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#12 Michael Robinson
Gr./Senior - Quarterback
Height: 6-2
Weight: 217 lbs.
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
High School: Varina

With an infectious smile and charismatic personality so strong he received votes for team captain as a true freshman, Michael Robinson is a confident, driving force at the epicenter of the team's leadership heading into the 2005 season. After three seasons proving his versatility and commitment to team goals while playing every offensive skill position, as well as returning punts, the fifth-year senior enters a season for the first time at the top of the depth chart at quarterback. Lauded by Joe Paterno as one of the nation's premier players, Robinson has trimmed 10 pounds from an already quick and agile frame and finished the spring at a stout 6-2, 217 pounds. He earned his advertising and public relations degree in 3 1/2 years in December 2004, and, after going through graduation ceremonies with four-year starter Zack Mills, now is prepared to take over for his close friend. Savvy and skilled under center, the vastly talented Robinson is one of the most versatile players ever to don the Blue and White. He was named to the 2005 Maxwell Award Watch List. Elected one of the squad's tri-captains following spring practice, he has passed for 1,181 yards and six touchdowns, run for 831 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 52 balls for 629 yards and three scores during his career. The former Varina HS all-state selection needs just 169 yards on the ground to become the first Nittany Lion ever to run and throw for 1,000 yards in a career. With 17 starts over the past three seasons (six at quarterback, six at tailback and five at receiver), Robinson brings a great deal of experience and knowledge of the offense to the field and the confidence of having logged 1,478 all-purpose yards in his initial three seasons. One of the squad's premier athletes and playmakers, Robinson finished spring drills with a splash, going 6-of-6 passing for 143 yards and rushing for 23 yards and a touchdown on just three carries in the Blue-White game. Robinson had an excellent spring practice and will enter preseason practice as the top candidate behind center. Having initially burst into the offensive rotation on the strength of his ability to run the ball, Robinson demonstrated his abilities to lead the team in 2003, showcasing a cannon-like arm and deft playmaking. An intelligent and charismatic young man, Robinson was thrown into the fray when Zack Mills was hurt against Minnesota. He led Penn State on touchdown drives of 79 and 80 yards and completed passes to nine receivers against the Golden Gophers. The following week, against Wisconsin, he made his first career start and delivered one of the top passing performances in school history, accumulating 379 yards through the air and 398 yards of total offense, both the second-best all-time totals at Penn State. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection tied an NCAA record with touchdowns on three consecutive carries during the 2002 campaign and once again will be looked to to provide leadership, offensive production and a big-play threat with his arm and his legs. Robinson is on schedule to earn a second undergraduate degree (journalism) in December. He has gained on-camera reporting experience on Penn State Hoops and on CSTV's Penn State Primetime programs.

2004 Senior Season

Robinson was the starting quarterback in three games, 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 and finished his third-straight 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). He was a major contributor in every game except for the two he missed (Minnesota and Purdue), suffering a concussion following a big first-quarter hit while directing the offense at Wisconsin. Robinson continued to be one of Penn State's most productive players as he was involved in 10 plays of 20 yards or more. He has tallied 24 such plays over the last two seasons, including a career-long pass (73 yards) and run (53 yards) in 2003 and a career-long reception (49 yards) last year at Wisconsin. Among his outstanding efforts of the season, Robinson made a career-high seven receptions for 93 yards, ran the ball nine times for 51 yards and completed his only pass attempt for 39 yards in a win over Central Florida. At Ohio State, he started at quarterback and carried the ball a career-high 20 times, gaining 58 yards, and completed seven-of-21 passes for 69 yards in a tough defensive battle. He grabbed six receptions for a career-high 99 yards, including a spectacular 33-yard sprawling touchdown catch, in a win at Indiana and added four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in Penn State's season-ending victory over Michigan State. He also threw an 18-yard TD pass to quarterback Zack Mills in the Akron game. He was on the field a season-high 77 plays against the Buckeyes.

2003 Junior Season

Robinson started three games at quarterback and saw significant action under center. He made major progress during his redshirt 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 10 passes for 100 yards, chalked up 18 yards on two punt returns and finished second on the team with 1,288 yards of offense. Capable of turning any play into a big play, Robinson delivered the team's longest run (53 yards) and pass plays (74 yards) during the season. He started eight contests - three at quarterback and five at tailback. He started his second career game at tailback in the season- opening win over Temple, leading the team with a then career-best 84 yards on nine carries, including a career-long burst of 53 yards that set up a fourth-quarter touchdown. He also returned two punts for 18 yards and made a tackle against the Owls. Robinson saw significant time at quarterback against Minnesota. He took over at the start of the second quarter when Zack Mills left the game with a sprained knee and went on to complete 12-of-27 attempts for 178 yards while leading Penn State on touchdown drives of 79 and 80 yards. Showing complete command of the offense, he completed passes to nine receivers, added 12 carries for 42 yards, including a 10-yard TD run, and posted 220 yards of total offense. Penn State generated 346 of its 419 total yards with Robinson under center. He followed that game with a fantastic outing in his first career start at quarterback, a 30-23 loss to Wisconsin. He logged 379 yards through the air and 398 yards of total offense against the Badgers, both the second-best all-time totals at Penn State. Robinson posted career-highs with 22 completions (12th-best in school history), 43 attempts (sixth-highest in Penn State history) and two touchdown passes. He became just the eighth quarterback in school history to pass for 300 yards or more in a game and connected on a 73-yard scoring strike to Matt Kranchick, the first career passing touchdown for both and the 15th-longest pass play in school history (longest since the 1999 season). Robinson led the Lions to three scoring drives of more than 70 yards and 424 total yards (the second-highest total on the season). Robinson started at tailback at Northwestern. He carried the ball a career-high 15 times for 40 yards and added a career-best receiving day, five catches for 55 yards, and an 11-yard pass completion on the first play of the game. Robinson carried the ball a team-high 11 times for a career-best 85 yards and had a 10-yard touchdown run in a 52-7 Senior Day win over Indiana. He also completed two-of-three passes for 87 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown strike to Tony Johnson and a 57-yard pass to Mike Lukac, as he mounted 172 yards of total offense on the day. He wrapped up the season by leading the team with 54 yards rushing, adding three receptions for 36 yards, and completing five-of-eight passing attempts for 69 yards at Michigan State. Robinson was on the field for 456 snaps, led by 74 against Wisconsin.

2002 Sophomore Season

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, averaging 5.3 yards per attempt. He also caught nine passes for 44 yards and completed 10-of-17 passes for 119 yards, with one interception. Robinson thundered onto the scene in the big 40-7 win over Nebraska as he lined up all over the field, rushing four times for 56 yards and scoring two touchdowns. He galloped into the end zone on an eight-yard reverse, plowed his way in 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. He wasted little time following up the performance as he scored three touchdowns the initial three times he touched the ball in the next game, a 49-17 victory over Louisiana Tech. In doing so, he became just the fifth player in NCAA history to score on three consecutive carries (18, five and six yards), and continued a run of five TDs in six touches over two games, including four-straight. He was the first Lion freshman to score three times in a game since Aaron Harris in 1996 and tallied 35 yards on six carries against the Bulldogs. He also completed his first career pass as he took over at QB late in the game. Robinson made his first career start at Michigan when he replaced an ailing Larry Johnson at tailback and ran three times for 14 yards and made his first career reception, a 12-yarder. He took over at quarterback in the third quarter of a 49-0 shutout of Northwestern and guided the Lions to a season-long 93-yard TD drive on 14 plays. Robinson carried the ball eight times for 45 yards and made two catches for 17 yards in the big 35-14 win over Virginia, giving him bragging rights back home. He filled three statistical categories against Auburn in the Capital One Bowl, gaining 30 yards on five carries, 31 passing yards on two completions and seven receiving yards on two receptions to earn team Offensive MVP honors. He was on the field for 180 plays.

2001 Freshman Season

Redshirt season.

High School

Robinson was superb as a four-year starting quarterback for Coach Gary Chilcoat's Varina HS squad, leading the team to four consecutive regional titles and two state runner- up finishes. Robinson rushed for a remarkable 3,046 yards on 371 carries, an impressive 8.2 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 touchdowns. A two-year team captain, he totaled 211 career tackles, 18 interceptions and 13 sacks as a safety. Robinson was named SuperPrep's No. 3 top athlete in the nation during his senior season. 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. He participated in the sprints for the track and field squad.


Full name is B. Michael Robinson. He has an older brother, Anthony Ricks. Robinson earned his degree in advertising and public relations in 3 1/2 years, graduating in December 2004. He is on schedule to earn a second degree, in journalism, in December 2005. He earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 2002, '03 and '04. Born February 6, 1983 in Richmond, Va.


2002     10-17   119 58.8 34  0  1
2003    62-138   892 44.9 73  5  5
2004     14-39   170 35.9 39  1  5
Career  86-194  1181 44.3 73  6  11

2002    50-263 5.3  28  6      9-44 4.9  12 0
2003   107-396 3.7  53  3    10-100 10.0 22 0
2004    49-172 3.5  18  0    33-485 14.7 49 3
Career 206-831 4.0  53  9    52-629 12.1 49 3

Michael Robinson's 2004 Game-by-Game
Passing (Attempts-Comp-Yards-Int-TD)
Akron 4-3-42-0-1; Boston College 0-0-0-0-0; 
UCF 1-1-39-0-0; Wisconsin 3-1-6-0-0;
Minnesota-INJ; Purdue-INJ; Iowa 9-2-14-2-0; 
Ohio State 21-7-69-2-0; Northwestern 1-
0-0-1-0; Indiana 0-0-0-0-0; Michigan State 0-0-0-0-0.

Michael Robinson's 2003 Game-by-Game
Passing (Attempts-Comp-Yards-Int-TD)
Temple 2-0-0-0-0; Boston College 11-4-41-0-0; 
Nebraska 0-0-0-0-0; Kent State 9-2-29-
0-0; Minnesota 27-16-178-2-0; Wisconsin 43-22-379-0-2; 
Purdue 32-10-98-2-1; Iowa 2-
0-0-0-0; Ohio State 0-0-0-0-0; Northwestern 1-1-11-0-0; 
Indiana 3-2-87-0-1; Michigan
State 8-5-69-1-1.

Michael Robinson's 2002 Game-by-Game
Passing (Attempts-Comp-Yards-Int-TD)
UCF 0-0-0-0-0; Nebraska 0-0-0-0-0; 
Louisiana Tech 1-1-6-0-0; Iowa 0-0-0-0-0;
Wisconsin 0-0-0-0-0; Michigan 3-1-10-0-0; 
Northwestern 3-1-3-1-0; Ohio State 0-0-0-0-
0; Illinois 0-0-0-0-0; Virginia 2-2-17-0-0; 
Indiana 2-0-0-0-0; Michigan State 3-3-52-0-0;
Auburn 3-2-31-0-0.

 Michael Robinson's 2004 Game-by-Game
Rushing (Carries-Yards-TD)
Akron 4-16-0; Boston College 4-35-0; UCF 9-51-0; 
Wisconsin 5-(-3)-0; Minnesota-INJ;
Purdue-INJ; Iowa 6-7-0; Ohio State 20-58-0; 
Northwestern 0-0-0; Indiana 1-8-0;
Michigan State 0-0-0.

 Michael Robinson's 2003 Game-by-Game
Rushing (Carries-Yards-TD)
Temple 9-84-0; Boston College 9-24-1; Nebraska 5-(-2)-0; 
Kent State 5-20-0; Minnesota
12-42-1; Wisconsin 9-19-0; Purdue 13-40-0; 
Iowa 3-(-10)-0; Ohio State 0-0-0;
Northwestern 15-40-0; Indiana 11-85-1; 
Michigan State 16-54-0.

 Michael Robinson's 2002 Game-by-Game
Rushing (Carries-Yards-TD)
UCF 3-13-0; Nebraska 4-56-2; Louisiana Tech 6-35-3; 
Iowa 4-(-2)-0; Wisconsin 3-9-0;
Michigan 3-14-0; Northwestern 3-27-0; Ohio State 2-8-0; 
Illinois 0-0-0; Virginia 8-45-0;
Indiana 2-9-0; Michigan State 7-19-1; Auburn 5-30-0.

 Michael Robinson's 2004 Game-by-Game
Receiving (Catches-Yards-TD)
Akron 3-35-1; Boston College 5-54-0; UCF 7-93-0; 
Wisconsin 1-49-0; Minnesota-INJ;
Purdue-INJ; Iowa 3-52-0; Ohio State 0-0-0; 
Northwestern 4-63-0; Indiana 6-99-1;
Michigan State 4-40-1.

Coach's Quote:

“Michael Robinson has to be ready to be our quarterback. He gives you so much insurance at quarterback. His passing has really improved. He has always had a good feel for the game and he has always been a good learner. Mike Robinson is a very, very talented young man."
— Joe Paterno, Inc. Penn State Bookstore GoPSUsports Online Store
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