Penn State football: Robinson, Urschel earn All-America awards

From CDT staff reportsDecember 18, 2013 

— Penn State receiver Allen Robinson earned three All-America nods Tuesday while senior guard John Urschel was also tabbed as an All-American.

The record-setting Robinson was named a first-team All-American by CBSSports.com, a second-team All-American by SI.com and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. Urschel joined Robinson on the AP third-team.

Fresh off a second season in which he won the Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year award, Robinson set Penn State single-season records for catches (97) and receiving yards (1,432) and added six touchdown catches and has 17 in his career. Robinson could declare himself eligible for May’s NFL Draft and is expected to make a decision on his future over winter break.

Urschel recently capped a stellar senior season in which he was elected a co-captain and helped Penn State’s running game churn out 2,088 yards and 22 touchdowns. Urschel also racked up a number of academic honors including the Williams V. Campbell trophy awarded to college football’s top student athlete. A 4.0 student with one master’s degree, Urschel is working on a second master’s and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

Their recent nods come a day after both players were honored by BTN.com. Robinson and Urschel were named to the BTN.com first-team while Robinson joined the ESPN.com first team, too.

True freshmen Christian Hackenberg was named BTN.com’s Freshman of the Year and was selected as the captain of ESPN.com’s All-Freshman team. Hackenberg broke 11 Penn State freshman passing and total offense records in his first season.

Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Austin Johnson and redshirt linebacker Nyeem Wartman were also named to the BTN.com and ESPN.com Freshman All-Big Ten teams. Penn State earned a conference-best five selections to the BTN.com All-Freshman team with linebacker Brandon Bell and running back Akeel Lynch also making the cut.

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