Keenan Allen didn’t take long to make a name for himself at Cal, totaling 490 receiving yards and setting a school record for freshmen with 46 receptions (beating Philadelphia Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson’s 38). He also showcased his special teams skills, returning 18 kickoffs for a 22.6-yard average.
He continued his success and coaches from other schools were impressed, naming him first-team all-conference in 2011. He was among the nation’s ten best in receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,343) including a 13-catch, 160-yard effort against USC.
His six TDs in 2011 increased his career-touchdown total to 11, before injuries slowed his progress in 2012.
Allen missed 2012 spring practices after having surgery on his ankle from an off-season basketball injury. Despite low numbers by his own standards, he still shined enough to be awarded as an Honorable Mention Pac-12 selection.
In an attempt to find Russell Wilson’s new backup after trading Matt Flynn, the Seattle Seahawks are bringing in a couple of former first-round picks and a familiar face for a visit.
Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn are the headliners in a two-day workout/visit that also includes former Seahawks backup Seneca Wallace and veteran Tyler Thigpen, multiple people informed of the visits told USA TODAY Sports. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t confirmed the meetings, which include a workout on Monday.
When Pinelli isn’t teaching boot camp, he spends the majority of his time training local athletes at Elite Strength and Performance, a gym he owns in Ormond Beach.
His clients include high school athletes, the Ormond Beach Lady Renegade Softball Team and Mardy Gilyard, wide receiver for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
Gilyard, a Bunnell native, trained with Pinelli for several weeks while home during the off season.
“I picked him because he is hungry and young, and I had heard nothing but good things about him,” Gilyard, 26, said. “He catered to me and my needs. I was able to maintain my strength and he got me stronger and more explosive.”
Last year Miami took OT, Jonathan Martin, in the second round with hopes of being a dominate force opposite Jake Long to help protect the young Ryan Tannehill, and he did a pretty good job at it. But he seemed to play much better after being moved back to the left side which was his primary position when in college at Stanford. That might be one reason Jeff Ireland didn’t really try hard to bring Long back. Another good reason is his performance this season had dropped tremendously. He didn’t look like the Jake Long Miami fans had seen in his previous season’s.
Former Kansas City Chiefs OT, Eric Winston, has been linked as a potential target for Ireland, but his name hasn’t been mentioned by the Dolphins for a week or so now. Plus Ireland has said he doesn’t plan on signing any more players in Free Agency until after the NFL draft at the end of the month.