2018 NFL Draft

Keenan Allen, WR

School: California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 206 lbs.
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04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 26. WR Keenan Allen, California (6-2, 206, 3JR)...A talented all-around pass catcher, Allen has the size, speed and strong hands to be a productive target at the next level. His knee needs to check out medically. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 23. *Keenan Allen, WR, California: Recruited by Nick Saban to play safety at Alabama, scouts knew Allen (6-2, 206) had the physicality to warrant comparisons to Anquan Boldin. Unfortunately, he also demonstrated the same lack of ideal speed as the former Florida State standout during a personal Pro Day for scouts April 9. By clocking in at 4.70-4.76 seconds and raising further questions with a flagged drug test from the combine, Allen could easily slip into the second round. I'm higher on him than most. Criticize that fact now. Remember it later. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/17/2013 - California wide receiver Keenan Allen's drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine was red-flagged, according to an ESPN report. The report said Allen's test showed suspicious levels of water -- a sign that someone could be attempting to flush their system -- and was ordered to take another drug test. Results of that test are not known, and Allen's agent, J.T. Johnson, said his client did not fail a drug test.

Once considered a potential mid-first round pick, Allen's stock has been freefalling since he suffered a PCL injury to his left knee in October. That ended his junior season with the Bears and kept him from working out at the combine. However, he did go through team interviews, a thorough medical check and the drug testing.

He finally returned to the field to work out for NFL teams in Greensboro, N.C., on April 9, but turned in disappointing 40-yard dash times in the 4.70-4.76 range. Allen is still building up the muscles around his knee and he did look good in positional drills last week, but the reports of a flagged drug test will only continue to weigh down his stock nine days before the NFL Draft.

Allen is currently the No. 35-rated prospect overall and No. 4 receiver by NFLDraftScout.com. He might be the best all-around wide receiver prospect in this class, but the combination of a knee injury, a general lack of explosiveness and now potential off-field concerns will likely land him in the second round.

Allen, 6-feet-2 and 206 pounds, left as Cal's career receptions leader despite playing fewer than three full seasons. He is expected to run faster once the muscles around the knee are stronger. He has no other known previous off-field issues. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

04/10/2013 - Keenan Allen clocks 4.71 in 40; Mayock doesn't 'care'...Where Keenan Allen lands in the draft will boil down to how teams view what he brings to the table -- and what he doesn't. The Cal wide receiver was clocked by NFL Network's Mike Mayock at 4.71 and 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Allen's pro day Tuesday, confirming that blazing speed is not a quality he offers.

He's been hampered by a posterior cruciate ligament injury throughout the draft process, but doctors now describe Allen's left knee as fully healthy after he re-injured it in January. Trainers told Mayock that Allen only has 75 percent to 80 percent of his explosion, but said "that's what comes last" in the healing process. Allen recently told The Sacramento Bee that he's only about 85 percent back.

"Let me preface the whole 40-yard conversation with this," Mayock told NFL Network's "Path to the Draft." "Three months ago, I said -- if you watch this kid on tape -- if you like him, he's Anquan Boldin. If you don't like him, he's speed-deficient. So I don't really care what he runs in the 40. On tape, to me, he's a 4.55 guy all day long."

Mayock called Allen's 40 results "not a good time," but scouts and coaches told him they expect Allen to be faster down the road. What he gives you, according to Mayock, is "a big, powerful, wide receiver" who might go anywhere from No. 25 to No. 45 in the 2013 NFL Draft. "I believe in his toughness and his hands," Mayock said, confirming that he would, indeed, "bang the table" for Allen (and in Mayock's universe, that's a compliment of the highest order). - Marc Sessler, NFL.com

04/10/2013 - Former Cal football player Keenan Allen held his own Pro Day for approximately 30 NFL scouts at Proehlific Park on Thursday. According to NFL.com, Allen was clocked by Mike Mayock of the NFL Network in 4.71 and 4.75 seconds in two 40-yard dashes.

Allen had not tested at either the NFL Combine or Cal's Pro Day due to a knee injury he suffered during the 2012 season and reinjured in January while training for the combine. Allen recently told the Sacramento Bee that he's only about 85 percent back. Allen has been a projected first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by many experts. The 2013 NFL Draft will take place April 25-27 at Radio Music City Hall in New York City. - Cal football

04/09/2013 - Per several reports, Allen's knee is 100 percent healthy, but the surrounding muscles are only about 75 percent healed, which hampered him during Tuesday's workout and kept him from performing the vertical jump or broad jump drills. He isn't an explosive or fast player to begin with, but is able to be productive due to his natural body control, sharp routes and ability to catch everything thrown his way.

The below-average 40-yard dash times likely won't hurt Allen's draft value, but concerns over the health of his knee could push his name down teams' draft boards. This year's draft class doesn't have that clear-cut No. 1 receiver like a Calvin Johnson or A.J. Green type of prospect. But there are several very talented wideouts worthy of first-round consideration, and when healthy Allen is definitely one of them. However, worries about the health of the knee now makes it more likely he will be selected in the late first or early second round, rather than the top 20.

Maybe the most unfortunate aspect of Allen's long road back is that the original injury occurred in the final minutes of a game against Utah that was already out of reach for California. It also happened on kickoff coverage. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/09/2013 - When healthy, California's Keenan Allen might be the best all-around wide receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft class. But a PCL injury to his left knee last October, which ended his junior season prematurely, has kept him sidelined thus far through the draft process.

However, Allen was finally able to work out Tuesday in front of NFL scouts, running the 40-yard dash and catching the ball in Greensboro, N.C., at Ricky Proehl's facility. He ran his 40 in the 4.70-4.76 range, according to those in attendance, a number that obviously comes with an asterisk due to Allen's lengthy knee rehab. Allen did look good catching the ball, showing polished routes, reliable hands and good vision to track the ball and watch it into his large mitts.

Allen is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 wide receiver and No. 32 prospect overall. He began and ended the 2012 season as NFLDraftScout.com's top player at the position, but the knee injury has inched him down the rankings. Allen currently sits at No. 25 (to the Vikings) in Rob Rang's mock draft and at No. 27 (to the Texans) in Dane Brugler's first-round mock. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/17/2013 - 2013 California Pro Day: Representatives from 30 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at California, where 16 players went through a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in beautiful weather in Berkeley. The entire coaching staff of the Oakland Raiders was in attendance, as was Minnesota Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart.

Keenan Allen, WR (6-foot-2 1/2, 214 pounds) - Allen is dealing with both a knee problem and a hamstring issue. He caught the ball while stationary from Stewart. Allen is scheduled to have a separate workout in Greensboro, N.C. on April 9. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/07/2013 - California junior wide receiver Keenan Allen said at the NFL Scouting Combine he would run at the team's scheduled pro day, but he won't be ready for next week's workout. Instead, Allen will hold a workout April 9 at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, N.C., a venue owned by former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl. Asked in Indianapolis if he'd be part of the Golden Bears' pro day, Allen said, "Yes, sir. March 14." He's recovering from a posterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee. Speed is the biggest doubt he must erase for scouts, who are split on whether he's a top-20 talent.

Allen (6-2, 206) initially signed a letter of intent with Alabama. But when coach Nick Saban plotted to use him at safety at the same time Allen's half-brother Zach Maynard and two other high school teammates enrolled at Cal, he switched his commitment to Cal. In Saban's defense, Allen had 17 interceptions as a junior and senior. To Allen's point, he also scored 53 touchdowns on offense as a senior at Northern Guilford High School, where he played his final two years as a prep and was a Parade All-American. Scouts fear he's a "strider" with build up speed, lacking the suddenness or quick-twitch aspect to his game to separate from NFL cornerbacks.

In his favor: He runs crisp routes and lined up in the slot on third down, so he's versed at three wide receiver positions. This isn't to be underestimated in an age where formation flexibility can be a trump card. And, lest we remind that just last August, the Jaguars decided they needed to limit fifth overall pick Justin Blackmon to one position to help facilitate his assimilation to an NFL offense. Allen said he compares himself to Anquan Boldin - beyond productive, but famously timed in the 4.6 range in the 40 -- but claims to have never been timed in the 40-yard dash. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: A candidate to be the first wide receiver drafted, California's Keenan Allen hasn't played football since October, suffering a left knee injury against Utah and missing the final three games of 2012. The injury was considered a sprain of the posterior cruciate ligament and didn't require surgery. While it isn't a large concern, teams considering Allen in the first round will rest easy if the knee checks out OK. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - Keenan Allen, projected by many NFL Draft analysts as a first-round pick in April's draft, will not work out at this week's combine in Indianapolis, his agent J.T. Johnson confirmed to CBSSports.com Wednesday morning.

The 6-3, 212-pound Allen, whom NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock compared to Baltimore Ravens star Anquan Boldin, is Cal's all-time leader in receptions. Allen caught 205 passes for 2,570 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons in Berkeley despite the Bears struggles in the passing game. Last season, Allen missed three games due to what had been deemed a Grade 2 posterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee. NFL teams have been eager to gauge Allen's speed and were hopeful to see him run the 40 in Indianapolis, but they'll have to wait about six more weeks to do so.

Allen had some swelling in his knee while he was training. He went to get an MRI and saw noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who diagnosed Allen as having a Grade 2 PCL strain. According to Allen's agent, Andrews told the 20-year-old wideout that his injury should not ever require surgical intervention. Allen is scheduled to have a follow-up exam with Andrews on March 11. Allen will continue to do rehab to strengthen his quad muscles while the knee heals, and he will run routes only at Cal's pro day March 14, Johnson said. - By Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

12/05/2012 - An extremely highly regarded prep prospect who was recruited by Nick Saban to Alabama to play safety, Allen elected to make a late switch to Cal to play with his half-brother, quarterback Zach Maynard, who had transferred to Berkeley after initially playing at the University of Buffalo.

While a highly productive player against quality competition, Allen does not boast the elite size-speed combination that has led A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Justin Blackmon to earn a top 10 selection in recent years. Allen is athletic and capable of turning short catches into long gains due to his agility, balance and vision but does not possess elite acceleration. Allen's size, physicality and relatively precise route-running should help him emerge as a legitimate No. 1 wideout in the NFL, especially in a timing-based West Coast Offense that caters to his strengths. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/05/2012 - Cal junior wide receiver Keenan Allen made the announcement Wednesday most had been expecting - he's foregoing his senior season to enter the 2013 NFL draft. "I have always dreamed of having an opportunity to play in the NFL, and my time at Cal has helped me get to the point in my career where I believe I am ready to take that next step," Allen said in a statement released through the university. "I am thankful for my experience at Cal and am excited about what the future holds." The future is expected to hold a first round selection if the 6-3, 210 pound Allen can assure scouts that he is over the left knee injury which sidelined him for the final three games of the 2012 season.

Despite the injury, Allen ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's top wide receiver for the 2013 draft and leaves atop Cal's record books with 205 career receptions. He finished his career with 2,570 career receiving yards and 17 touchdown receptions. Allen had 61 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns in nine games this season for the Golden Bears despite being the focus of every opponents' defensive alignment. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/27/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION: WR Keenan Allen, Jr.,...has been selected All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season. Allen finished with team highs of 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches in 2012 despite missing the final three games due to injury. He currently ranks third in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally in receptions (6.78 rpg), as well as sixth in the league and 37th nationally in receiving yards (81.89 ypg). In addition, he leads the conference and ranks seventh nationally in punt returns with an average of 14.13 yards per return, while ranking ninth in the conference and 64th nationally in all-purpose yardage (109.78), and 23rd in the Pac-12 in scoring (5.33 ppg).

In his final game of the season at Utah, he became Cal's all-time leader in receptions with 205 to surpass former record-holder Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04). Through 33 games over his first three seasons at Cal with at least one catch in each one, he also has 2,570 career receiving yards to rank third all-time at the school and 17 touchdown catches to rank seventh. He is also only the second player in Cal history to have two single seasons among the school's top-10 all-time in receptions. His 98 receptions for 1,343 yards in 2011 were both second, while his 61 receptions in 2012 ranked ninth. - Cal football

11/18/2012 - WR Keenan Allen missed the final three games of the season with a knee injury. He is eligible to return to Cal next season but may enter the NFL Draft instead.

11/16/2012 - While he will undoubtedly make a nice living as an NFL wide receiver, Keenan Allen treasured his nearly three years in the Cal program, so much so that missing the final three games of his junior season exacted an emotional toll from him. Allen, Cal's career reception leader with 205, is expected to declare for the NFL draft if he receives a positive predraft evaluation from the league. He missed the Washington and Oregon games with a knee injury that will also prevent him from playing in Cal's season finale against Oregon State on Saturday night in Corvallis.

"He's been very emotional about it," coach Jeff Tedford said. "The first game he could not play, he was very emotional in the locker room. He was in tears. It hits you when you get in that environment with the guys and you can't go out there with them." Allen will be joined on the sideline, inactive, by his half-brother, quarterback Zach Maynard, who has a knee injury that will cause him to miss the last two games of his Cal career. "He was very disappointed last week not to be able to play in his last home game," Tedford said of the Oregon game. - John Crumpacker, The San Francisco Chronicle

11/06/2012 - 11/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 3. Keenan Allen, WR, California: Allen has had a good junior campaign as easily the best player on Cal's offense. A knee injury suffered last week could end his season and possibly his collegiate career if he decides to go pro as a projected first round pick. Against Utah on October 27, Allen sprained his PCL in his left knee and is expected to be out for a few weeks. And with only two games left on the schedule and no bowl game, it looks likely that the next time he plays football will be at the NFL level. But before the debate can begin on whether or not he's the top receiver prospect for next April's draft, Allen's knee needs to check out medically. Although considered minor and he's expected to be healthy for any pre-draft workouts, knee injuries are rarely that simple and it is unknown if the injury could have any lingering effects. But at this point it's all speculation until we know the severity of the sprain. Of course, this could all be a moot point if Allen decides to pass on the NFL and return to Berkley for his senior season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/17/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: 1. WR Keenan Allen, 6-3, 210, Cal: Why he has the top spot: Allen went up against Washington State's 105th ranked defense on Saturday and took advantage of it. The junior wide receiver caught 11 passes for 166 yards, which were both season-highs. The 166-yard receiving total included a 69-yard TD catch, which was Allen's longest of the season. The 11 receptions gives Allen 196 for his career, second on the school's all-time list, trailing only Geoff McArthur's (2000-04) 202. Season stats (seven games): 52 receptions, 633 yards, 5 touchdowns; 3 carries, 39 yards, 1 touchdown. Player ranking: Allen is ranked 10th overall and is the highest-rated WR in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. With his numbers so far this season, Allen is making a strong case to be a top-10 overall pick. Up next: This Saturday is shaping up to be a historic one for Allen. With seven catches, the junior would become Cal's all-time leader in receptions. The record will probably be even sweeter for Allen if he sets it on Saturday, knowing he set it in the 115th Big Game against rival Stanford. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

10/10/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: Keep an eye on: WR Keenan Allen, 6-3, 210, Cal: Why you should watch him: Allen is quietly putting together another great season in Berkeley. In the Bears' 43-17 win over UCLA, the senior wide receiver caught eight passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. The electrifying Allen has four touchdown catches, a touchdown run and a punt return for a touchdown on the season. Now all he needs is a touchdown pass. Season stats (six games): 41 receptions, 467 yards, 4 touchdowns; 3 carries, 39 yards, 1 touchdown. Player ranking: Allen is ranked 10th overall and is the highest-rated WR in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. With his numbers so far this season, Allen is making a strong case to be a top-10 overall pick. Up next: Allen has yet to hit the 100-yard mark in a game this season, but that could change on Saturday when Cal travels to Washington State. The Cougars' pass defense ranks 11th in the Pac-12 and 118th in the country, surrendering 302.8 yards per game. The only thing that might slow Allen down is the weather, the game kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET and temperatures will be hovering around the 30s once the sun sets. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

10/07/2012 - Zach Maynard matched his career high with four touchdown passes and added a fifth on the ground and California took advantage of six turnovers to stun No. 25 UCLA 43-17 on Saturday night. Coming off one of the worst games of his career, Maynard threw an interception on the first series of the game and repeatedly picked himself up off the turf at Memorial Stadium after getting drilled by the Bruins defense to help the Golden Bears (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) end their three-game losing streak. Johnathan Franklin rushed for 103 yards for UCLA, which lost for the second time in three games and is likely to fall out of the rankings again. By beating the Bruins (4-2, 1-2) at home for the seventh straight time, the Bears might have also decreased some of the pressure on coach Jeff Tedford. Tedford had come under criticism from some alumni and boosters recently over the team's poor start. Richard Rodgers caught seven passes for 129 yards while Keenan Allen caught a pair of touchdowns and finished with eight receptions to move into third place on Cal's career list. Maynard, who completed only 9 of 28 passes in last week's loss to Arizona State, was almost flawless against UCLA. He completed 13 consecutive throws during one stretch in the second half and finished 25 of 30 for 295 yards. - AP Sports

09/30/2012 - WR Keenan Allen had four catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. The receiving touchdown was just his second of the season but was the 13th of his career, which ties him for eighth all-time at Cal. His 177 career receptions rank fourth all-time at Cal, three shy of Bobby Shaw. Allen also extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 29, which is every game he's played at Cal.

09/23/2012 - WR Keenan Allen had nine catches for a season-high 93 yards. He has 29 catches for 309 yards for the season and has caught at least one pass in all 28 games he's played at Cal. Allen now has 173 career receptions, moving him into fourth place on Cal's all-time list. Brian Treggs, father of current Cal receiver Bryce Treggs, is third with 180 catches.

09/16/2012 - WR Keenan Allen had nine catches for 80 yards, but he had no touchdown catches and has just one TD reception for the season. He has yet to get more than 80 receiving yards in a game this year.

09/14/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Bears improved over the second half of last season when they became more of a running team, and they were expected to be a run-oriented team this season. However, Cal has not run the ball as effectively as expected. Its 6.1 yards-per-carry average is skewed by the numbers achieved against outmanned Southern Utah. Cal has not shown an ability to consistently move the ball on the ground. Whether Isi Sofele's 104 yards against Southern Utah means he has found the rhythm he showed late last season is a question that will be answered against Ohio State. QB Zach Maynard has better numbers than last season, having completed 64.2 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and just one interception, but he has not yet taken the step to elite status that seemed possible at the end of last season. He still has accuracy issues, and he's a better passer when he's on the run than when he stands in the pocket, although he throws from the pocket most of the time. The wide receivers have been better than Cal could have hoped, with true freshman Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper providing a nice complement to the team's star, Keenan Allen. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Keenan Allen -- Always quarterback Zach Maynard's No. 1 target, Allen is capable of producing a big play as a pass receiver, runner or punt returner. He probably needs to create at least one big play against Ohio State for the Bears to have a chance. QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's something I've been looking forward to since I saw the schedule." -- Cal WR Keenan Allen, to the Oakland Tribune, regarding the game against Ohio State. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2012 - WR Keenan Allen had five receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown, and three punt returns for 94 yards and a touchdown. He collected 167 all-purpose yards in eight touches, and he has caught at least one pass in all 26 games he's played at Cal.

09/08/2012 - California cornerback Marc Anthony scored on a 61-yard interception return in the fourth quarter and the Golden Bears shook off another sluggish start at home to beat Southern Utah 50-31 on Saturday. Keenan Allen had two touchdowns, one on a 69-yard punt return, to help the Bears notch their first victory at newly renovated Memorial Stadium. A week after losing the home-opener to Nevada, Cal (1-1) had 518 yards of offense but couldn't shake Southern Utah, an FCS school playing its first season in the Big Sky Conference, until the fourth quarter when the Bears forced two turnovers and scored 30 points. Anthony, who tipped a Hail Mary pass the Thunderbirds converted into a touchdown just before halftime, made the biggest play after Southern Utah receiver Henna Brown appeared to run the wrong route on the first play of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Brad Sorensen threw a short pass intended for Brown, who kept running while Anthony turned to make the interception. Anthony then worked his way downfield into the end zone to help give Cal a 34-17 lead. The Bears piled on quickly after that. - AP Sports

09/06/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: Wide receiver Keenan Allen had five catches for 69 yards, which is a modest game by his standards, but he also had a 39-yard touchdown run in which he eluded several tackles. Allen has at least one catch in 25 straight games, which is every game he has played at Cal. He and the freshmen wideouts Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper were about the only bright spots. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Southern Utah at Cal, Sept. 8 -- The two teams have never met, but Cal should not have trouble handling Southern Utah, an FCS team that lost to Utah State 34-3 in its opener. The Bears are looking for their first win in renovated Memorial Stadium, and they have lost four in row at that site, having lost the final three games in 2010 before playing last season's home games at San Francisco's AT&T Park. KEYS TO THE GAME: Cal should have only two concerns -- turnovers and Southern Utah QB Brad Sorenson. The only thing that should prevent Cal from moving the ball is turnovers, and if the Bears avoid those, they should score plenty of points against a Southern Utah defense that yielded 581 yards to Utah State. Defensively, the Bears must apply some pressure to Sorenson, who was the Great West Conference Offensive Player of the Year last season and had some pro scouts watching him last week. However, he was just 12-for-31 against Utah State, and if Cal can apply some pressure, he will have trouble producing sustained drives. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Keenan Allen -- Always QB Zach Maynard's No. 1 target, Allen could put up some big numbers, assuming he is in the game long enough to amass some statistics. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 6. - The Sports XchangeKeenan Allen, WR, California: While Southern Cal's Robert Woods earned most of the hype in the Pac-12 a year ago, Allen is similarly gifted and at 6-3, 205, has even better size than the Trojans star. With all due respect to Woods and Tennessee's Justin Hunter, Allen is in a class by himself at the receiver position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/08/2012 - WR Keenan Allen, an all-conference selection last season who is on a number of preseason All-American lists, is still recovering from an offseason ankle injury and is not quite 100 percent as of July 24. He said he can make all the cuts, but he has not regained his conditioning. He estimates that he's at about 85 percent and said he'd have trouble going full speed for four quarters. He expects to be 100 percent by the time practice begins in earnest, but it is still a concern for Cal because he is such a vital part of the offense. Allen suffered ligament damage to his right ankle during a pickup basketball game in March. It required surgery and kept him out of spring ball. He is a junior this season, and many expect this to be his final college season before he turns pro. - The Sports Xchange

07/25/2012 - When Cal players assemble for their first football practice of what is called "fall" camp a week from Saturday, wide receiver Keenan Allen will be something less than 100 percent. About 15 percent less than 100 percent, in fact. "I'd say I'm about 85 percent," the premier wide receiver said Tuesday at Pac-12 Media Day at Universal Studios. "I feel I can make any cut I want to. It's about going a full four quarters. It gets fatigued at times." Like many athletes before him in sports other than basketball, Allen severely injured his ankle playing basketball. The injury to his right ankle occurred in early March, and he's still feeling the effects of his own hoops oops. "It definitely put me into a reality check," he said. "I'm not saying I was invincible, but I didn't think I'd get hurt. I play basketball every day. I didn't realize it was going to take four months. It feels like a year." The Bears will need Allen at full strength if they hope to improve upon last year's 7-6 season that ended with a loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl. A junior, Allen is expected to declare for the NFL draft after this season. Coach Jeff Tedford said he expects Allen to be fully recovered when the Bears open Sept. 1 against Nevada at renovated Memorial Stadium. "As far as I know, it's fine," Tedford said. "He's getting close to being 100 percent. We'll take it slow through camp to be sure he's where he needs to be." Allen said, "Probably right before camp I should be able to go a whole practice without feeling pain." - John Crumpacker, The San Francisco Chronicle

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Keenan Allen, junior, WR, California, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, 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. - Cal football

07/20/2012 - Top-five California prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. WR Keenan Allen...At 6-3, 205 pounds he possesses the light feet, balance and acceleration to make plays after the catch -- a rarity for receivers of his size. With former teammate Marvin Jones now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, defenses may have an easier time rolling coverages to try and limit Allen's touches in 2012. Whether he posts the statistics to be recognized with individual awards or not, Allen's worth will be shown on draft day -- when he'll compete to be the first receiver selected. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2012 - Top-five California prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. WR Keenan Allen...Signing Allen out of Greensboro, North Carolina was a recruiting coup for Cal. Allen, who was regarded by many as the elite prep wide receiver and safety prospect in the country at the time, was heavily pursued by virtually every team in the country and had originally signed a letter of intent with Alabama before joining his half-brother, quarterback Zach Maynard, and signing with Tedford. Upon signing with the Golden Bears, Allen quickly proved that he was well worth the hype, earning all-conference and even All-American accolades from some publications and breaking Philadelphia Eagles' star DeSean Jackson's freshman records for most receptions (46) and receiving yards (490) while also leading the team with five touchdown catches. Despite defenses keying in on him this past season, Allen took his game to another level, snaring 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six scores, earning First Team All-Pac-12 honors from the conference coaches. Allen rarely gets mentioned in the same breath nationally-speaking with Robert Woods, the talented young receiver from Southern California who joined Allen as a first team all conference selection a year ago but, frankly, Allen possesses more unique traits. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Keenan Allen, California, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Allen was one of 10 national semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award in 2011 when he caught 98 passes for 1,343 receiving yards and six touchdown catches, 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 yards short of McArthur's career total of 3,188. - Cal football

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Keenan Allen, California, WR, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Allen is a preseason All-American and national honors candidate in 2012 after catching 98 passes for 1,343 receiving yards and six touchdown catches last season, 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 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. - Cal football

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 10. *Keenan Allen, WR, California: While USC's Robert Woods earned most of the hype in the Pac-12 a year ago, Allen is similarly gifted and at 6-3, 205 pounds has even better size than the Trojans' star. Despite inconsistent play at quarterback last season, Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com