California’s Kenny Lawler breaks free for a third quarter touchdown against Air Force during the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. (Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star Telegram/TNS) less
California’s Kenny Lawler breaks free for a third quarter touchdown against Air Force during the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. (Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort . more
Cal’s Kenny Lawler, 4 makes a one handed touchdown catch near the end of the first quarter, covered by Washington’s Marcellus Pippins, 27, as the California Bears take on the Washington State Cougars at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., on Sat. October 3, 2015. less
Cal’s Kenny Lawler, 4 makes a one handed touchdown catch near the end of the first quarter, covered by Washington’s Marcellus Pippins, 27, as the California Bears take on the Washington State Cougars at . more
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The rebuilding of the Raid endured another blow Tuesday afternoon when Cal junior wide receiver Kenny Lawler announced that he will bypass his final year of eligibility to declare for the 2016 NFL draft.
ended up, after the bowl game, having another talk with my parents, said Lawler, whose news came five days after quarterback Jared Goff made the same announcement. ended up making the right decision, the best decision I felt, for my future.
Lawler led the Bears in catches (52) nfljerseyscheap.us.com and touchdowns (13) this past season. His 658 receiving yards were third on the team, behind Bryce Treggs (956) and (672). Last month, he became the first Cal wide receiver since Keenan Allen in 2011 to earn first team All Pac 12 honors.
After bruising his buttocks in the Bears Nov. 7 loss at Oregon, Lawler was limited for three games. The Pomona native tied the school record for the fourth time when he hauled in three touchdown catches in the Bears Armed Forces Bowl win over Air Force last week.
The 6 foot 3, 195 pound Lawler leaves Cal tied for second with Bobby Shaw (1994 97) with 27 career touchdown catches. He is likely to cheap nfl jerseys go in the second or third round of April draft, CBS Sports draft expert Rob Rang told The Chronicle. Lawler, who plans to return to Berkeley eventually to earn his degree, will train for the combine at XPE Sports Academy in Boca Raton, wholesale soccer jerseys Fla.
support Kenny in this decision and know that it is a decision that he has put a lot of thought into and wasn easy for him to make, head coach said in a news release. going to miss Kenny, but I excited about the opportunity in front of him. fixed >
Lawler departure further sets back a passing offense that ranked third nationally in 2015. In addition to replacing the record setting Goff, the Bears must move forward without their top six receivers from this past season. That group totaled 682 career catches for 8,805 yards and 79 touchdowns.
Cal most productive returning receivers are junior to be Chad Hansen (19 catches, 249 yards, one touchdown in 2015) and sophomore to be Kanawai Noa (seven catches, 76 yards). Other players on the 2015 roster who could challenge for rotation spots next season include Tennessee transfer Vic Wharton III, Carlos Strickland, Brandon Singleton, Austin Aaron, Jack Austin and Patrick Worstell.
The Bears have commitments from six high school wide receivers, three of whom have signed and plan to enroll in time for spring practice: four star Melquise Stovall of Paraclete High School in Lancaster (Los Angeles County), two star Jordan Veasy of Golden West College in Huntington Beach (Orange County) and four star Jordan Duncan of Oak Grove High in Hattiesburg, Miss.