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Football: Ex-Cal star Keenan Allen named NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year by writers

His season ended with a playoff loss at Denver last weekend, but San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was named the NFL’s 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America.

The former Cal star led all NFL rookies with 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. He added six catches for 142 yards and two TDs in the playoff loss to Denver.

A third-round selection of the 2013 NFL Draft, Allen set team rookie receiving records in catches and yards as the league’s first rookie since 2011 to go over 1,000 yards receiving and the fifth since 2000.

Allen had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games twice, the first Chargers rookie to accomplish that since 1960, and his five total 100-yard games was also a San Diego rookie record.

He had nine receptions in two games, a regular-season high 128-yard receiving effort at Washington.

Allen played three seasons at Cal from 2010-12 and is the Golden Bears’ all-time leader in receptions (205), while ranking third in receiving yards (2,570) and touchdown catches (17).

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Keenan was so kind and friendly to my kids when he was at cal. Kid got a bad wrap. Love rooting for him.

  • Daniel Maxwell

    Will Tosh Lupoi be fired by UW in the ensuing days? If UW fired him before 1/13′ they’d owe him $700k. They can now let him go and pay him half- $350k. Should be interesting.