Entering spring practice next week, a battle for Cal’s starting job will commence in earnest between Zach Maynard, last year’s starter who was plagued by inconsistency, and Zach Kline, a highly-touted true freshman and early enrollee.
Unfortunately for the pair of Zach’s, and head coach Jeff Tedford as well, neither player will have one of the top receivers in the Pac-12 at his disposal.
Tedford announced via a combination tweet/press release that wide receiver Keenan Allen will miss all of spring practice due to a health issue. Specifically, the junior-to-be will undergo surgery on his ankle Thursday. The specific nature of the injury was not mentioned.
Fortunately, Tedford said, Allen “will be back for summer workouts and be fully recovered for the season.”
And that would be very welcome news for a Cal offense that needs all the help it can get. As a true sophomore in 2011, Allen led the team in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,343) and receiving touchdowns (six).
He finished 11th in the country in receptions per game and 10th in receiving yards per game. For those efforts, he was a first-team all-conference selection.