The 2023 season is only a few months away, and the hype surrounding this year’s Penn State football team is soaring. After a program-defining 11-2 season in 2022, it seems that the Nittany Lions are poised for another massive season, with most experts projecting them to win 10-11 games this fall. A crucial element of Penn State’s future success will be its defense, particularly the pass rush, which will be led by Chop Robinson, the returning EDGE with the highest grade in the nation.
Highest graded returning Edge rushers? pic.twitter.com/2ht0QzSemP
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 9, 2023
Last season, in his first year with the Blue and White after transferring from Maryland, Robinson displayed his potential on numerous occasions, particularly in the Lions’ 30-0 victory over his former team in November. Recently, Pro Football Focus released its list of the top 10 returning pass rushers for the 2023 season, and Robinson claimed the top spot. This fall, Robinson could be one of the most lethal defensive weapons on the college football field.
Could Penn State football star Chop Robinson become a top EDGE this fall?
Chop Robinson’s 6-foot-3, 253-pound frame is perhaps one of the most ideal for a pass rusher, and his skills match his physique. In his first season with Penn State football, Robinson was an instrumental part of Manny Diaz’s elite defense, contributing 26 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two pass deflections, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
In 2022, Robinson was named the nation’s top-graded pass rusher by PFF, and heading into his second season with the Blue and White, he has once again been ranked as the best, being named the No. 1 returning pass rusher for the 2023 season.
In PFF’s top-10 highest-graded pass rushers of the 2022 season, Robinson claimed the top spot with a 90.6 overall grade among some elite company, while the next-highest pass rusher was Bralen Trice from Washington, with an 89.1 overall grade. This fall, both Robinson and Trice will be returning to their respective fields, making them the top two heading into the new year.
In addition to his high grade for the upcoming season, Robinson has also been projected as a late-first-round pick in a few early 2024 mock drafts. This fall, Robinson will have a chance to establish himself as one of the best (if not the best) pass rushers in the nation, as he looks to lead Penn State football to a Big Ten title and more.
Thank you for reading Basic Blues Nation. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and insights on your favorite Penn State athletics. For feedback, questions, concerns, or to apply for a writing position, please email us at [email protected] or direct message us on our social media. It’s due to your support that we can become one of the market’s fastest-growing Penn State sports outlets!
Penn State football in the mix for top transfer portal WR
Penn State wrestling rolls vs. No. 20 Lehigh
Ohio State WR, former No. 1 player in PA hits transfer portal
Penn State commit, No. 1 player in Pennsylvania goes off for 4 TD performance
Penn State projected to land ESPN five-star quarterback
Big Ten defensive coordinator expresses doubt over Penn State QB Drew Allar
FB RECRUITING2 days ago
Former top-rated Penn State football commit hits the transfer portal
FOOTBALL2 days ago
Former Penn State football standout takes coordinator role at new Big Ten school
FOOTBALL1 day ago
Penn State football predicted to face defending national champions in bowl matchup
FOOTBALL3 days ago
New Penn State OC Andy Kotelnicki recently explained why he’d leave Kansas
FB RECRUITING15 hours ago
Top analyst calls Penn State commit an ‘X-factor in the Big Ten’
FOOTBALL9 hours ago
Penn State loses future punter, WR with NFL ties to the portal
FOOTBALL1 day ago
BREAKING: Penn State football earns top 10 ranking before bowl selection
FOOTBALL1 day ago
James Franklin: Peach Bowl prep is ‘valuable’ time for Andy Kotelnicki, Penn State offense