Penn State Nittany Lions: Supa Six
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- Michigan State's defensive success starts with its cornerbacks, and sophomore Darian Hicks is getting the first crack at replacing projected first-round pick Darqueze Dennard.
- In what has become the norm, Indiana is still waiting for one quarterback to emerge as the starter.
- Dontre Wilson has made big strides this offseason and is playing as well as any Ohio State receiver, according to assistant coach Zach Smith.
- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said joining the Big Ten has opened up some non-traditional recruiting areas for him in this Q&A with the Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart.
- Iowa might change Damon Bullock's role from running back to slot receiver and, HawkCentral's Pat Harty writes, that new position would better utilize Bullock's talent.
- OL Graham Glasgow remains suspended for Michigan's opener, but he finally has returned to spring practice.
- Maryland coach Randy Edsall said the team is "moving forward" and tailback Wes Brown is performing well following a report that Brown allegedly drove a car involved in a shooting.
- It didn't take much for Minnesota DB Cedric Thompson to convince Jerry Kill that he couldstep up as the team's defensive leader this offseason.
- Wisconsin's defense seemed much more energetic on Thursday, as the largest play it allowed was a 15-yard quarterback scramble.
- StateCollege.com's Mike Poorman takes a look back at six players from Penn State's 2011 recruiting class -- known as the "Supa Six" -- and wonders what has happened to the group.
February, 17, 2013
By Josh Moyer | ESPN.com
Rich Barnes/US PresswireJunior wide receiver Allen Robinson, who set PSU's single-season record for receptions last season, is working to improve his size and strength.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Allen Robinson smiled and cocked his head to the left when asked how he plans to improve, how he hopes to follow up his record-breaking 2012 season.
It's not that he needed to search for words or that he didn't know the answer. The junior wideout just didn't know where to begin.
"I just want to improve all my weaknesses I had in my game last year," he said matter-of-factly.
After setting a school record with 77 receptions, Robinson's weaknesses might not be so evident. His route-running and leaping ability set him apart and made him one of the most dangerous wideouts in the Big Ten.
He finished his first year as a starter with 1,013 yards and 11 touchdowns, more than twice as many as Penn State's No. 2 target. But, on Saturday afternoon, he rattled off a list of improvements almost as long as his list of accolades.
First off, he said, he needs to increase his weight and improve his diet. He finished 2012 hovering around 198 pounds, so he felt tired and sore as the season wore on. He's now eating three meals a day --- instead of the usual two if he wakes up later -- and put himself on a 2,500-calorie diet.
"I'm at about 208 right now," he said. "So I just want to be more of a durable receiver, able to get across the middle and take those hits and be a better blocker in the run game."
He's also watching more film, trying to pinpoint cracks in his technique. He wants to throw more footballs with Steven Bench and the stable of young quarterbacks. And he's hitting the weight room -- early and often.
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