Penn State Football has not seen Chop Robinson on the field since his injury in the second quarter against Ohio State.
However, after missing the last 10 quarters of football for Penn State, and warming up and taking reps before the Maryland game last Saturday, Robinson returned as a full participant at practice this week.
Chop Robinson is at practice tonight pic.twitter.com/k5wlQyrQek
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) November 8, 2023
While Manny Diaz’s defense has been using a heavy rotation this season to keep players fresh, one of the focal points of Penn State’s elite defense has been the pass rush highlighted by top end talent in Adisa Isaac, Chop Robinson, and Dani Dennis-Sutton. Robinson, a preseason projected first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, had been a key anchor on the defensive line until his injury.
Even with missing the last 10 quarters of football, Robinson ranks second on the team with three sacks and is tied for third on the team with five tackles for a loss.
Robinson is also one of eight Nittany Lion defenders to force a fumble this season.
How Chop Robinson Boosts Penn State Football vs. Michigan
Getting Robinson back against Michigan would be a huge reinforcement for Penn State’s defensive line that will be tested Saturday.
Michigan ranks 18th in the nation in sacks allowed per game, averaging only 1.22 sacks allowed per game. Penn State on the other hand ranks 1st in the nation in team sacks, averaging 4.11 sacks per game.
With this strength-on-strength matchup, Penn State needs its elite defensive end to matchup with Michigan’s offensive line.
Forcing Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy to move in the pocket and throw quickly could help Penn State’s defensive backs contain Roman Wilson and a dangerous Michigan passing game.
Keeping Michigan off schedule with negative plays in the running game and forcing incompletions or sacks, would also help Penn State keep the ball out of the hands of Blake Corum, who has accounted for 16 touchdowns on the year.
Penn State’s strength on defense this season has been depth and being able to rotate in fresh legs to keep the defense fresh and playing at a high level all game.
Against a Michigan team that will push Penn State for four quarters Saturday, Robinson’s return to action would be huge to keep Penn State’s defense fresh and give Penn State one more elite playmaker to match up with the Wolverines.