By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 3:18 pm in Football.
A week after tweeting “Decision made!” Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen officially announced he intends to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Allen, projected as a high first-round draft choice, said he is grateful for his experience at Cal.
“I have always dreamed of having an opportunity to play in the NFL, and my time at Cal has helped me get to the point in my career where I believe I am ready to take that next step,” he said in a statement. “I am thankful for my experience at Cal and am excited about what the future holds.”
Allen is Cal’s career leader with 205 receptions. He ranks third in Cal history with 2,570 receiving yards and caught 17 touchdown passes.
Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards as a sophomore in 2011. He had 61 catches for 737 yards and six TDs this season when he suffered a knee injury in Cal’s ninth game. The injury was not considered serious and is not expected to have an impact on his draft status.
Although Allen is one of the great wideouts in Cal history, the Bears should move forward easily without him. Wide receiver is one of the team’s deepest positions.
Back for their sophomore seasons will be: Chris Harper (41 receptions-544 yards-2 TDs), Bryce Treggs (21-216-1) and Darius Powe (12-134-1). Treggs missed Cal’s final three games with a nagging ankle sprain and Powe emerged late while he was sidelined.
Cal’s biggest position questions for next season are quarterback, offensive line and safety.
And, of course, head coach.
I’m assuming they will have one by then.
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