Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers #13

Los Angeles Chargers #13

Keenan Alexander Allen was born on 27th April 1992, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Keenan played his college football with the Golden Bears at the University of California.

In his high school days he had played as a top defensive back but chose California University in order to play as a wide receiver. Seems like a good decision on reflection!

As a freshman in the 2010 season, he tallied 46 receptions for 490 yards and five touchdowns. In his sophomore season of 2011, Allen had a career-high 98 catches for 1,343 yards.

As a junior in the 2012 season, he had 61 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns. After his junior season, having caught a school-record 205 passes, for 2,570 yards (third in school history) and 25 touchdowns (seventh) Allen decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

He was selected as the 76th overall pick, by the (then) San Diego Chargers. This lowly draft pick position was largely due to an injury he had sustained that prevented him from appearing at the combine and showcasing his skills.

Allen started as a fifth choice wide receiver and because of this, he almost gave up to go back to college to finish his degree. Luckily for Keenan, a couple of injuries lifted him up the depth chart and allowed him to become noticed and appreciated.

Allen finished the season leading all NFL rookies with 71 receptions – a franchise record, previously held by LaDainian Tomlinson – and led the team with 1,046 receiving yards, which also broke the Chargers rookie record of 1,001 yards previously held by John Jefferson. He also bagged eight touchdowns which put him tied with six others at third all-time for a rookie. He was also voted Rookie of the Week four times and set another Chargers record for a rookie by going over 100 yards on five different occasions. Not bad for a fifth choice at the start of the season!

The following three seasons were a bit of a let down after that start. He broke his collar bone and missed the final two games of 2014, finishing the season with 77 receptions for 783 yards and two touchdowns. 2015 saw him sustain a kidney injury in early November that ended his season early again with 67 receptions for 725 yards and four touchdowns. 2016 was even worse as he suffered an ACL injury in the very first game and missed the whole season.

2017 saw San Diego Chargers rebranded and relocated to Los Angeles and it also saw a return to form for Keenan Allen and in Game Week 13 he became the first player in NFL history to record three consecutive games of 10+ catches, 100+ receiving yards, and at least one touchdown. The same year, he was selected for his first Pro Bowl and finished the season with 102 receptions for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns. His 102 receptions set a new Chargers record for a single season – again displacing LaDainian Tomlinson.

2018 and 2019 saw similar levels of top drawer play from Allen, confirming his status as one of the NFL’s top wide receivers. In 2018 he finished with figures of 97 receptions for 1.196 yards and six touchdowns followed by 2019 totals of 104 receptions for 1,199 yards and six touchdowns. Incidentally, those 104 receptions saw him beat his own franchise record by two.