Running Back Andre Robinson Transferring from Penn State

By Dan Smith on December 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm
Penn State Nittany Lions running back Andre Robinson (6) runs the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first quarter at Kinnick Stadium.

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Penn State running back Andre Robinson will transfer from Penn State, according to John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Robinson, who attended Bishop McDevitt High School and is originally from Mechanicsburg (PA), just completed his redshirt sophomore season.

Robinson proved to be a very capable backup to superstar Saquon Barley over the last two seasons. In 2016, Robinson had 29 carries for 141 yards and six total touchdowns.

Unfortunately for Robinson, the backfield became very crowded. Miles Sanders entered the rotation immediately as a true freshman and usurped Robinson as the second man on the depth chart in 2017. Robinson finished the 2017 regular season with just nine carries for 55 yards and one touchdown.

Even with Barkley expected to jump to the pros, Robinson is likely to be behind Sanders and possibly even 2018 commit Ricky Slade next season. With Mark Allen, Johnathan Thomas, and Journey Brown also on the depth chart, it is understandable that Robinson would be interested in seeking other opportunities with more playing time.

It was always going to be a transitional year in the running game for Penn State in 2018. The loss of offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and Barkley's expected departure assured that. Even more will be up in the air without Robinson.

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