While scouting a game between the Cal Berkley Bears and USC in 2011, Tom Telesco was impressed by a sophomore receiver named Keenan Allen who caught a career-best 13 passes for 160 yards.
And when Allen was still on the board in the third round of the NFL Draft this past April, Telesco wasted little time selecting the talented receiver who was projected to be first-round pick prior to suffering a knee injury following his junior year. When Malcom Floyd was recently lost for the year with a neck injury, Allen assumed a starting role the past few weeks and has shown flashes of what kind of receiver he can become. MP reporter Art Garcia Jr. caught up with Allen prior to the Chargers late night game versus the Raiders to ask the rookie about his experience thus far in his NFL career.
AG: Thoughts on your 5 catch; 80-yard performance against the Cowboys and heading back up to your college stomping grounds (Cal Berkley) to face the Raiders.
KA: That was the biggest game of my career so far. (I’m) just going out there playing with confidence by doing the preparation, knowing the game plan and getting on the same page as Phil (Philip Rivers) to be able to make those plays. I’m excited to go back to the Bay area and play and see how many people I can get out there.