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Penn State WR explains how Bill O'Brien helped

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Wide receiver Allen Robinson flourished in the two years Bill O'Brien was head coach at Penn State.

In 2012 and 2013, Allen Robinson was an elite receiver in the Big 10, piling up 174 catches for 2,445 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The Penn State wide receiver started just once in 2011. It's no coincidence he flourished under Bill O'Brien, and Robinson shared on Saturday how his former head coach impacted his career.

"Going into the off-season, he’d give me a list of things to work on," Robinson said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I’d try to fine-tune that each and every offseason and that’s helped me thus far.”

As he did with other Nittany Lions, O'Brien had Robinson (6-2, 220) study game-tape of some former Patriots. He also enlisted the help of then-Penn State and current Texans wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, who was an assistant with the Bills.

"I got some tape of Brandon Lloyd, some Chad Johnson tape, and some tape of Stevie Johnson from Coach Hixon," Robinson said. "Kind of just seeing those guys at the next level doing things helped provide me with a variety of different things in my game as well.”

Robinson said O'Brien and his staff were key in developing him as a player, and preparing the team to win despite an inordinate amount of adversity. As a freshman in 2011, he caught just three passes for 29 yards.

"It was a good experience," Robinson said. "He put our team in the best possible situations for us to win. Just challenging me as a player and as a person each and every day to improve my route-running and improve my play-making ability.”

Robinson and the wide receivers will run the 40-yard dash and go through drills on Sunday.

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