California Golden Bears wide receiver Keenan Allen has missed the final three games of the season with a knee injury and he will not be returning to the program. Instead, Allen will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Allen made the news official in a statement.
“I am grateful for all of the opportunities the University of California has provided me over the past three seasons,” Allen said. “The experience and friendships I have gained at Cal will help me throughout my life both on and off the field. 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. I am thankful for my experience at Cal and am excited about what the future holds.”
He is considered by many to be the top wide receiver prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class and could hear his name called in the first round of April’s draft. This season, Allen finished as Cal’s leader in receptions (61), receiving yards (737) and receiving touchdowns (six), despite missing time.
Allen leaves Cal as the school’s all-time receptions leader with 205.