July 20, 2012
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Cal junior wide receiver Keenan Allen was named Friday to the watch list for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's 2012 Player of the Year honor, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Allen has been Cal's most decorated player prior to the 2012 season, earning nearly unanimous preseason All-American accolades and is on several national watch lists also including the Biletnikoff Award and Maxwell Award given annually to college football's top receiver and player.
Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 receiving yards and six touchdown catches in 2011, 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). He returns the fourth-highest per-game averages from 2011 of all active Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players for both receptions (7.54) and receiving yards (103.31).
Allen has career totals of 144 receptions, 1,833 receiving yards and 11 touchdown catches in two seasons at Cal. His 144 career receptions are only 58 shy of all-time school leader Geoff McArthur's career total of 202 from 2000-04, while he will start the 2012 season 1,355 receiving yards short of McArthur's career total of 3,188. The award is named for Walter Camp, "The Father of American football". Camp was first selected to an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale student-athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries, and the restriction of play to eleven players per side.
Season tickets for Cal's return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012 are currently on sale by calling (800) GO BEARS (800-462-3277), online at CalBears.com, or in person at the Sales and Service Center located in the Haas Pavilion Club Room Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT. More season-ticket information is available at CalBears.com. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium, visit californiamemorialstadium.com.
In addition to the Sept. 1 season-opener vs. Nevada, Cal's seven-game home schedule in 2012 includes contests against Pac-12 foes Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference game against Southern Utah.