Mon Jun 25 09:59pm EDT
Two of the California football team's top athletes -- Keenan Allen and Brendan Bigelow -- have been announced as members of the College Football Performance Awards' Special Teams watch list.
Allen's 98 catches and 1,343 receiving yards both rank second all-time on the program's single-season rolls, behind Demeane Douglas (100 catches in 1998) and Geoff McArthur (1,504 yards in 2003).
After spring football, during which Allen did not participate due to ankle surgery, Allen was named the team's starting punt returner, thanks to his plus vision and overall athleticism.
Bigelow will enter 2012 as a true sophomore, and played in each of the team's last 11 games off the bench as a true freshman. The tailback out of Fresno (Calif.) Central East led the team with 23 kick returns for 475 kick return yards and a 20.7 average.
Bigelow took back the program's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2007 when he brought back the opening kick of the second half against Presbyterian for an 88-yard score.
That play -- along with his 111 kick-return yards on two take-backs -- earned Bigelow a Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week nod and the CFPA's Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week honors. His kickoff return for a touchdown was one of only eight by
Pac-12 players in 2011.