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Keenan Allen
Player Profile:
Keenan Allen 1260436
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
Year: Junior
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
High School: Northern Guilford HS/Grimsley HS
Experience: SQ

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Features: 2012 Game Program Feature | 2011 Game Program Feature | Walter Camp Watch List | Biletnikoff Watch List | SI Preseason All-American | GEICO Play of the Year Nominee | Daily Californian (10/4/12) | Daily Orange (9/27/12) | Columbus Dispatch (9/14/12) | Columbus Dispatch (9/13/12) | CFPA Punt Returner Performer of the Week (9/9/12) | Rivals (12/5/11) | San Francisco Chronicle (10/28/11) | San Francisco Chronicle (10/19/11) | Rivals (12/14/10)

Intention to Declare for the 2012 NFL Draft

CAL CAREER (Career Stats): Announced his intention to enter the 2013 NFL Draft on Dec. 5, 2012, after playing three seasons at Cal ... Cal's all-time leader with 205 receptions, while ranking third on the school's career list with 2,570 receiving yards and seventh with 17 touchdown catches ... had career averages of 77.9 receiving yards per game and 12.5 receiving yards per catch over 33 contests and 29 starts ... totaled 3,458 all purpose yards (104.8 per game) to rank just outside the school's all-time top 10 ... added 30 rushes for 258 yards (7.7 ypr) and two touchdowns on the ground, with a long of 45 yards against Washington as a freshman; 21 punt returns for 252 yards including a career-long 69-yard touchdown return against Southern Utah as a junior; and 18 kick returns for 406 yards including a long of 61 versus Arizona State also as a freshman ... scored 120 career points on 17 touchdown catches, two rushing TDs and one punt return score ... on the receiving end of a 90-yard touchdown pass from Zach Maynard at Washington in 2011 that is the longest pass play in school history ... his 13 catches against USC in 2011 is tied for third on Cal's single-game reception list, while his 197 receiving yards at Washington the same season is fifth ... equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest player in Cal history to reach both 1,000 career receiving yards in his 16th career contest vs. Utah and 100 career receptions in his 18th game against Washington State, both in 2011, as Jackson reached both respective marks in 2006 in the same number of total games in his career ... had at least one reception in each of his 33 collegiate contests and at least two in each of his last 29 games ... completed all three of his career passes he attempted for 52 yards and a touchdown, giving him an astronomical career passer efficiency rating of 355.60 ... had 34 career catches of 20 or more yards and added another two "explosive" plays on the ground for a career total of 36 ... had seven career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth on Cal's all-time list ... led or co-led all Cal receivers in receptions 26 times and receiving yards on 18 occasions over 33 collegiate contests ... also had seven tackles.

2012 (Game-by-Game Stats): Earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in a vote of the league's coaches as he started each of the nine games he played in and finished the season with team highs of 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches despite missing the final three games due to an injury suffered late in the ninth game of the season at Utah ... totaled five touchdown catches in his final five games ... ranked third in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally in receptions (6.78 rpg), as well as sixth in the league and 36th nationally in receiving yards (81.89 ypg) at the end of the regular season ... also returned 21 punts for 252 yards and a touchdown, and lead the conference while ranking fifth nationally in punt returns at the end of the regular season with an average of 14.13 yards per return ... ranked 10th in the conference and 66th nationally in all purpose yardage (109.78), and 22nd in the Pac-12 in scoring (5.33 ppg) at the end of the regular season ... second the team among non-quarterbacks with nine "explosive plays" of 20 or more yards from the line of scrimmage ... became Cal's all-time leader in receptions in the final game of his collegiate career at Utah when he surpassed previous record-holder Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04) ... posted his biggest game of the season statistically at Washington State when he made 11 catches for 166 yards, including a season-long 69-yarder for a touchdown to earn honorable mention Wide Receiver Performer of the Week honors from the CFPA, while adding two punt returns for 14 yards and a season-high 180 all purpose yards ... had nine receptions on two occasions in back-to-back games at Ohio State (80 yards receiving) and USC (93 yards receiving), adding an eight-yard completion to Zach Maynard on his lone passing attempt of the season against the Buckeyes ... had eight catches for 79 yards receiving and the lone two-touchdown reception game of his career against UCLA ... added six catches for 67 yards as well as two rushes for 35 yards and a touchdown on a season-long 39-yard run in the season opener against Nevada ... had five catches and a touchdown reception against both Southern Utah (69 yards) and Utah (61 yards), adding the biggest punt return day of his career against the Thunderbirds with three returns for 94 yards including the 69-yard touchdown return to earn CFPA National Punt Returner Performer of the Week honors ... had four receptions against Arizona State (79 yards) and Stanford (43 yards), adding a touchdown catch against the Sun Devils ... was nominated twice for the GEICO Play of the Year for the 69-yard punt return vs. Southern Utah and 69-yard touchdown reception at Washington State ... a midseason first-team All-Pac-12 selection by Phil Steele ... a preseason All-American, Heisman, national honors and National Player of the Year candidate ... a preseason Heisman Trophy contender according to Athlon, while Phil Steele listed him as a Heisman Trophy possible winner ... a second-team preseason All-American according to Athlon, Lindy's and Sports Illustrated, while Phil Steele had him as a third-team pick ... on watch lists for the Biletnikoff Award, CFPA Special Teams Trophy, CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy, Maxwell Award, Paul Hornung Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year given to the nation's top player, special teams player and receiver accordingly ... also a candidate for the Paul Warfield Award given annually to the country's top receiver and the Paul Hornung Award bestowed upon the nation's most versatile player ... a first-team preseason All-Pac-12 selection by Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's and Phil Steele ... one of Cal's Players to Watch according to Lindy's ... the nation's No. 2 draft-eligible wide receiver and No. 7 overall player according to Phil Steele, while Lindy's had him as the No. 3 wide receiver nationally overall ... listed by Lindy's as the No. 4 NFL talent in the Pac-12 and the No. 14 draft-eligible prospect overall prior to the campaign ... the No. 10 Fantasy Football wide receiver prior to the season according to both Lindy's and Phil Steele ... entered the season with the fourth-highest per-game averages from 2011 among all returning players in both receiving yards and receptions behind only Nick Harwell (Miami, OH), Marquess Wilson (Washington State) and Robert Woods (USC) in receiving yards, and Woods, Harwell and Tavon Auston (West Virginia) in receptions ... missed all of the team's spring practices due to injury.

2011 (Game-by-Game Stats): Played in 13 games with 11 starts ... a first-team All-Pac-12 selection for the first time in his career in a vote of the conference's coaches, while Phil Steele and Yahoo! Sports also had him as a first-team All-Pac-12 pick, while College Sports Madness had him on its third team ... third-team midseason All-American and first-team midseason All-Pac-12 according to Phil Steele ... won the team's Bear Backers MVP Award on the offensive side of the ball ... one of 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists for the honor given annually to the nation's top receiver ... a candidate for the Paul Warfield Award also given annually to the country's top receiver, and on watch lists for the College Football Performance Awards Wide Receiver Trophy as well as the Paul Hornung Award bestowed upon the nation's most versatile player ... posted career and team-high totals of 98 receptions, 1,343 receiving yards and six touchdown catches, with the receptions and receiving yards both ranking second on Cal's all-time single season lists behind school record holders Dameane Douglas (100 receptions in 1998) and Geoff McArthur (1,504 receiving yards in 2003) ... added nine rushes for 55 yards and four punt returns for 32 yards to total a team-high 1,430 all purpose yards ... got to the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season faster than anyone else in school history when he reached 1,000 receiving yards during his ninth game of the campaign against Washington State ... his per-game averages ranked second in the Pac-12 and 11th nationally in receptions (7.54), fourth in the conference and 10th nationally in receiving yards (103.31), and 12th in the conference and 72nd nationally in all purpose yards (110.00) ... led the nation in receiving yards per game for two weeks after contests against USC and Utah ... added a 13.7 yards per reception average that was the team's highest among receivers with an average of at least one catch per game ... had five 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for third in the Pac-12 ... led the team among non-quarterbacks with 18 "explosive plays" of 20 or more yards from the line of scrimmage ... led the team in receptions 12 times and receiving yards on eight occasions ... had a huge game at Washington, posting 10 catches and a career-high 197 receiving yards (fifth-most all-time in a single game at Cal and the seventh-most in a 2011 contest by a Pac-12 receiver) to earn Wide Receiver Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards for the first time in his career ... also added a season-high-tying two rushes for a season-high 20 yards vs. the Huskies, including a season-long 19-yarder, to finish with a career-high 217 all purpose yards ... took a short pass from Maynard in the first quarter at Washington and turned it into a 90-yard TD reception that is the longest pass play in Cal history ... came back in the next two games to post nine receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown at Oregon and then a career-high 13 receptions for 160 receiving yards vs. USC to pick up honorable mention CFPA Wide Receiver Performer of the Week honors both weeks ... the only Pac-12 player to post three games of 160 or more receiving yards in 2011 ... also had 100-yard receiving games in the first two contests of the season vs. Fresno State (8-112) and at Colorado (6-104-TD), adding a key 32-yard reception on first down and 30 yards to go in overtime and then two plays later catching a game-winning three-yard touchdown pass from Maynard at Colorado, when he also had a 27-yard completion to Maynard as well as a one-yard rush ... had at least five catches and 61 yards receiving in 12 of 13 games, with the only exception a three-catch, 29-yard contest against Oregon State ... had nine catches for 82 yards and a season-high-tying two rushes for eight yards in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas ... contributed eight receptions on two other occasions in addition to the Fresno State season opener vs. Washington State (85 yards) and Utah (78 yards, TD), adding one rush for eight yards vs. the Cougars ... had seven catches for 83 yards at UCLA, while adding one rush for 12 yards ... posted six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown at Stanford, with all of his receiving stats coming in the first quarter ... also had six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown against Presbyterian ... had five catches for 61 yards at Arizona State, while adding one rush for six yards ... had one receiving touchdown in four consecutive games at Colorado, vs. Presbyterian, at Washington and at Oregon ... had a season-high 20 punt return yards and a long punt return of 12 yards on a career-high-tying two punt returns vs. Washington State, while adding one punt return for seven yards vs. Fresno State and one for five against USC ... also contributed three tackles ... a second-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice of Phil Steele ... listed as having his "Stock Rising" on a Fantasy Flash sidebar in Cal's team section of Athlon's season preview magazine.

2010 (Game-by-Game Stats): Racked up the honors in a record-setting rookie season, highlighted by a fourth-team Freshman All-American selection from Phil Steele and an honorable mention Freshman All-American nod from College Football News ... also a second-team All-Pac-10 selection as an all purpose player according to Scout and a fourth-team All-Pac-10 choice of Phil Steele at wide receiver ... played in 11 games with nine starts ... posted one of the top seasons by a true freshman wide receiver in school history, setting a Cal single-season school record for receptions with 46 for 490 yards, surpassing DeSean Jackson's previous mark of 38 ... both his total receptions and receiving yards were second on the team behind Marvin Jones ... added a team-high five touchdown grabs, including one in each of the club's first two games vs. UC Davis and Colorado, and then one each in three consecutive contests vs. UCLA, at USC and against Arizona State ... also led the team with a kick return average of 22.56 yards per return on a team-high 18 returns to rank ninth in the Pac-10 and 85th nationally ... added 18 rushes for 136 yards (third on the team) and a touchdown on the ground, and even threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jones on his only passing attempt in the Big Game vs. Stanford ... ranked second on the club behind Shane Vereen with 1,040 all purpose yards (136 rush, 490 receiving, 8 punt return, 406 kick return) and third on the squad in scoring with 36 points ... led the team in receptions seven times and receiving yards on five occasions ... ranked among the Pac-10's top 15 in per-game averages for receptions (No. 13, 3.83), receiving yards (No. 15, 40.83) and all purpose yards (No. 15, 86.87) ... posted his biggest all purpose game of the season against Stanford, going for a season-high 188 all purpose yards, with a season-high-tying eight catches for 51 yards, two rushes for 17 yards and five kick returns for a career-high 120 yards, while also hitting Jones with the TD pass ... began his record-setting rookie season by making one of the most memorable debuts in Cal football history in the season opener against UC Davis when he caught four passes for a season-high 120 yards, including a season-long 48-yard touchdown reception, while totaling 176 all purpose yards by adding 38 yards rushing and a touchdown on three carries, as well as one kick return for 18 yards ... his 120 receiving yards against UC Davis were the most in a single game by any Cal receiver since LaReylle Cunningham had 138 at Maryland on Sept. 13, 2008 ... recorded a season-high-tying eight catches for 68 yards and a career-high six kick returns that he brought back for 106 yards at Oregon State for a total of 174 all purpose yards ... had 151 all purpose yards against Washington with career highs of seven rushes and 60 yards rushing, including a career-long 45-yarder, four catches for 46 yards, two kick returns for 37 yards, and a career-high-tying two punt returns (his lone two of the season) for a season-high eight yards ... totaled five triple-digit all purpose yardage games, adding another with 140 against Arizona State (team-high six catches, 40 yards; two kick returns, 106 yards) that included a career-long 61-yard kick return that was also the longest by a Cal player in 2010 as he earned Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career ... garnered several preseason honors prior to the start of his Cal career, including being named the nation's top freshman defensive back by Lindy's although he ended up playing wide receiver and being a returner in college ... also listed by Lindy's as the nation's No. 3 overall Pac-10 recruit as well as the No. 5 freshman nationally ... Athlon and Phil Steele both had him as Cal's top freshman, with Athlon also picking him as the No. 2 incoming freshman in the nation listed as an "athlete" while ranking him No. 8 in the Pac-10 among all players and No. 26 nationally ... Phil Steele also had him as the No. 3 freshman defensive back in the country.

NORTHERN GUILFORD HS/GRIMSLEY HS: A five-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... named to the Parade All-American squad as a 2009 senior ... ranked No. 5 in the country on the Rivals250 list, while checking in as both the nation's top safety and best overall player from North Carolina ... the country's No. 5 "athlete" and No. 33 player overall according to ESPN ... listed as the nation's No. 70 player overall by Sporting News ... played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl, returning one punt for 33 yards as well as one kickoff also for 33 yards ... listed as the No. 8 player overall by MaxPreps, which also showered him with first-team All-American honors as a senior ... had a huge season statistically as a senior with 145 tackles and eight interceptions on defense to go along with an astounding 53 offensive touchdowns to help his school win its first 3A Mid-State Conference championship and finish with a 12-2 overall record ... picked off nine passes to go along with 15 pass breakups, 64 tackles and three forced fumbles to earn All-State honors defensively as a junior, while adding 42 receptions for 880 yards and 14 touchdown catches, as well as 644 rushing yards and 12 TDs on the ground on only 39 carries on the offensive side of the ball ... transferred to Northern Guilford High School for his final two seasons after playing his first two prep campaigns at Grimsley High School, where he played for two seasons with his brother and former Cal quarterback Zach Maynard ... "the type of athlete who should make a major impact as a true freshman" according to Tom Lemming, while ESPN said "this guy is a really good football player."

PERSONAL: Full name is Keenan Alexander Allen ... born April 27, 1992 ... parents are stepfather Scott Lang and mother Dorie Maynard-Lang ... brother of former Cal quarterback Zach Maynard, who transferred from Buffalo to Cal and started 23 of 25 games possible at Cal from 2011-12 ... played high school football with former Cal teammates and current Cal players Chris McCain and cousin Maurice Harris ... major is African American studies.

Receptions: 13 (vs. USC, 2011)
Receiving Yards: 197 (at Washington, 2011)
Receiving TDs: 2 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Long Reception: *90TD (at Washington, 2011)
Rushes: 7 (vs. Washington, 2010)
Rushing Yards: 60 (vs. Washington, 2010)
Rushing TDs: 1 (vs. UC Davis, 2010)
Long Rush: 45 (vs. Washington, 2010)
Kick Returns: 6 (at Oregon State, 2010)
Kick Return Yards: 120 (vs. Stanford, 2010)
Long Kick Return: 61 (vs. Arizona State, 2010)
Punt Returns: 3 (twice, last vs. Southern Utah, 2012)
Punt Return Yards: 94 (vs. Southern Utah, 2012)
Punt Return TDs: 1 (vs. Southern Utah, 2012)
Long Punt Return: 69 (vs. Southern Utah, 2012)
Pass Completions: 1 (three times, last at Ohio State, 2012)
Pass Attempts: 1 (three times, last at Ohio State, 2012)
Passing Yards: 27 (at Colorado, 2011)
Passing TDs: 1 (at Stanford, 2010)
Long Pass: 27 (at Colorado, 2011)
All Purpose Yards: 217 (at Washington, 2011)
Tackles: 2 (at Nevada, 2010)
Points: 12 (three times, last vs. UCLA, 2012)
*Cal single-game record

LAST UPDATED: December 5, 2012

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