Allen in 2013.
No. 13 San Diego Chargers
|Wide receiver / Punt returner|
|Date of birth:April 27, 1992|
|Place of birth: Greensboro, North Carolina|
|High school: Greensboro (NC) Northern Guilford|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76|
|Debuted in 2013 for the San Diego Chargers|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
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. Allen won multiple rookie honors after setting Chargers' records for receptions and receiving yards by a first-year player.
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.
Allen also ran track and field for the Northern Guilford High School track team. He was a member of the high school relay team. He was timed at 11.2 in the 100 meters as a junior. He also had a career-best leap of 7.01 meters in the long jump.
Allen attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he started at wide receiver for the California Golden Bears football team from 2010 to 2012. 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.
2013 NFL Draft
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. 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 later 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
Allen was drafted in the 3rd round, 76th overall, by the San Diego Chargers in the 2013 NFL Draft, though the team was already deep at the wide receiver position. He was the highest selected wide receiver from Cal since DeSean Jackson in 2008. Allen had been on General Manager 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. On May 9, 2013, he signed a four-year, $2.81 million contract with the Chargers, which included a $613,800 signing bonus.
He struggled at times during training camp, and teammate Antonio Gates envisioned that Allen in 2013 would play behind Eddie Royal, Vincent Brown, Malcom Floyd, and Danario Alexander. Although Alexander suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason, Allen did not participate in any offensive plays in San Diego's season opening loss to the Houston Texans. Unaccustomed to being a reserve player, he considered quitting football and returning to school to complete his degree. He began receiving playing time the following week against the Philadelphia Eagles when Floyd suffered a season-ending injury. 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. 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.
He finished the season leading all NFL rookies with 71 receptions, and led the team with 1,046 receiving yards—which also broke the Chargers rookie record of 1,001 set by John Jefferson in 1978. Only five other rookies had ever had more receptions in league history,[a] while his eight touchdowns tied him for third all-time with six other rookies. He also set a Chargers rookie record with five 100-yard games in a season, and he tied Royal for the team lead in touchdowns. Four times during the season Allen was voted the NFL Rookie of the Week, and he was named NFL Rookie of the Year by Sporting News over runner-up Eddie Lacy. While the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) named running back Lacy their 2013 Rookie of the Year, they also named Allen their Offensive Rookie of the Year. Allen was runner-up to Lacy for the Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press (AP), consider by the NFL to be its official award. In a vote by fans, Allen was named Pepsi NEXT NFL Rookie of the Year. Many experts came to view Allen's being drafted in the third round as a steal by San Diego; seven other wide receivers were taken before him. ESPN wrote in December that "Allen has performed like a first-round talent." The Chargers qualified for the playoffs that season. They advanced to the divisional round, when Allen caught two touchdowns during a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter of a 24–17 loss to the Denver Broncos. He finished with six receptions for 142 yards, becoming just the second rookie in NFL history to gain 100 receiving yards and score two touchdowns in a playoff game.
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. They share a mother, Dorie Maynard-Lang, and Maynard's biological father, Scott Lang, is Allen's stepfather.
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- Career statistics and player information from Pro-Football-Reference
- San Diego Chargers bio
- California Golden Bears bio