University of California wide receiver Keenan Allen will forego his senior season with the Cal Bears and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft, according to a statement he made Wednesday on the team’s homepage:
“I am grateful for all of the opportunities the University of California has provided me over the past three seasons. 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.”
Allen finishes his career as Cal’s all-time leader in receptions (205), third in receiving yards (2,570), seventh in touchdown catches (17) and, not to be forgotten, a school record for longest pass play when he and his brother, quarterback Zach Maynard, connected on a 90-yard score in Washington last year. He had been a star on the team since his freshman year when he broke the record for receiving yards by a true freshman with 46 receptions for 490 receiving yards.