BERKELEY – Former Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen was named the NFL’s 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America on Tuesday. Allen led all NFL rookies during the 2013 regular season with 71 catches, 1,046 yards receiving and eight touchdown receptions during his first campaign with the San Diego Chargers.
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. He 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 and a team-high six catches for games highs of 142 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers’ loss at Denver in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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). He also holds a school record for the longest pass play in school history when he had a 90-yard touchdown reception at Washington in 2011. Allen's career was highlighted by a 2011 sophomore season in which he earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was one of 10 national semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award after posting career and team highs of 98 receptions and 1,343 receiving yards that were both second on Cal's all-time single-season lists, while adding a career-high-tying six touchdown catches.
The National Football League will announce its honors from the 2013 season during “NFL Honors”, a two-hour prime-time awards special from Radio City Music Hall in New York City airing live the night before Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 1 (8 p.m. ET, FOX).