Football: No surprise — Keenan Allen to NFL draft

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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Jeff Faraudo

  • rollonubears

    Late second round. Best of luck KA. You’ll still be set for life.

  • Pasadena Dave

    The guys was a freak of nature amazing athlete that produced for us. I’m thankful he came to Cal, but for some reason, his early departure doesn’t sting as much as when Rodgers, Lynch or DJax left.

    I just think there was too much negativity surrounding the program, including the controversy around his brother, our record during his time in Berkeley and Tedford’s dismissal that unfortunately clouds all the positive things he brought to the program.

  • George Watson

    Alas, another Bear with mega-talent that didn’t play up – or wasn’t really allowed to play up – to it. I am sorry about Tedford, but hope the next regime won’t waste players. (It was happening to Bigelow, you just know it.)

  • George Watson

    Allen is – again, alas – yet another player who apparently won’t graduate. (He’s projected to go in Round 1 of the draft, so I guess, what’s the point of graduating?)

    Any bets on where Zach goes?

  • Easy Ed

    Bye KA, best of luck. Please remember you went to THE University of California when introduced on national TV