Sept. 28, 2011
(LOUISVILLE) - Fans can now cast their vote on Facebook for Cal sophomore Keenan Allen to become a finalist for the 2011 Paul Hornung Award given annually to most versatile player in college football. Voting began Tuesday and fans can vote as often as once a day at votepaulhornung.com.
College football fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for players on the award's 2011 watch list and any player that has been named to the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll. Results of the fans' selection will count for one vote, adding to the votes cast by the 16-member selection committee.
Fans will also have the chance to vote for the winner from among the finalists in a second round of voting starting December 9.
Allen leads the nation with the career-high 498 receiving yards he has posted after only four games on his 30 catches. He ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game (124.50) and 12th in receptions per contest (7.50), while adding a team-high-tying three touchdown catches. He also has three rushes for 21 yards, a punt return for seven yards and even a completion of 27 yards to quarterback Zach Maynard in his lone pass attempt of the season to total a team-high 526 all-purpose yards.
Allen had his biggest day at Cal in his most recent contest at Washington on September 24, posting career bests of 10 catches and 197 receiving yards (fifth-most all-time in a single game at Cal) to lead all receivers in the contest and earn Wide Receiver Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards. In the first quarter, he took a short pass from Maynard and turned it into a 90-yard TD reception that is now the longest pass play in Cal history. He added two rushes for 20 yards to finish with a career-high 217 all-purpose yards. In addition, eight of his 10 catches were for first downs.
Allen put himself on the 2011 preseason watch list for the Hornung Award after a record-setting rookie season as a freshman in 2010 when he was a fourth-team Freshman All-American according to Phil Steele and an honorable mention pick of College Football News. Scout also honored Allen as a second-team All-Pac-10 choice as an all-purpose player, while he was a fourth-team All-Pac-10 pick of Steele at wide receiver. Allen posted one of the top campaigns by a true freshman wide receiver in school history, setting a single-season Cal record for receptions with 46 catches for 490 yards, surpassing current Philadelphia Eagles player DeSean Jackson's previous record of 38. Both his receptions and receiving yards were second on the team behind Marvin Jones, while he added a team-high five touchdown grabs. Allen also led the Bears with a kick return average of 22.6 yards on a team-high 18 returns to rank ninth in the Pac-10 and 85th nationally. He rushed 18 times for 136 yards (third on the squad) and a touchdown on the ground, and even threw a 17-yard touchdown to Jones on his only passing attempt. Allen's final total of 1,040 all-purpose yards (136 rush, 490 receiving, 8 punt return, 406 kick return) was second on the club behind Shane Vereen, while his 36 points scored were third. In addition, he 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). He 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. Allen totaled 176 all-purpose yards against the Aggies by adding 38 yards rushing and a touchdown on three carries, as well as one kick return for 18 yards.
The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by multi-talented college football players that often go unnoticed.
"Our goal from day one with the Paul Hornung Award has been to recognize versatile players that excel at multiple positions to help their teams win, which is how I played the game," Hornung said.
Texas Roadhouse signed on as presenting sponsor of the Paul Hornung Award in 2011 and is teaming with the Louisville Sports Commission to power fan voting on Facebook. Players from all FBS teams are eligible and appearing on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List is not a prerequisite for winning the award. The selection committee, comprised of 16 national sports journalists and former college and NFL players, will narrow the field to approximately three to five finalists in early December then will select the winner from among the finalists following the bowl season in early January. Finalists will be announced on paulhornungaward.com and at the Louisville Sports Commission Breakfast December 9.
The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players that often go unnoticed.
Cal (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) is in the midst of a bye week before traveling to Eugene for a nationally-televised ESPN 3D contest against No. 9/11 Oregon (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) on Thursday, Oct. 6. Kickoff time is slated for 6 p.m. PT.
The Bears' next home game at San Francisco's AT&T Park is against USC the following Thursday, Oct. 13. The Bears-Trojans' game is also a nationally-televised ESPN 3D affair with a kickoff of 6 p.m. PT.
The commercial radio broadcast of all Cal football contests can be heard on the IMG College Sports Radio Network, with KGO 810 AM in San Francisco serving as the flagship station and the broadcast also available live online at CalBears.com. KALX 90.7 FM offers fans the student radio broadcast.
Single-game Cal football tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at CalBears.com, or by calling the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS.
In addition to the USC contest, the remainder of Cal's 2011 home schedule at AT&T Park includes games against Utah (Sat., Oct. 22), Washington State (Sat., Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Sat., Nov. 12).
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal is hosting its home contests outside of Berkeley in 2011 for the first time since Memorial Stadium opened while the venue undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium as well as the Memorial Stadium webcam, visit stadium.berkeley.edu.
REMAINING 2011 CAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
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