Dec. 14, 2010
BERKELEY - Keenan Allen picked up a pair of additional postseason honors Tuesday when he was named a fourth-team Postseason Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and an honorable mention Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com. The selections follows earlier nods last week as a second-team All-Pac-10 selection as an all-purpose player (Scout.com) and a fourth-team All-Pac-10 choice at wide receiver (Phil Steele).
Allen set a Cal single-season school record for receptions by a true freshman in 2010 with 46 catches for 490 yards (both second on the team behind Marvin Jones), while adding a team-high five-touchdown grabs. Allen surpassed DeSean Jackson's true freshman school record of 38 receptions set in 2005. In addition, Allen led the team with a kick return average of 22.6 yards on a team-high 18 returns to rank ninth in the Pac-10 at the end of the regular season, while adding 18 rushes for 136 yards (third on the team) and a touchdown on the ground, and even a 17-yard touchdown pass to fellow wide receiver Marvin Jones on his only passing attempt. Allen 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. He had his biggest all-purpose game of the season against Stanford, going for 188 all-purpose yards with a career-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. Allen 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 on Sept. 4 when he caught four passes for 120 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown reception. His 120 receiving yards were the most by a Cal wide receiver since LaReylle Cunningham had 138 yards at Maryland on Sept. 13, 2008 (surpassed later in the season by Marvin Jones' 161 receiving yards at Nevada).
Cal opens its 2011 season September 3 with a neutral-site non-conference game against Fresno State at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its 2011 home contests at San Francisco's AT&T Park while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit. The Bears' first home game at AT&T Park will be played against an opponent still to be determined on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Bears will return to a renovated Memorial Stadium for their 2012 home schedule.