Nov. 14, 2011
(BERKELEY) - Sophomore Keenan Allen was one of ten players announced Monday as a semifinalist for the 2011 Biletnikoff Award by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation Inc. The award is named for Fred Biletnikoff, the Florida State All-America receiver and Pro Football Hall of Famer, and has been awarded annually to the nation's outstanding college football receiver for the past 16 years.
Allen is making his bid for All-American honors in 2011 and in the midst of one of the biggest seasons ever by a Cal receiver, leading the Bears with 78 receptions, 1,103 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. Allen's receptions and receiving yards through the team's first 10 games already rank him third on Cal's all-time single-season lists. He is on pace to finish a 13-game season with 101 receptions and 1,434 as he pursues Dameane Douglas' school-record 100 receptions in 1998 and the school-record 1,504 receiving yards posted by Geoff McArthur in 2003.
Allen's per-game numbers in 2011 rank eighth nationally in receptions (7.80 rpg) and 10th in receiving yards (119.33). On the Pac-12's lists, he is second in receptions and third in receiving yards.
Through his first 21 career games at Cal, Allen has totals of 124 receptions, 1,593 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches. He also has six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth all-time at Cal. Allen has already set one record in 2011 when he caught a 90-yard touchdown pass from Zach Maynard at Washington that was the longest pass play in school history. He has also made at least one reception in each of his 21 contests.
The next vote of the Biletnikoff Selection Committee will determine the award's top three finalists and will be announced on November 21.
The winner of the 2011 Biletnikoff Award will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on December 8, at 9:00 p.m. EST, on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature the live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney's Spirit Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Fans can visit the show's dedicated website at espncollegefootballawards.com to find the latest college football awards news, including show details, previous winners, fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.
The Biletnikoff Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the University Center Club at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, on February 11, 2012.
Voters for the Biletnikoff Award consist of sportswriters who cover college football on a national, regional, or conference level, past winners of the Biletnikoff Award, and distinguished receivers of the past. No members of the Biletnikoff Selection Committee or Trustees of the Tallahassee Quarterback Club can vote.
ESPN will telecast Allen and his Cal teammates when they take on Stanford in the 114th Big Game to be played at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19. The contest is scheduled to kick off at 7:15 p.m. PST.
Cal has won seven of the last nine meetings between the teams but Stanford holds an all-time 56-46-1 edge in a rivalry that began in 1892 and is now the 10th longest in major college football.
Cal (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) has won two in a row and three out of four overall to become bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. Stanford (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12) suffered its first defeat of the season and had a 17-game win streak that was the longest in the nation snapped with a 53-30 home loss to Oregon on Saturday.
The commercial radio broadcast of all Cal football games can also be heard on the IMG College Sports Radio Network, with KGO 810 AM in San Francisco serving as the flagship station. The KGO broadcast is also available live online at CalBears.com, while KALX 90.7 FM offers fans the student radio broadcast.
After playing Stanford in the Big Game, Cal will close out its 2011 regular season with another ESPN telecast at Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 25 (8:15 p.m. MST/7:15 p.m. PST).
Cal hosted its 2011 home contests at San Francisco's AT&T Park but is scheduled to return to a renovated Memorial Stadium to play its 2012 home schedule. 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