Football: Knee limits Allen at Pro Day

Here’s a report courtesy of BANG’s Jon Wilner:

Receiver Keenan Allen hoped to show off his route-running skills in front of NFL scouts Thursday at Cal’s Pro Day.

His cranky left knee had other ideas.

“In warm-ups, it didn’t feel too good,” said Allen, a potential first-round pick in April’s NFL draft.

His Pro Day participation was limited to a hand-eye coordination drill — it came at the request of a scout from the Minnesota Vikings — in which Allen knelt down and caught a ball tossed from a few yards away.

Allen spent the rest of Pro Day supporting his draft-eligible teammates, including offensive lineman Brian Schwenke, cornerback Steve Williams and running back C.J. Anderson.

They spent several hours lifting weights and performing a series of on-field drills for scouts from approximately two dozen teams.

Asked if any performances stood out, Cal coach Sonny Dykes said: “I don’t ever ask (the scouts), because they don’t want to tell you.”

Allen missed the final three games of the ’12 season with a strained knee ligament, then suffered a setback last month and did not participate in drills in the NFL Scouting Combine.

He never planned to run the all-important 40-yard dash on Wednesday but hoped to be healthy enough to run pass patterns.

“I was frustrated,” he said. “(The knee) hasn’t been feeling normal since I tweaked it.”

Allen is expected to run the 40 at a workout for scouts next month in Greensboro, N.C., his hometown.

— Anderson was pleased with his 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds (unofficial). It was better than the combine; I’m happy about that,” he said.

 — Tailback Isi Sofele wasn’t invited to the combine, which increased the pressure to perform well at Berkeley. “I had to prove myself, let the scouts know what they were missing,” said Sofele, who reported a 4.49-second 40 time. “This was a huge day for me.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    If keenan slips into the secound round boy oh boy will he regret his decision to leave early. He could have been crabtree in the sonny mans scheme.

  • ScottyBear

    Tedford with yet another screw- up having Keenan Allen on kick-off team down by 22 points. Take a knee has another meaning with this one.

  • Juancho

    Wow scotty i had forgotten that. But youre right.

  • Steve W

    Why do I not give a crap what happens to this guy? Of all the talented players that have come through Cal in the last 25 years, he is perhaps my least favorite. Maybe it was that devil’s bargain that made me suffer through two excruciating years of watching his half brother launch wounded ducks all over the field. Or maybe it’s because just about every truly talented Cal athlete has left for the pros early in that time. Alex Mack and Russell White are two notable exceptions.

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    Steve W, I could not have said it better myself.

    It was that deal with the devil that sunk Tedford’s ship. I’ve got $20 that says when we KA21 in the pros, on tv, he’ll be saying “Whatever High School” and not Cal.

  • Kotempman

    Couldn’t agree more.. Steve W. and Nor-Cal…that’s a sure $20.00 win, you know that is coming…these five star athletes ( Jackson and Allen ) were a pain in the ???…off the field…wonder how many times Tedford made the whole team accountable because of a few that missed tutoring classes? Great to see Cal has the RIGHT coach now!!!!!