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Penn State Football All 105

Penn State All 105: Chop Chop Part II

Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Chop Robinson (44) November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. This edition will look at sophomore defensive end Chop Robinson

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 250 pounds 

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland 

Before Penn State: Robinson played at Quince Orchard High School and helped the team to a 25-2 record over the 2018 and ’19 seasons, highlighted by a 22-game winning streak and a state championship on 2018.Robinson’s play made him an Under Armour All-American in 2019, and he finished his career with Quince Orchard’s all-time sack record. Fourteen of those sacks came in Robinson’s All-American season. He finished that year with 85 tackles (61 solo), three forced fumbles and an interception. 247SportsRivalsOn3 and ESPN all rated Robinson as a four-star recruit, and ESPN ranked him the No. 1 player in Maryland from his class and the No. 35 player in the country. Penn State almost had Robinson in its 2022 class, becoming a finalist, but he committed to Maryland in March 2020.

2021: Robinson showed some promise in his year at Maryland, making ESPN’s Midseason True Freshman All-American Team. He ended the year playing in all 13 games and making his first college start against Indiana Oct. 30. He ended the season with 19 tackles (12 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, the first coming against Kent State Sept. 25. Things weren’t perfect at Maryland, however. Robinson entered the transfer portal in April and committed to Penn State April 12.

2022: Robinson’s played earned him unanimous All-Big Ten honorable mention as well as Penn State’s Reid-Robinson Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award along with Adisa Isaac. Robinson played in 12 of Penn State’s 13 games, missing only the team’s White Out win with Minnesota due to injury. He ended the season with 26 tackles (19 solo), 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a recorded fumble.

Where he stands: Robinson is Penn State’s defensive end when healthy. If he can stay healthy, the only question is: How good can he get? Some feel that the former Terp could play his way into becoming a first-round NFL Draft pick.  We shall see.

A quote by Robinson: “No question. I definitely feel like I’m the best edge rusher in college football.” — Robinson to ProFootballFocus this summer.

A quote about Robinson: “As any player develops, as you get more comfortable, you can play faster. And thinking about a guy like Chop playing faster is a scary sight.” — Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on Robinson at Penn State’s Media Day  earlier this month

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