Football: Allen still tops in nation

Despite amassing “only” 78 yards during Saturday’s win over Utah, Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen still leads the country in receiving yards per game.

Saturday’s performance lowered Allen’s average to 129.43 receiving yards per game. USC’s Robert Woods, after gaining just 36 yards the previous week against Cal, had a big game at Notre Dame with 12 catches for 119 yards. That puts his average at 128.86 receiving yards per game, just behind Allen.


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  • David Swartz

    Woods’ 119-yard game RAISED his average to 128.86 ypg? I hope that your high school math teacher doesn’t read this, JO (kidding).

  • Uh Huh!

    What are Marvin Jones’ stats last season compared to this season.
    What are Jones’ % of team receptions and yardage last season compared to this season?

    I think Keenan is a fabulous talent on the field, and nothing should be taken away from him. But I feel for Jones because I think he is also great, but may not be getting the ball thrown to him so much b/c of the brotherly relationship. He’s a senior who I hope is headed for the NFL next year. I hope the Maynard to Allen connection doesn’t get in his way, if it can be put that way. To the contrary, perhaps that connection actually helps Jones get open more.

    I don’t know – just throwing it out there for discussion.

  • Yoda

    Uh huh, I have the same concern. Allen is great, but better balance between two excellent receiver makes for a better team offense.

  • covinared

    Jones would be closer if he didn’t have so many drops. Last week was a good sign because the 3 starting wideouts had similar stats. If Allen gets doubled one of the others should be open.

  • Bears

    Don’t forget the backs and TE’s.
    They were more involved in the game this past Saturday.
    Great sign if everyone is contributing.
    Allen is a star and love the guys attitude and ability.
    Golden Bear offense, improving!

  • Oops. Thanks for pointing that out, David. Perhaps I should have went to sleep and waited until the morning to post that!

  • H8sRed

    Perhaps you should have “gone” too sleep earlier so that your high school English teacher doesn’t get too discouraged. (Sorry, JO. I just couldn’t help myself.)

  • Juancho

    Sleep isn’t a destination like Hawaii, it’s a biological process.

    JO should have “slept”, without “going” anywhere.

    Cal English Minor!!!

  • Juancho

    Keenan stands out on the team as far as a true national talent. I think in a couple years time we have a chance at fielding a lot of guys of that type of talent on defense.

    We need to recruit studs on offense and have more than one at a time here.

    We need Shaq Thompson, we have Bryce Treggs, we have Dozier, we need a stud back to come in with them, in addition to Kline. If that happens that will potentially be the class that gives us a realistic shot at a Rose Bowl. IF everything goes perfectly.

    Our recruiting on D has been great the past two years. But we’ve got to start getting more than one offensive standout per year.

    I’m not sure we had a single one this past year. I suppose Bigelow could arguably be in that category. We used to have Desean and Hawkins and Jordan and Lynch and Rodgers. How did that team not make the rose bowl?

  • bean

    @juancho, that team would have but for a scandal-ridden school and a Mack-ridden school.

  • calgrizzlybear

    be sure to vote for Allen here is the linkhttps://apps.facebook.com/paulhornung/contests/156677/voteable_entries

  • Mr. B

    Is there any way to vote for KA#21 in that Paul Hornung contest without having a Facebook account? Thanks…

    Go BEARS!

  • Raf

    hahahaha @H8sRed and JO… “gone” vs. “went” never could get those straight my damn self. Tho “too” vs “to” has been a relatively easy one. 😉

  • Calduke

    Uh Huh;

    You bring up a sensitive area in regards to Keenan and his brother, Zack; however, I agree with you.
    Maynard shows a definite bias towards Keenan and the other receivers have not been recognized by Zack.
    I think Jones has been affected the most and it’s not because he has dropped passes.
    Once Zack looks at Allen – that’s where he is going.
    USC defenders said they could read where Zack was going and they recognized once Zack looked in Allen’s direction they knew he was going there.
    In defense of Zack, he seemed to be more ‘aware’ of the other receivers in the Utah game.
    Allen should have good stats to show the NFL.

  • Raf

    Jones is on pace to have his best year as a bear and is currently ranked #34 overall in the nation in yards/game. He’s gonna be just fine.