Keenan Allen

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Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen
Allen in 2013.
No. 13     San Diego Chargers
Wide receiver/ Punt returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-04-27) April 27, 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth: Greensboro, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Greensboro (NC) Northern Guilford
College: California
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Debuted in 2013 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions71
Receiving yards1,046
Receving average14.7
Receiving TDs8
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen
Allen in 2013.
No. 13     San Diego Chargers
Wide receiver/ Punt returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-04-27) April 27, 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth: Greensboro, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Greensboro (NC) Northern Guilford
College: California
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Debuted in 2013 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions71
Receiving yards1,046
Receving average14.7
Receiving TDs8
Stats at NFL.com

Keenan Alexander Allen (born April 27, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley and declared for the NFL Draft after his junior year. He was drafted by the Chargers, 76th overall, in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Allen attended Northern Guilford High School, where he was a standout on both sides of the ball. He was a 2009 high school All-American, selected by USA Today and Parade, and also played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl, returning one punt for 33 yards as well as one kickoff also for 33 yards. He was regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Allen playing for California in September 2010.

Allen attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he played for the California Golden Bears football team from 2010 to 2012. He was the starting wide receiver in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Allen left school after his junior season having caught a school-record 205 passes, for 2,570 yards (third in school history) and 17 touchdowns (seventh). It included a career-high 98 catches for 1,343 yards as a sophomore in 2011.

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Due to a posterior cruciate ligament sprain he sustained during the 2012 season, Allen did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine, but did run routes at Cal's Pro Day.[3] Keenan Allen was described by draft pundits as one of the best receivers in the 2013 NFL draft, estimating that he would be picked in the latter half of the first round.

On April 9, 2013, Allen attended his own pro day, where he showed his route running skills and catching abilities to numerous scouts and reporters. Due to a knee injury that Allen sustained last season, he was not at peak performance, leading to a 4.71-second time in the 40-yard dash. Allen noted that he was only at 80% health on the pro day. This lead to a drop in his projected draft position.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Allen was drafted in the 3rd round, 76th overall, by the San Diego Chargers in the 2013 NFL Draft. He had been on GM Tom Telesco's radar for a while: in 2011, Telesco attended Cal’s game against USC at San Francisco’s AT&T Park where Allen enjoyed one of the most prolific days of his career that evening, catching a career-best 13 passes for 160 yards.

2013 season[edit]

On May 9, 2013, he signed a four-year, $2.81 million contract with the Chargers. The deal included a $613,800 signing bonus.

On October 6, 2013, against the Oakland Raiders, Allen had his first 100 yard game as an NFL receiver, having 6 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. The next week, in a win against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, Allen repeated the accomplishment with 9 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.[4][5][6] In Week 14 of the 2013 season, he set a franchise record for receptions in a rookie season, surpassing LaDainian Tomlinson, with 61 with 3 weeks remaining in the regular season. Through Week 14, he is 100 yards short of also having the franchise record for receiving yardage in a rookie year.

Personal life[edit]

Allen is the younger half-brother of quarterback Zach Maynard, who played at Buffalo from 2008 to 2009 before transferring to Cal in 2010. The two combined for the longest pass play in school history when they hooked up on a 90-yard score against the Washington Huskies.[7] They share a mother and Maynard's biological father, Scott Lang, is Allen's stepfather.[8]

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