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Cal Football: Why Keenan Allen Will Emerge as a Playmaker in 2012-13
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Keenan Allen (No. 21)

In 2011, four playmakers comprised the offensive backbone of Cal Bears’ football. Quarterback Zach Maynard, running back Isi Sofele and wideouts Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones were said players.

Linebackers Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt, as well as defensive backs Sean Cattouse, D.J. Campbell and Josh Hill were the noteworthy playmakers on defense.

The problem is that the majority of these players are no longer with the team. Jones, Kendricks, Holt, Cattouse and Campbell have all signed with NFL franchises.

So then, who will emerge as a playmaker for the Cal football program in 2012-13? Will it be a player among these remaining three, or perhaps a lesser-known talent?

My money’s on Keenan Allen, the wide receiver who absolutely went berserk last season. Obvious pick or not, he has to be the guy—there’s just no way around it.

Follow along as we examine the three reasons why Allen will once again emerge as a playmaker for the Cal Bears.

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