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December 14, 2010

Allen Named Frosh All-American

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 follow an earlier nod last week as 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 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 Jones' 161 receiving yards at Nevada).

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