isaac is one of the surest receivers out there ? I told the line to just hold them up and we will get it," said a smiling Robinson. "Derek is always the guy making plays in practice and in spring ball. I told him he was going to make the game winning play for us." … Robinson's 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter marked the fourth-straight game with a rushing touchdown this season (all four PSU games). It also put him over 1,000 yards rushing on his career as he became the first Nittany Lion to run and pass for over a 1,000 yards on their career … His three interceptions on the day were a career-high and the most by a Penn State quarterback since Zack Mills was intercepted four times in a loss at Boston College in 2004.

Minnesota … Did not have any touchdowns in a 44-14 victory, but hit on 13 of 32 passes for 175 yards and ran 18 times for 112 yards … Robinson delivered the knockout blow to the Golden Gophers with 13:44 left in the second quarter. Serving notice that Penn State is a tough bunch, Robinson lowered his shoulder and knocked Minnesota strong safety Brandon Owens out cold with a crushing blow on the sidelines. It was the defining moment for a day during which everything came up Lions from start to finish. "Honestly, it felt good," said a smiling Robinson after the game. "Robinson is a tough kid, he is a real football player that happens to be a quarterback," added Joe Paterno … Penn State's first drive covered 64 yards in 4:08 and was capped by a 13-yard touchdown sprint by Derrick Williams after a Michael Robinson option pitch … Penn State poured on 17 unanswered points in the third quarter. Robinson drove the Lions 76 yards in nine plays and Tony Hunt's 5-yard run gave the Lions a 27-7 advantage … Robinson became the first Penn State QB to post 100 yards rushing since Zack Mills tallied 138 yards on 15 carries vs. Ohio State in 2001 … Robinson joined Mills, Tony Sacca (113 vs. Pitt, 1990) and Elwood Petchel (115 vs. Pitt, 1946) as the fourth Penn State quarterback to run for 100 yards in a game …

Speaking about his quarterback after the game, head coach Joe Paterno said, "He is definitely our leader. We definitely look up to him each time we get into the huddle. He is always so calm and says, "Hey guys, we are going to drive this many yards. We are about to score." When you get into a huddle with a guy like Mike, he puts so much confidence into you. If you are a little tired and a little achy, you forget all about it because you know he is taking hits on every play and he is still able to come in the huddle and be so upbeat like that." … Minnesota head coach Glen Mason chimed in, "Michael Robinson is a tremendous athlete. We knew that coming in and we weren't able to stop the run. To me the difference was Michael Robinson."

Ohio State … "That was definitely one of the highlights of my career," said a happy Michael Robinson after the game, "one of the highlights of my life." … What brought about that comment? A 17-10 triumph over the Buckeyes, despite seeing Robinson connect on 11 of 20 passes for only 78 yards. He fumbled once on 14 carries, but picked up 52 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run … PSU safety Calvin Lowry made the defensive play of the first half - intercepting QB Troy Smith on third-and-long - and returned his seventh career interception 36 yards to the Ohio State 2-yard line. Robinson took over from there, punching it in on a quarterback keeper to increase Penn State's advantage to 14-3.

Michigan … The team's six-game winning streak was snapped as Michigan held on to beat PSU, 27-25 … Robinson completed 19 of 34 throws for 239 yards and an interception … An 8-yard sack resulted in a costly fumble by Robinson, but he also rushed 17 times for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns … The lesson from this game is that every second counts. In two road games this season, Robinson engineered two fourth quarter comebacks. Down by three with three minutes to play, Robinson put together a 13-play, 81-yard drive and scored on a 3-yard keeper with 0:53 left. As he did in the Northwestern game, Robinson once again converted on fourth down, this time scrambling seven yards to keep the go-ahead drive alive. Michigan's Leon Hall intercepted a Robinson on the previous drive and the Wolverines seemed primed to run out the clock, but State's defense used timeouts, held Michigan and put the ball back in Robinson's hands for the go-ahead drive … A fumble by the PSU QB was recovered by cornerback Brandon Harrison at the Wolverines' 39-yard line. Michigan proceeded to drive the ball down to the Penn State 26-yard line.

Illinois … Led the way, in a 63-10 triumph, tying an 88-year-old school record with his six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) in only one half of action … Threw for 194 yards on 11 of 18 chances with four touchdowns and rushed for 69 yards on seven carries with a pair of scores … Robinson scored a rushing touchdown in seven of Penn State's eight contests leading up to the Illinois clash … Penn State scored touchdowns on its first four offensive possessions on its way to 56 unanswered first half points to win the first meeting between the two schools since 2002 … PSU's 63 points are the most ever by the Lions in Big Ten play and ranks second behind the 81-0 drubbing of Cincinnati in 1990. The 56 first half points tops a 55-point first half effort against Fordham in 1947 … In the first quarter alone, Robinson connected with Ethan Kilmer (35), Patrick Hall (3) and twice with Deon Butler (31, 19) for touchdowns to put the Nittany Lions ahead comfortably, 28-3, at the end of the period. After the first 15 minutes of play, Robinson had 138 yards passing to go along with his four touchdowns … His 4-yard touchdown keeper with seven minutes left in the second quarter capped a 57-yard drive and gave Penn State a 42-3 lead … Added another rushing touchdown before leaving the game, from 31 yards out … His six scores responsible for in the first half tied the Penn State record for a game set by Harry Robb vs. Gettysburg in 1917. The record had stood for 88 years. Robinson was removed from the game prior to Penn State's last possession of the first half with the Nittany Lions leading 49-3 … Head coach Joe Paterno said, "Robinson gets better all the time. He probably was as consistent as he's been all year, and he read things well. He picked out a couple guys and got them the ball in a hurry, and he can run. He was golden on that touchdown of his."

Purdue … With former letterman like D.J. Dozier and Curt Warner in attendance on a brisk, sunny Saturday, Robinson became the first quarterback in Penn State history to rush for ten touchdowns in a season as the Nittany Lions snapped a two-game losing streak against the Boilermakers … Robinson completed 13 of 29 passes for 213 yards in addition to 96 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries … His only miscue was a lost ball on a fumble after an 8-yard sack in a 33-15 win … The Lions took the lead for good when Robinson capped an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The eight-play march was highlighted by a 43-yard pass to Deon Butler.

Wisconsin … Was intercepted twice and sacked once, but he also amassed 238 yards on 13 of 28 tosses with a pair of touchdowns and carried 16 times for 125 yards in a 35-14 win … Penn State scored on the opening possession of the game as Robinson and receiver Deon Butler connected on a 43-yard scoring pass … After the teams traded punts, Penn State answered when Robinson and Butler hooked up again, this time on a 47-yard scoring strike … The senior signal caller was sizzling hot from the get-go, completing his first three passes from a variety of formations to start the game … Penn State opened the second quarter with a 70-yard drive highlighted by a lightning quick strike across the middle from Robinson to Jordan Norwood. Tony Hunt capped the march with a 9-yard draw up the gut and Kevin Kelly's conversion made it 14-0 in favor of Penn State … As the first half ran down, Wisconsin benefited from a Robinson interception but PSU safety Calvin Lowry shut down the drive with an over-the-shoulder interception to give the ball back to his quarterback … On the next drive, Wisconsin unwisely blitzed on third-and-three and Robinson was lying in wait. With Norwood and Butler racing down the right sideline in single coverage, Robinson dropped a perfectly arced pass into Butler's outstretched hands for a 47-yard touchdown that extended the lead to 28-7 … Robinson's effort on the day pushed him past the single season yards total of 2,660 set by Kerry Collins in 1994 … His 363 yards of total offense (238 passing, 125 rushing) ties him for the sixth spot on the school game-record list, matching the total posted by John Hufnagel in 1972 vs. Boston College … Despite the victory, head coach Joe Paterno was livid over a late hit that the Badgers delivered on Robinson in the first half, saying, "I talked to the officials about that. Last year, their big defensive end knocked out Mills and Robinson in the first quarter. So, I grabbed the official and said to lay off of him, don't penalize them but tell him to hit him legal and stay off because he did take a tough shot. I don't think it bothered him, at least he didn't complain about it. I was concerned because he is a big part of this football team." … Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez marveled at Robinson's performance vs. his team, stating, "You saw how we did slowing him down. I don't know exactly what his numbers were but I know he did well. Broke a couple records I think. You can everything boxed in and he can run through tackles. He can move the ball and he can get around you before you realize he's gone. I thought he was hot passing in the first half of the game and though that didn't continue into the second half, he became a runner. He's really a good player. That's the type of player that presents a lot of problems, that Robinson Vick type of player."

Michigan State … Was held to 105 yards on 10 of 20 attempts with a touchdown and lost the ball on a fumble, but rushed 13 times for 90 yards and another score in a 31-22 decision …

Robinson broke free from the crowd, sprinting up the middle through traffic for a 33-yard touchdown run that gave Penn State a 17-0 lead. It was the longest scoring run of Robinson's career … An interception by PSU cornerback Alan Zemaitis and his subsequent 17-yard return late in the third quarter set up Penn State's third touchdown, a 3-yard strike from Robinson to Deon Butler that made the score 24-7 in favor of the Lions.

Florida State (Orange Bowl) … Closed out his career by guiding the Lions to a 26-23 over-time triumph over Florida State … Was sacked three times for losses of 17 yards, turned the ball over on a fumble and threw one interception, but also collected 253 yards with a score on 21 of 39 passes … "This game was everything this senior class has been through," said an Robinson after the game. "We were up, we were down, but we got back up again and took care of business." … The Lions answered with a lightning-quick scoring drive before the half to take the lead into the break. It took just two plays; Robinson completed a pass to Jordan Norwood for 15 yards and connected for a 25 yard completion to Ethan Kilmer, who made a circus catch over the back of a Florida State defender for the touchdown. Kevin Kelly's extra point gave Penn State a 14-13 lead at halftime … Robinson posted his seventh 200-yard passing game of the season, which ranks seventh all-time in PSU history for a career.

2004 Season

Robinson played in nine games, starting eight contests (started vs. Central Florida, Iowa and Ohio State at quarterback; vs. Akron, Wisconsin and Northwestern at split end; vs. Indiana and Michigan State at flanker) … Sat out the Minnesota and Purdue games after suffering a concussion on a late hit he received in the first quarter vs. Wisconsin … Was second on the team with 33 receptions for 485 yards (14.7 avg) and three touchdowns … Completed 14 of 39 passes (35.9 percent) for 170 yards, a touchdown and five interceptions … Third on the squad with 172 yards on 49 carries (3.5 avg) … Gained 342 yards in total offense on 88 plays … Was sacked five times for losses of 34 yards and the defense recovered one of Robinson's three fumbles.

2004 Game Analysis

Akron … Lining up at split end, Robinson snatched three passes for 35 yards and a 10-yard touchdown on a toss from QB Zack Mills with 0:50 left in the first half … Hit on 3 of 4 pass attempts for 42 yards, finding Mills on a flea flicker with an 18-yard scoring strike … Also ran four times for 16 yards.

Boston College … Came off the bench to grab five passes for 54 yards and collect 35 yards on four rushing attempts.

Central Florida … Despite starting at quarterback, he had only one pass attempt for a 39-yard gain and nine runs for 51 yards before shifting to split end, where he made seven catches for 93 yards.

Wisconsin … Had a 49-yard reception, but suffered a concussion on a crunching hit after he was sacked twice for minus 17 yards in the first quarter, missing the rest of that game and the entire Minnesota and Purdue contests due to a concussion.

Iowa … Returned to start at quarterback … Connected on 2 of 9 passes for 14 yards, but was intercepted twice and turned the ball over on a fumble … Was replaced by Zack Mills and moved to split end, snaring three passes for 52 yards.

Ohio State … Started again at quarterback, completing 7 of 21 passes for 69 yards and two interceptions … Also fumbled twice and was sacked three times for minus 17 yards … Ran 20 times for 58 yards.

Northwestern … Shifted back to split end, where he made four catches for 63 yards and attempted a pass on a flea flicker, but it was intercepted.

Indiana … Moved to flanker, grabbing six passes for 99 yards and a 33-yard touchdown on a first quarter toss from Zack Mills.

Michigan State … Closed out the season with another start at flanker … Had four receptions for 40 yards and a 6-yard score in the third quarter.

2003 Season

Started eight games, lining up with the starting unit at tailback vs. Temple, Boston College, Northwestern, Indiana and Michigan State and at quarterback vs. Wisconsin, Purdue and Iowa … Completed 62 of 138 passes (44.9 percent) for 892 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions … Finished second on the team with 396 yards and three scores on 107 carries (3.7 avg) … Also saw action at slot back and split end, catching ten passes for 100 yards (10.0 avg) … Added 18 yards on a pair of punt returns … Picked up 1,288 yards in total offense … Fumbled three times and was sacked nine times for losses of 65 yards.

2003 Game Analysis

Temple … Opened the season with his second career start at tailback, responding with 84 yards on nine carries, including a 53-yarder and had a 6-yard reception, but also fumbled once … Attempted two passes and gained 18 yards on two punt returns.

Boston College … Rushed nine times for 24 yards and a 2-yard touchdown ant tailback and shifted over to quarterback later in the game, hitting on 4 of 11 attempts for 41 yards, but was also sacked for a 9-yard loss.

Minnesota … Came off the bench to take over for an injured Zack Mills at quarterback, completing 16 of 27 passes for 178 yards and two interceptions … Fumbled once on 12 carries for 42 yards, but scored on a 10-yard run … Was also sacked once for a 7-yard loss.

Wisconsin … Started at quarterback, responding with 22 of 43 passes for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yarder to tight end Matt Kranchick … Ran nine times for 19 yards, but also fumbled once … His 379 aerial yards rank second on the school's game-record list, topped only by Zack Mills (399 vs. Iowa in 2002) … His 398 yards in total offense also rank second on PSU's game-record list behind Mills' 418 vs. Ohio State in 2001.

Purdue … Connected on 10 of 32 throws for 98 yards, two interceptions and a 3-yard score to Isaac Smolko … Was sacked three times for minus 18 yards and rushed 13 times for 40 yards.

Northwestern … After sitting out vs. Ohio State (coach's decision), Robinson returned to the lineup at tailback … Caught five passes for 55 yards, completed one pass for 11 yards and ran 15 times for 40 yards.

Indiana … At tailback, he carried 11 times for 85 yards and a 10-yard score … Shifting to quarterback, Robinson connected on 2 of 3 throws for 87 yards and a 30-yard touchdown to receiver Tony Johnson.

Michigan State … Started at tailback before moving over to quarterback … Gained 54 yards on 16 rushing attempts and 36 yards on three receptions … Completed 5 of 8 passes for 69 yards, an interception and a 13-yard touchdown to Terrance Phillips.

2002 Season

Shifted around the offensive set from quarterback to running back, slot back and split end to utilize his talents … Showed great running ability and helped spark the diversified Penn State offense … Started at tailback vs. Michigan and at slot back vs. Auburn (Capital One Bowl) … Completed 10 of 17 passes (58.8 percent) for 119 yards and an interception … Second on the team with 263 yards and six touchdowns on 50 carries (5.3 avg) … Caught nine passes for 44 yards (4.9 avg) and recorded a solo tackle … Totaled 382 yards, but fumbled the ball three times and was sacked twice for losses of 16 yards.

2002 Game Analysis

Central Florida … Made his collegiate debut with three carries for 13 yards, but also fumbled once.

Nebraska … Lined up all over the field, rushing four times for 56 yards and scoring two touchdowns … Galloped into the end zone on an 8t-yard reverse, plowed his way into the end zone on an 11-yard run off tackle and chalked up a season-long 28-yard gain on a reverse to electrify the Beaver Stadium record throng of 110,753.

Louisiana Tech … Wasted little time following up the Nebraska performance, as he scored three touchdowns the initial three times he touched the ball in a 49-17 victory … In doing so, he became just the fifth player in NCAA history to score on three consecutive carries (18, 5 & 6 yards), and continued a run of five touchdowns in six touches over two games, including four-straight … Was the first Lion freshman to score three times in a game since Aaron Harris in 1996 and tallied 35 yards on six carries vs. the Bulldogs … Also completed his first career pass as he took over at QB late in the game.

Michigan … Made his first career start, lining up at tailback when he replaced an ailing Larry Johnson (Kansas City) and ran three times for 14 yards … Made his first career reception, a 12-yarder.

Northwestern … Took over at quarterback in the third quarter of a 49-0 shutout and guided the Lions to a season-long 93-yard touchdown drive on 14 plays.

Virginia … Carried the ball eight times for 45 yards and made two catches for 17 yards in a big 35-14 win … Also completed both pass attempts for 17 yards, but fumbled once.

Michigan State … Lined up at quarterback, connecting on all three tosses for 52 yards and also ran seven times for 19 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.

Auburn (Capital One Bowl) … Earned team MVP honors as he filled three statistical categories, gaining 30 yards on five carries, 31 passing yards on two completions and 7 yards on two receptions.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman, performing on the scout team as a quarterback.

Injury Report

2004: Sat out the Purdue and Minnesota games and missed three quarters of action when he suffered a concussion in the first quarter. Wisconsin (9/25).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … 33-inch vertical jump.

Combine: Did not participate in workouts.

Off-Field Issues

2004: In January, Robinson was involved in a fight at a local skating arena. He was injured in the scuffle, receiving 24 stitches above his left ear. He was placed on probation due to the incident, even though an investigation proved that he was only minimally involved.

High School

Attended Varina (Richmond, Va.) High School, playing football for head coach Gary Chilccoat … Was superb as a four-year starting quarterback … Two-time Associated Press first-team All-State selection and a three-time member of the Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro team … Following his senior season, Robinson was chosen the Richmond Times-Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year and the district and regional Player of the Year … Named a Times-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete and rated by Super Prep as the third-best athlete in the nation during his senior season … Led the team to four consecutive regional titles and two state runner-up finishes … Rushed for a remarkable 3,046 yards on 371 carries, an impressive 8.2-yard average, and 37 touchdowns … Also passed for 2,409 yards in his career … As a senior, he accounted for a huge portion of the team's total offense, passing for 1,056 yards and rushing for 1,281 more, scoring 15 touchdowns … Two-year team captain, who totaled 211 career tackles, 18 interceptions and 13 sacks as a safety … Also participated in the sprints for the track and field squad.


Earned his Advertising and Public Relations degree in three years, graduating in December 2004 … Earned a second degree (Journalism) in December 2005 … Gained on-camera reporting experience on Penn State Hoops and on CSTV's Penn State Primetime programs … Garnered Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors three times … Born B. Michael Robinson on 2/06/83 … Resides in Richmond, Virginia.


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