NFL Draft 2013 Multi-Sport Breakdown

April 28th, 2013

Here we will give a brief breakdown based on the infomation in our last blog which gives the high school backgrounds and specific track and field information on each player drafted.  Again, all information below is the best available we had at the time so forgive us in advance for any inaccuracies…all info is approximate.

General observations:

  • 254 players were drafted, of that approximately 130 participated in high school track and field (51%).  Since 2008 the approximate rate of high school track and field particpation by NFL draftees has been 55%.  So the participation rate is down slightly.  However if quarterbacks and kickers / punters are excluded (15 players) from the draft total track participation moves to 54% and in line with the five year average.  The high school track participation rate of quarterbacks and kickers / punters is generally very low.

 

  • Approximately eight players from this year’s draft were wrestlers in high school:  First Rounders – Jonathan Cooper, OG North Carolina and Travis Frederick, Center Wisconsin…also Brandon Hepburn, LB Florida A&M, Brian Winters, Center Kent State, Eric Kush, Center California Pennsylvania, Garrett Gilkey, OG Chadron State, Gerald Hodges, LB Penn State, Hugh Thornton, OG Illinois…wrestling participation with NFL draftees appears to be down significantly from ten years ago.  It is unfortunate because wrestling is a great offseason training tool for high school football players.

 

  • High school basketball was very popular with NFL draftees approximately 122 players participated or 48%.  It was particularly popular with tight ends and quarterbacks as 13 of 16 drafted tight ends played and seven of 11 quarterbacks.

 

  • By our count 13 drafted players were collegiate track and field athletes.  Cobi Hamilton WR, Kenjon Barner RB, Corey Fuller WR, Brandon McGee CB, Denard Robinson QB / WR, Will Davis CB, Markus Wheaton WR, Marquise Goodwin WR, Terron Armstead OT, Margus Hunt DE, Justin Hunter WR, Cordarrelle Patterson WR and Ezekiel Ansah DE. 

 

  • Overall approximately 211 of 254 (83%) drafted players from 2013 participated in at least one other high school sport outside of football.  This is similar to the overall multi-sport participation average we’ve seen since 2008 of roughly 85%.  Track and field continues to be the most popular “other” high school sport with NFL  draftees followed closely by basketball.  The most popular  high school participation duo is basketball and track with approximately 59 (23%) of this year’s drafted players participating in both.

 

  • Final thought…with the explosion of football camps, combines, club teams, club sports and personalized individual training all competing for high school athletes it is amazing that kids today don’t specialize in higher numbers.  But the multi-sport numbers from the draft tell the story and football players are still participating in multiple sports at high levels…85% is pretty good.  I hope it continues in future years.

 

 

NFL Draft 2013 Multi-Sport Player Information Chart

April 28th, 2013

It has been a long time since FTA’s done a blog but what better time than right after the NFL Draft?  We’ve taken a look and researched the high school backgrounds of each player drafted through all seven rounds.  Of course much of our high school track data was compiled from other sources…a special thanks to milesplit.com, athletic.net and directathletics.com.  The data below is the best known information available to us at the time so please forgive us in advance for any missing information and or inaccurate data.  If you know of any specific information we’ve missed below please feel free to contact us.

I’ll put up another post with general observations and basic breakdown from the player data below.  Sorry about the formatting or lack thereof don’t have much time to make this look pretty.

This is a long list so take your time.

2013 NFL DRAFT

* Denotes Collegiate Track & Field Athlete
Rd
Pick
NFL Team
Name
Position
College
Multi-Sport (High School)
Track & Field (High School)
1
1
Kansas   City
Eric Fisher
OT
Central Michigan
Basketball
1
2
Jacksonville
Luke Joeckel
OT
Texas A&M
Track & Field
Discus 112’07; Shot Put 42’11
1
3
Miami
Dion Jordan
DE
Oregon
Basketball; Track & Field
110 Hurdles 14.38; 300 Hurdles   38.26; 1600 Relay (3:19.70); Long Jump 20’01; Shot Put 42’10
1
4
Philadelphia
Lane Johnson
OT
Oklahoma
Track & Field
110 Hurdles 17.09; 300 Hurdles   42.58; Shot Put 49’08
1
5
Detroit
Ezekiel Ansah *
DE
BYU
Soccer
(Collegiate Track & Field)
1
6
Cleveland
Barkevious Mingo
DE
Louisiana State
Basketball; Track & Field
200 Meters 21.85; 400 Meters   48.92; 800 Relay (1:26.06); 1600 Relay (3:18.75)
1
7
Arizona
Jonathan Cooper
OG
North Carolina
Wrestling; Track & Field
Shot Put 48’04
1
8
St. Louis
Tavon Austin
WR
West Virginia
Basketball; Track & Field
11.47/100m; 400 Relay (45.16)
1
9
New York Jets
Dee Milliner
CB
Alabama
Basketball; Track & Field
10.86/100m; 23.27/200m; 400   Relay (42.82); High Jump 5’08; Long Jump 21’03
1
10
Tennessee
Chance Warmack
OG
Alabama
Track & Field
Shot Put 40’00 (freshman yr)
1
11
San Diego
D.J. Fluker
OT
Alabama
Basketball; Track & Field
Shot Put 53’01
1
12
Oakland
D.J. Hayden
CB
Houston
n / a
1
13
New York Jets
Sheldon Richardson
DT
Missouri
Basketball; Baseball;              Track & Field
Shot Put
1
14
Carolina
Star Lotulelei
DT
Utah
n / a
1
15
New Orleans
Kenny Vaccaro
SAF
Texas
Basketball; Track & Field
400 Relay (44.33); 800 Relay   (1:33.31); 1600 Relay (3:37.07); Long Jump 21’03; Triple Jump 43’06
1
16
Buffalo
EJ Manuel
QB
Florida State
Basketball
1
17
Pittsburgh
Jarvis Jones
LB
Georgia
Basketball
1
18
San Francisco
Eric Reid
SAF
Louisiana State
Basketball; Track & Field
55 Meters 6.69; 55 Meter Hurdles   8.00; 110 Hurdles 14.20; 800 Relay (1:31.48)
1
19
New York Giants
Justin Pugh
OT
Syracuse
Basketball
1
20
Chicago
Kyle Long
OT
Oregon
Baseball
1
21
Cincinnati
Tyler Eifert
TE
Notre Dame
Basketball
1
22
Atlanta
Desmond Trufant
CB
Washington
Basketball; Track & Field
400 Relay (42.77); High Jump   6’00; Long Jump 22’08; Triple Jump 46’05
1
23
Minnesota
Sharrif Floyd
DT
Florida
n / a
1
24
Indianapolis
Bjoern Werner
DE
Florida State
Basketball
1
25
Minnesota
Xavier Rhodes
CB
Florida State
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.95; 200 Meters   22.35; 400 Meters 49.85
1
26
Green Bay
Datone Jones
DE
UCLA
Basketball; Track & Field
n / a
1
27
Houston
DeAndre Hopkins
WR
Clemson
Basketball
1
28
Denver
Slyvester Williams
DT
North Carolina
Basketball (Freshman ; Soph)
1
29
Minnesota
Cordarrelle Patterson *
WR
Tennessee
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 10.73; 400 Relay   (42.10); 800 Relay (1:30.82); 1600 Relay (3:24.30); High Jump 6’04; Long Jump   22’07
1
30
Atlanta
Alec Ogletree
LB
Georgia
Basketball; Track & Field
400 Relay (43.28); Long Jump   23’11
1
31
Dallas
Travis Frederick
C
Wisconsin
Wrestling; Track & Field
Discus 161’09; Shot Put 49’11
1
32
Baltimore
Matt Elam
SAF
Florida
Basketball; Track & Field
100   Meters 11.32; 200 Meters 23.41; 400 Relay (42.71)
2
33
Jacksonville
Jonathan Cyprien
SAF
Florida International
n / a
2
34
Tennessee
Justin Hunter *
WR
Tennessee
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.17; 200 Meters   21.62; 300 Hurdles 38.75; 400 Relay (42.41); High Jump 7’03; Long Jump 25’10;   Triple Jump 50’08
2
35
Philadelphia
Zach Ertz
TE
Stanford
Basketball
2
36
Detroit
Darius Slay
CB
Mississippi State
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 10.92; 200 Meters   22.00; 400 Relay (42.92)
2
37
Cincinnati
Giovani Bernard
RB
North Carolina
n / a
2
38
San Diego
Manti Te’o
LB
Notre Dame
Basketball
2
39
New York Jets
Geno Smith
QB
West Virginia
Basketball
2
40
San Francisco
Cornellius Carradine
DE
Florida State
n / a
2
41
Buffalo
Robert   Woods
WR
Southern   California
Track &   Field
200 Meters 21.04; 400 Meters   46.17; 400 Relay (40.67); 800 Relay (1:25.84); 1600 Relay (3:08.42)
2
42
Oakland
Menelik Watson
OT
Florida State
Basketball
2
43
Tampa Bay
Johnthan Banks
CB
Mississippi State
Basketball; Baseball
2
44
Carolina
Kawann Short
DT
Purdue
Basketball
2
45
Arizona
Kevin Minter
LB
Louisiana State
Track & Field
Shot Put 45’07
2
46
Buffalo
Kiko Alonso
LB
Oregon
Track & Field
100 Meters
2
47
Dallas
Gavin Escobar
TE
San Diego State
Basketball
2
48
Pittsburgh
Le’Veon Bell
RB
Michigan State
Basketball; Track &Field
High Jump 6’04
2
49
New York Giants
Johnathan Hankins
DT
Ohio State
Track & Field
Shot Put 50’02
2
50
Chicago
Jon Bostic
LB
Florida
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.41; 200 Meters   23.15; 400 Relay (43.11); Shot Put 40’07
2
51
Washington
David Amerson
CB
NC State
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.10; 200 Meters   23.44; 400 Meters 57.71; 400 Relay (42.64); 800 Relay (1:30.87); Long Jump   23’03; Triple Jump 45’09
2
52
New England
Jamie Collins
LB
Southern Mississippi
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 156-00; High Jump 6’04;   Long Jump 19’07; Shot Put 52’01; Triple Jump 44’05
2
53
Cincinnati
Margus Hunt *
DE
Southern Methodist
Track & Field
Discus 220’10; Shot Put   67’04     (World Junior   Championships)
2
54
Miami
Jamar Taylor
CB
Boise State
n / a
2
55
San Francisco
Vance McDonald
TE
Rice
Basketball; Track & Field
400 Relay (44.97); 800 Relay   (1:33.11); Long Jump 20’06; Triple Jump 41’11
2
56
Baltimore
Arthur Brown
LB
Kansas State
n / a
2
57
Houston
D.J. Swearinger
SAF
South Carolina
Track & Field
100 Meters 11.14; 110  Hurdles 14.81; 400 Relay (42.95); High Jump   6’02
2
58
Denver
Montee Ball
RB
Wisconsin
Basketball
2
59
New England
Aaron Dobson
WR
Marshall
Basketball; Track & Field
200 Meters 22.76; 400 Relay   (44.59); 800 Relay (1:30.58)
2
60
Atlanta
Robert Alford
CB
SE Louisiana
Track & Field
400 Meters 50.00; Long Jump   23’06
2
61
Green Bay
Eddie Lacy
RB
Alabama
n / a
2
62
Seattle
Christine Michael
RB
Texas A&M
Track & Field
100 Meters 11.02; 400 Relay (42.00); 800 Relay (1:28.45)
3
63
Kansas City
Travis Kelcie
TE
Cincinnati
Basketball; Baseball
3
64
Jacksonville
Dwayne Gratz
CB
Connecticut
Track & Field
55 Meters 6.66; 55 Meter Hurdles   7.89; Long Jump 19’04; Triple Jump 39’07
3
65
Detroit
Larry Warford
OG
Kentucky
Basketball
3
66
Oakland
Sio Moore
LB
Connecticut
Track & Field
400 Relay (44.24); Discus 106’02; Shot Put 41’03
3
67
Philadelphia
Bennie Logan
DT
Louisiana State
Track & Field
Shot Put 55’08
3
68
Cleveland
Leon McFadden
CB
San Diego State
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meter 10.95; 200 Meters   22.56; 400 Relay (43.12); Long Jump 21’02
3
69
Arizona
Tyrann Mathieu
CB
Louisiana State
Track & Field
400 Relay (42.96); High Jump   6’04; Long Jump 23’11
3
70
Tennessee
Blidi Wreh-Wilson
CB
Connecticut
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.41; 400 Meters   51.03; 400 Relay (44.94)
3
71
St. Louis
T.J. McDonald
SAF
Southern California
Basketball; Baseball
3
72
New York Jets
Brian Winters
OG
Kent State
Wrestling
3
73
Tampa Bay
Mike Glennon
QB
NC State
Basketball
3
74
Dallas
Terrance Williams
WR
Baylor
Basketball
3
75
New Orleans
Terron Armstead *
OT
Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Track & Field
Discus 154’11; Shot Put 60’01
3
76
San Diego
Keenan Allen
WR
California
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.20; 400 Relay   (44.65); 800 Relay (1:33.06); High Jump 6’02; Long Jump 22’09; Triple Jump 37’11
3
77
Miami
Dallas Thomas
OT
Tennessee
n / a
3
78
Buffalo
Marquise Goodwin *
WR
Texas
Track & Field
60 Meters 6.80; 100 Meters 10.24; 200 Meters 21.24; 400 Relay (40.26); 800 Relay (1:26.15); Long Jump 26’10; Triple Jump 50’05
3
79
Pittsburgh
Markus Wheaton *
WR
Oregon State
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.79; 200 Meters   21.42; 400 Meters 46.80; 400 Relay (41.09); 1600 Relay (3:18.87)
3
80
Dallas
J.J. Wilcox
SAF
Georgia Southern
Baseball
3
81
New York Giants
Damontre Moore
DE
Texas A&M
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 106’05; High Jump 6’00;   Shot Put 39’04
3
82
New Orleans
John Jenkins
DT
Georgia
n / a
3
83
New England
Logan Ryan
CB
Rutgers
Basketball; Baseball
3
84
Cincinnati
Shawn Williams
SAF
Georgia
Basketball
3
85
Washington
Jordan Reed
TE
Florida
Baseball
3
86
Indianapolis
Hugh Thornton
OG
Illinois
Wrestling
3
87
Seattle
Jordan Hill
DT
Penn State
Basketball; Baseball
3
88
San Francisco
Corey Lemonier
DE
Auburn
Track & Field
Discus 115’05; Shot Put 47’08
3
89
Houston
Brennan Williams
OT
North Carolina
n / a
3
90
Denver
Kayvon Webster
CB
South Florida
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.69; 200 Meters   21.62; 400 Relay (41.87)
3
91
New England
Duron Harmon
SAF
Rutgers
Basketball
3
92
St. Louis
Stedman Bailey
WR
West Virginia
Basketball
3
93
Miami
Will Davis *
CB
Utah State
Basketball; Track & Field
400 Relay (44.0); Triple Jump   46’00
3
94
Baltimore
Brandon Williams
DT
Missouri Southern
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 153’03
3
95
Houston
Sam Montgomery
DE
Louisiana State
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.34; 400 Relay   (42.95); Shot Put 46’06
3
96
Kansas City
Knile Davis
RB
Arkansas
Track & Field
55 Meters 6.84; 200 Meters   22.25; 400 Relay (42.66); 800 Relay (1:27.91); 1600 Relay (3:15.24)
3
97
Tennessee
Zaviar Gooden
LB
Missouri
Track & Field
400   Relay (42.98); 800 Relay (1:29.39); 1600 Relay (3:21.17); Long Jump 20’03
4
98
Philadelphia
Matt Barkley
QB
Southern California
n / a
4
99
Kansas City
Nico Johnson
LB
Alabama
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 75’00; Shot Put 41’04
4
100
Tampa Bay
Akeem Spence
DT
Illinois
Track & Field
Discus 154’04; Shot Put 50’01
4
101
Jacksonville
Ace Sanders
WR
South Carolina
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 10.98; 400 Relay   (42.41); Long Jump 22’08
4
102
New England
Josh Boyce
WR
Texas Christian
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.47; 400 Relay   (42.60); 800 Relay (1:28.74); Long Jump 20’06; Triple Jump 43’10
4
103
Arizona
Alex Okafor
DE
Texas
Basketball
4
104
Miami
Jelani Jenkins
LB
Florida
Track & Field
55 Meters 6.83; 60 Meters 7.28;   100 Meters 11.14; 400 Relay (44.34); 800 Relay (1:32.30); Discus 137’00; Shot   Put 46’00
4
105
Buffalo
Duke Williams
SAF
Nevada
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.46; 200 Meters   23.06; 400 Relay (42.09); 800 Relay (1:28.38); Long Jump 21’10; Triple Jump   49’09
4
106
Miami
Dion Sims
TE
Michigan State
Basketball
4
107
Tennessee
Brian Schwenke
C
California
n / a
4
108
Carolina
Edmund Kugbila
OG
Valdosta State
n / a
4
109
Green Bay
David Bakhtiari
OT
Colorado
Lacrosse
4
110
New York Giants
Ryan Nassib
QB
Syracuse
Basketball
4
111
Pittsburgh
Shamarko Thomas
SAF
Syracuse
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.76; 200 Meters   21.78; 400 Relay (42.41); Long Jump 20’00
4
112
Oakland
Tyler Wilson
QB
Arkansas
Baseball
4
113
St. Louis
Barrett Jones
C
Alabama
Basketball
4
114
Dallas
B.W. Webb
CB
William & Mary
Basketball; Track & Field
55 Meters 6.64; High Jump 6’02;   Long Jump 22’11; Triple Jump 45’07
4
115
Pittsburgh
Landry Jones
QB
Oklahoma
n / a
4
116
Arizona
Earl Watford
OG
James Madison
n / a
4
117
Chicago
Khaseem Greene
LB
Rutgers
Basketball; Track & Field
400 Relay (43.06); High Jump   6’00; Long Jump 20’05; Triple Jump 39’00
4
118
Cincinnati
Sean Porter
LB
Texas A&M
Basketball
4
119
Washington
Phillip Thomas
SAF
Fresno State
Track & Field
110 Hurdles 16.19; 300 Hurdles   42.29; 1600 Relay (3:42.04)
4
120
Minnesota
Gerald Hodges
LB
Penn State
Wrestling; Track & Field
400 Relay (43.84); 800 Relay   (1:34.04)
4
121
Indianapolis
Khaled Holmes
C
Southern California
n / a
4
122
Green Bay
J.C. Tretter
OT
Cornell
Basketball
4
123
Seattle
Chris Harper
WR
Kansas State
Basketball
4
124
Houston
Trevardo Williams
DE
Connecticut
Track & Field
55 Meters 6.56; 100 Meters   10.69; 200 Meters 21.98; 400 Relay (43.84); High Jump 6’02
4
125
Green Bay
Johnathan Franklin
RB
UCLA
Track & Field
100 Meters 11.01; 200 Meters   22.59; 400 Relay (42.64); 1600 Relay (3:17.60)
4
126
Tampa Bay
William Gholston
DE
Michigan State
Basketball; Swimming
4
127
Atlanta
Malliciah Goodman
DE
Clemson
n / a
4
128
San Francisco
Quinton Patton
WR
Louisiana Tech
Basketball; Baseball;               Track & Field
100 Meters 11.28; 200 Meter   22.24; 400 Relay (42.31)
4
129
Baltimore
John Simon
DE
Ohio State
n / a
4
130
Baltimore
Kyle Juszczyk
FB
Harvard
Basketball; Track & Field
High Jump 5’04; Discus 150’11;   Shot Put 54’07
4
131
San Francisco
Marcus Lattimore
RB
South Carolina
n / a
4
132
Detroit
Devin Taylor
DE
South Carolina
Basketball; Track & Field
High Jump 6’04; Discus 146’10;   Shot Put 48’05; Triple Jump 48’03
4
133
Atlanta
Levine Toilolo
TE
Stanford
Basketball
5
134
Kansas City
Sanders Commings
CB
Georgia
Baseball
5
135
Jacksonville
Denard Robinson *
WR
Michigan
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.44; 200 Meters   21.89; 400 Relay (40.64)
5
136
Philadelphia
Earl Wolff
SAF
NC State
Track & Field
200 Meters 23.53; Long Jump   22’04; Triple Jump 42’04
5
137
Seattle
Jesse Williams
DT
Alabama
Basketball; Rugby
5
138
Seattle
Tharold Simon
CB
Louisiana State
Track & Field
400 Relay (44.67); Long Jump   20’03
5
139
Indianapolis
Montori Hughes
DT
Tennessee-Martin
Basketball
5
140
Arizona
Stepfan Taylor
RB
Stanford
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.58; 200 Meters   23.90; High Jump 6’00
5
141
New York Jets
Oday Aboushi
OG
Virginia
n / a
5
142
Tennessee
Lavar Edwards
DE
Louisiana State
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 141’09; Shot Put 50’03
5
143
Buffalo
Jonathan Meeks
SAF
Clemson
Track & Field
200 Meters 22.47; 400 Meters   49.57
5
144
New Orleans
Kenny Stills
WR
Oklahoma
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.84; 200 Meters   21.76; 400 Relay (44.76)
5
145
San Diego
Steve Williams
CB
California
Track & Field
400 Relay (41.64); 800 Relay   (1:28.07); 1600 Relay (3:20.63)
5
146
Denver
Quanterus Smith
DE
Western Kentucky
Basketball
5
147
Tampa Bay
Steven Means
DE
Buffalo
Basketball; Swimming;           Track & Field
110 Hurdles 16.14; High Jump   5’10
5
148
Carolina
A.J. Klein
LB
Iowa State
Track & Field
55 Meters 7.01
5
149
St. Louis
Brandon McGee *
CB
Miami-Florida
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.83; 200 Meters   23.23; 400 Relay (41.71)
5
150
Pittsburgh
Terry Hawtorne
CB
Illinois
Track & Field
1600 Relay (3:17.86)
5
151
Dallas
Joseph Randle
RB
Oklahoma State
Basketball; Track & Field
400 Relay (43.41); Long Jump   21’07; Triple Jump 44’02
5
152
New York Giants
Cooper Taylor
SAF
Richmond
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.97; 200 Meters   22.28; 400 Meters 50.28; 400 Relay (42.23); 1600 Relay (3:25.00)
5
153
Atlanta
Stansly Maponga
DE
Texas Christian
n / a
5
154
Washington
Chris  Thompson
RB
Florida State
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.98; 400 Relay   (43.66)
5
155
Minnesota
Jeff Locke
P
UCLA
Soccer
5
156
Cincinnati
Tanner Hawkinson
OT
Kansas
Basketball
5
157
San Francisco
Quinton Dial
DE
Alabama
n / a
5
158
Seattle
Luke Wilson
TE
Rice
Baseball; Hockey; Soccer;  Track & Field
110 Hurdles 16.04; 400 Relay   (45.23)
5
159
Green Bay
Micah Hyde
CB
Iowa
Basketball; Baseball
5
160
St. Louis
Zac Stacy
RB
Vanderbilt
Basketball; Baseball
5
161
Denver
Tavarres King
WR
Georgia
Basketball
5
162
Washington
Brandon Jenkins
DE
Florida State
Basketball
5
163
Chicago
Jordan Mills
OT
Louisiana Tech
Basketball; Track & Field
Shot Put 38’11
5
164
Miami
Mike Gillislee
RB
Florida
n / a
5
165
Detroit
Sam Martin
P
Appalachian State
Soccer
5
166
Miami
Caleb Sturgis
K
Florida
Soccer
5
167
Green Bay
Josh Boyd
DT
Mississippi State
Track & Field
Discus 119’02; Shot Put 42’01
5
168
Baltimore
Ricky Wagner
OT
Wisconsin
Basketball
6
169
Jacksonville
Josh Evans
SAF
Florida
Track & Field
55 Meter Hurdles 7.40; 110   Hurdles 13.91; 200 Meters 22.22; 400 Hurdles 55.19; High Jump 6’02
6
170
Kansas City
Eric Kush
C
California (PA)
Wrestling; Track & Field
Discus 122’02
6
171
Detroit
Corey Fuller *
WR
Virginia Tech
Track & Field
110 Hurdles 15.37; Long Jump   20’08; Triple Jump 49’04
6
172
Oakland
Nick Kasa
TE
Colorado
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 12.24
6
173
Denver
Vinston Painter
OT
Virginia Tech
n / a
6
174
Arizona
Ryan Swope
WR
Texas A&M
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 10.70; 200 Meters   21.84; 400 Relay (42.60); Long Jump 21’08
6
175
Cleveland
Jamoris Slaughter
SAF
Notre Dame
Track & Field
400 Meters 51.44; 400 Relay   (42.55); 1600 Relay (3:25.05); Triple Jump 42’08
6
176
Houston
David Quessenberry
OT
San Jose State
Lacrosse
6
177
Buffalo
Dustin Hopkins
K
Florida State
Soccer
6
178
New York Jets
William Campbell
DT
Michigan
n / a
6
179
San Diego
Tourek Williams
DE
Florida International
n / a
6
180
San Francisco
Nick Moody
LB
Florida State
n / a
6
181
Oakland
Latavius Murray
RB
Central Florida
Basketball
6
182
Carolina
Kenjon Barner *
RB
Oregon
Basketball
(Collegiate Track & Field)
6
183
New Orleans
Rufus Johnson
DE
Tarleton State
n / a
6
184
Oakland
Mychal Rivera
TE
Tennessee
n / a
6
185
Dallas
DeVonte Holloman
LB
South Carolina
Basketball
6
186
Pittsburgh
Justin Brown
WR
Oklahoma
Track & Field
100 Meters 11.29; 400 Relay   (44.52); 800 Relay (1:31.83); 1600 Relay (3:27.46)
6
187
Arizona
Andre Ellington
RB
Clemson
Track & Field
100 Meters 11.07; 200 Meters   23.13; 400 Relay (42.94)
6
188
Chicago
Cornelius Washington
DE
Georgia
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.94; 200 Meters   22.34; Shot Put 45’10
6
189
Tampa Bay
Mike James
RB
Miami-Florida
n / a
6
190
Cincinnati
Rex Burkhead
RB
Nebraska
Basketball
6
191
Washington
Bacarri Rambo
SAF
Georgia
n / a
6
192
Indianapolis
John Boyett
SAF
Oregon
Baseball
6
193
Green Bay
Nate Palmer
LB
Illinois State
Track & Field
Discus 81’08; Shot Put 42’10
6
194
Seattle
Spencer Ware
RB
Louisiana State
Basketball; Track & Field
55 Meters 6.94
6
195
Houston
Alan Bonner
WR
Jacksonville State
Track & Field
Long Jump 20’03; Triple Jump   42’05
6
196
Tampa Bay
Jeff Baca
OG
UCLA
Track & Field
Shot Put 56’08
6
197
Cincinnati
Cobi Hamilton *
WR
Arkansas
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.60; 200 Meters   21.25; 800 Relay (1:25.29)
6
198
Houston
Chris Jones
DT
Bowling Green
Track & Field
Shot Put 57’05
6
199
Detroit
Theo Riddick
RB
Notre Dame
Basketball
6
200
Baltimore
Kapron Lewis-Moore
DE
Notre Dame
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 134’03; Shot Put 54’01
6
201
Houston
Ryan Griffin
TE
Connecticut
Basketball
6
202
Tennessee
Khalid Wooten
CB
Nevada
Volleyball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.38; 200 Meters   24.28; 400 Relay (44.73); Long Jump 19’00
6
203
Baltimore
Ryan Jensen
OT
Colorado State-Pueblo
Baseball
6
204
Kansas City
Braden Wilson
FB
Kansas State
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 171’06
6
205
Oakland
Stacy McGee
DT
Oklahoma
Track & Field
Shot Put 51’08
6
206
Pittsburgh
Vince Williams
LB
Florida State
n / a
7
207
Kansas City
Mike Catapano
DE
Princeton
Lacrosse
7
208
Jacksonville
Jeremy Harris
CB
New Mexico State
Track & Field
110 Hurdles 14.12; 300 Hurdles   38.82; 1600 Relay (3:27.60)
7
209
Oakland
Brice Butler
WR
San Diego State
Basketball; Track & Field
200 Meters 22.75; 400 Meters   50.56; 400 Relay (42.54); 1600 Relay (3:22.82)
7
210
Jacksonville
Demetrius McCray
CB
Appalachian State
Basketball
7
211
Detroit
Michael Williams
TE
Alabama
Basketball
7
212
Philadelphia
Joe Kruger
DE
Utah
Basketball
7
213
Minnesota
Michael Mauti
LB
Penn State
Track & Field
55 Meters 6.93; 200 Meters 23.24; 400 Relay (45.96); 800 Relay (1:36.13)
7
214
Minnesota
Travis Bond
OG
North Carolina
Basketball; Baseball;                 Track & Field
Shot Put
7
215
New York Jets
Tommy Bohanon
FB
Wake Forest
Basketball
7
216
Green Bay
Charles Johnson
WR
Grand Valley State
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.05; 200 Meters   23.13; 400 Relay (44.91); 800 Relay (1:29.99); High Jump 6’02
7
217
Cleveland
Armonty Bryant
DE
E. Central Oklahoma
Track & Field
Discus 144’01
7
218
Philadelphia
Jordan Poyer
CB
Oregon State
Basketball; Baseball
7
219
Arizona
D.C. Jefferson
TE
Rutgers
Basketball
7
220
Seattle
Ryan Seymour
OG
Vanderbilt
n / a
7
221
San Diego
Brad Sorensen
QB
Southern Utah
Basketball
7
222
Buffalo
Chris Gragg
TE
Arkansas
Basketball; Track & Field
High Jump 6’09
7
223
Pittsburgh
Nick Williams
DT
Samford
Basketball
7
224
Miami
Kevin Dorsey
WR
Maryland
n / a
7
225
New York Giants
Eric Herman
OG
Ohio
Track & Field
Discus 155’01; Shot Put 50’00
7
226
New England
Michael Buchanan
DE
Illinois
Basketball
7
227
Cleveland
Garrett Gilkey
OG
Chadron State
Baseball; Wrestling;                Track & Field
Shot Put 44’00
7
228
Washington
Jawan Jamison
RB
Rutgers
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.87; 400 Relay   (42.79)
7
229
Minnesota
Everett Dawkins
DT
Florida State
Track & Field
Shot Put 47’03
7
230
Indianapolis
Kerwynn Williams
RB
Utah State
Track & Field
400 Relay (41.62)
7
231
Seattle
Ty Powell
DE
Harding
Baseball
7
232
Green Bay
Sam Barrington
LB
South Florida
Track & Field
110 Hurdles 15.61; Discus 112’05
7
233
Oakland
David Bass
DE
Missouri Western
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 123’06; Shot Put 44’06
7
234
Denver
Zac Dysert
QB
Miami-Ohio
Basketball; Baseball
7
235
New England
Steve Beauharnais
LB
Rutgers
n / a
7
236
Chicago
Marquess Wilson
WR
Washington State
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 11.24; 200 Meters   23.14; 400 Relay (43.29); High Jump 6’08; Long Jump 22’01
7
237
San Francisco
B.J. Daniels
QB
South Florida
Basketball; Track & Field
High Jump 6’04
7
238
Baltimore
Aaron Mellette
WR
Elon
Basketball; Track & Field
100 Meters 10.84; 200 Meters   23.14; 400 Relay (44.94); 800 Relay (1:31.00); Long Jump 22’00
7
239
Philadelphia
David King
DE
Oklahoma
Track & Field
Shot Put 54’07
7
240
Cincinnati
Reid Fragel
OT
Ohio State
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 115’00; Shot Put 46’00
7
241
Seattle
Jared Smith
DT
New Hampshire
n / a
7
242
Seattle
Michael Bowie
OT
NE Oklahoma State
Basketball
7
243
Atlanta
Kemal Ishamel
SAF
Central Florida
n / a
7
244
Atlanta
Zeke Motta
SAF
Notre Dame
n / a
7
245
Detroit
Brandon Hepburn
LB
Florida A&M
Wrestling
7
246
San Francisco
Carter Bykowski
OT
Iowa State
Basketball
7
247
Baltimore
Marc Anthony
CB
California
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.88; 200 Meters   22.22; 400 Relay (41.09); 800 Relay (1:32.19); 1600 Relay (3:19.70)
7
248
Tennessee
Daimion Stafford
SAF
Nebraska
n / a
7
249
Atlanta
Sean Renfree
QB
Duke
n / a
7
250
Miami
Don Jones
SAF
Arkansas State
Track & Field
100 Meters 10.80; 200 Meters   22.42; 400 Meters 51.58
7
251
Cincinnati
T.J. Johnson
C
South Carolina
n / a
7
252
San Francisco
Marcus Cooper
CB
Rutgers
Basketball; Track & Field
55 Meters 6.48; 100 Meters   10.79; High Jump 6’04; Long Jump 21’00
7
253
New York Giants
Michael Cox
RB
Massachusetts
Track & Field
100 Meters 11.03; 400 Relay   (43.64); Triple Jump 35’06
7
254
Indianapolis
Justice Cunningahm
TE
South Carolina
Basketball; Track & Field
Discus 163’05; Shot Put 51’05

 

Another former high school thrower making waves in SEC football

November 9th, 2010

I grew up on the track…the movements are fairly similar in football and the discus.”  These are words Zach Clayton told to Aaron Burns of The Auburn Villager.   Clayton, an Auburn defensive lineman, has really come on this year after battling injuries most of last season.  Clayton’s high school background in high school throwing is well documented.  He is Alabama’s high school state record holder in the discus with a throw of 202’08 and was state champion in the shot put. 

Clayton continued to throw at Auburn and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2009.  Clearly he found a balance between the two sports and according to him the two sports compliment each other.  Clayton ranks third on the team with seven TFLs and has four quaterback pressures.  Fellow defensive lineman, Nick Fairley, receives most of the attention but Clayton is one of many outstanding collegiate linemen with successful high school throwing on their athletic resume.

Does high school track and field prepare linemen for big time football?

October 23rd, 2010

Margus Hunt (92) kick block - Photo credit: Alan H. Rose / The Daily Mustang

Last year I wrote a blog about the possible connection between offensive and defensive line play and throwing the shot put and discus.  Many of last year’s highly touted collegiate linemen had throwing backgrounds dating back to their high school days.  With so many high profile linemen throwing the shot and discus I thought ESPN college analsyt and blogger, Bruce Feldman, might be interested.  Fortunately he was and this topic received greater exposure and interest.   Over the past year I’ve received some feedback about the blog and questions about linemen and throwing so I’ve decided to give it a follow-up.          

What struck me this time is the revelation that high school participation in throwing is not regional.  Division I linemen from all over the country have backgrounds in throwing.  The percentages of high school linemen from Texas (seen as a track and field haven) may be a bit higher overall but throwing is nearly as popular in Midwestern high schools.  Even with high school spring football so prominent and popular down south a lot of current SEC linemen participated in high school throwing.  You’d think with so many top notch linemen possessing track backgrounds that it wouldn’t be overlooked or deemed irrelevant by college recruiters.  However most college coaches I’ve encountered don’t seem to know much about track or care to learn.  As you’ll see below it might have paid some recruiters big dividends to learn.                 

The bigger question, in my mind, is…does ability to throw the shot and discus have any correlation to playing line?  I say yes, in a pure physical sense.  Of course player size is the key correlating factor along with development of football skills but the ability to throw indicates a wide range of physical skills related directly to line play.  It is probably a stretch to claim that track participation alone can improve football skills.  However throwing does provide athletes a competitive outlet to improve footwork, functional strength and explosive ability.  Those are all physical attributes essential to excel at line play.  Again having a large frame is nearly essential for success at any line position but possessing and enhancing the physical abilities necessary to throw certainly don’t hurt either.            

Nearly every defensive and offensive linemen I included in last year’s blog were three-sport and four-sport athletes in high school.  A good argument could probably be made regarding a connection between multi-sport participation and line play.  But if  that were true why not say that linemen playing baseball or golf is just as good a physical measuring stick as throwing the shot or discus?  Not an easy answer as participation in any additional sport is a great way for football players to keep or improve their competitive edge. Unfortunately not every sport or activity is measurable or quantifiable in a pure physical sense.  Throwing performance is measurable, quantifiable, comparable and fairly objective unlike some other sports performances which are not measurable or objective.          

It is my belief and experience most high school linemen go out for track simply for something to do or because their friends are doing it BUT there’s something that goes on during all the practices and throwing movements that probably contributes to the physical development of linemen.  Of course this is an area of much debate and isn’t a scientific demonstration but I’ll supply quite a few player anecdotes below.  Amazingly several linemen mentioned weren’t just throwers but successful track sprinters.     

Current standout Division I Defensive Linemen that participated in high school track & field 

         

Margus Hunt international discus throw – Photo credit: spikesmag.com

Billy Winn – Boise State:  A three-star athlete coming out of Las Vegas HS, Nevada.  Winn was state runner-up in the discus with a best of (171’11) and qualified for state track meet in shot put with best of (53’01).  He is known as one of the leaders of Boise State’s defense and is second on the team with 5.5 TFLs.   

Brandon Bair – Oregon:  Great story, South Fremont HS grad in Idaho, in 2002.  He’s six-foot-seven and leads the Ducks with 12 TFLs…also won Idaho state championship throwing discus (168’00) and threw shot put and ran 400 meters.  

Cameron Jordan – California:  The senior defensive lineman has quietly registered three sacks and 4.5 TFLs this season.  Jordan had 20.5 TFLs the past two seasons and perhaps extra attention and double teams have impacted his numbers.  However no argument can be made about this guy’s explosive ability and as one might expect he was a state champion discus thrower (175’07) at Chandler HS (AZ).  He also qualified for state in the shot put.   

Cliff Matthews – South Carolina:  The Gamecocks have some really freaky athletic guys along the defensive line, might have to blog about later, but Matthews has been very consistent the past few seasons while playing in the SEC with 10 sacks and 15.5 TFLs.  While he only has one sack and 3.5 TFLs this season he’s been a steady player.  He also had an impressive athletic career at Cheraw HS, in South Carolina, winning the state shot put title (54’00) and qualifying for state twice in the discus with throws over (134’00) and even high jumped (6’04).      

Christian Ballard – Iowa:  Has great size and is listed on Mel Kiper’s list of top seniors at defensive tackle.  He has the speed to match…attended Lawrence Free State HS in Kansas.  Qualified for state track meet in the 400 relay (42.82) and 200 meters (22.97).  Perhaps most impressive he ran indoor (6.80) 55 meters dash in high school.   

Da’Quan Bowers – Clemson:  Attended Bamberg-Erhardt HS in South Carolina, leads NCAA with 14.5 TFLs and 7.5 sacks.  Qualified for state meet in shot put (46’00) and ran a reported 11.5 in the 100 meters…impressive for a six-foot-four and 250lb high school athlete.   

 Dontay Moch – Nevada:  Known primarily for his great speed, attended Hamilton HS, in Nevada and was a state champion in the 100 meters (10.78), 400 relay (41.78) and 200 meters (21.84) as a junior.  Only rated two-star by Rivals but listed at 220 pounds as a high school senior his track times were incredible.  Currently tied for second nationally with 14 TFLs, may project as LB in pros.       

Drake Nevis – LSU:  Has really come on this season and leads team in sacks with five, 11.5 TFLs and third with 38 total tackles.  Threw shot put (50’09) qualifying for state meet and threw discus (147’04) at John Ehret HS in Louisiana.  

Ethan Johnson – Notre Dame:  Johnson has steadily improved the past few years with 10.5 TFLs and seven sacks.  This season he’s tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks and helped improve the team’s defense – okay they haven’t improved a whole lot - this year.  He attended Lincoln HS, in Portland, Oregon, and threw the shot put and javelin.  Finished fourth at the state meet in shot put with a best of (54’09) and threw the javelin (176’03).   

Guy Miller – Colorado State:  Set school and Mountain West Conference records with 4.5 sacks against UNLV.  Miller graduated from Scott City HS, in Kansas, and was a successful high school thrower qualifying for the state meet in the shot put (46’01) as a junior.   

Jabaal Sheard – Pittsburgh:  Really stepped up for Pitt after the injury to Greg Romeus by leading the team this year with 8 TFLs and is tied for team lead with five sacks.  Sheard went to Hollywood Hills HS (FL) and finished fourth at state meet in the shot put (53’00) and also threw the discus.     

Ja’Gared Davis – Southern Methodist:  Sort of cheating here as Davis is a linebacker and a bit undersized at that.  However Davis ranks second in Conference-USA in sacks with six and 11 TFLs.   He attended Crockett HS, in Texas, and qualified for the Texas State Meet (not easy to do) in the 300 hurdles (38.74)  and ran the 110 high hurdles (14.75), triple jumped (46’02), high jumped (5’10) and ran a leg on the regional qualifying 400 relay (43.37).  Not bad for a linebacker…his teammate defensive end, Margus Hunt, has been mentioned on this blog before could also appear on this list – he’s pictured above - as he’s blocked NINE kicks in 20 career games!   

Jared Crick – Nebraska:  Last year was Suh’s sidekick but certainly has his own identity now and was listed on virtually every preseason all-whatever teams this year.  He’s lived up to the hype and pressure by tying for team lead in TFLs with 4.5 and tackles by defensive lineman.  Crick has been mentioned on several FTA blogs for his background as a high school thrower at Cozad HS, in Nebraska, where he was state runner-up in the shot put and threw (61’03) at B5 district meet.  Yeah he was probably an easy one to find on the recruiting trail…  

Jarvis Jenkins – Clemson:  Another massive tackle that has accumulated some serious TFL numbers in the past few years.  He currently has five TFLs this season and while he’s not a sack master and has battled some injury issues he has been productive.  Jenkins attended D.W. Daniel HS (SC) was a very successful basketball player and a regional qualifier in the shot put (46’06) and discus.   

 Jeremy Beal – Oklahoma:  One of nation leaders in TFLs with 8.5 and six sacks.  According to Mel Kiper he’s one of the five best senior defensive ends in the eyes of NFL brass.  Probably not too much surprise Beal threw the discus at Carrollton Creekview HS (TX) and was quite successful throwing (163’02) at the District 10-5A Meet in 2006.     

J.J. Watt – Wisconsin:  Just off a completely dominant performance against Ohio State with two sacks and three TFLs…and his story how he got to Wisconsin is just awesome.  Clearly part of his success stems from his high school athletic career as a four-sport athlete.  Pewaukee HS (WI) grad and state champion shot putter (59’11) as a senior…he intially attended Central Michigan as a tight end and walked-on at Wisconsin.     

Kheeston Randall - Texas:  Instrumental in Texas defeating Nebraska last week and holding Taylor Martinez to just 21 yards on 13 carries.  Currently leads stingy Texas defense with nine TFLs…attended Monsignor Kelly HS (TX) and finished third at the TAPPS 6A State Meet in the shot put (46’04) with a best of  (48’07) in 2008.   

Marcel Dareus – Alabama:  One of this most highly regarded defensive linemen in college football and MVP of last year’s BCS game was suspended for several games but hasn’t missed a beat.    Dareus attended Hayes, East Lake and Huffman HS (AL).  He played basketball while in high school and threw the shot put (41’09) and discus as a senior.   

Markus White – Florida State:  Prepared for a breakout season this year…had 10.5 TFLs last year but like the entire defense last year looked lost at times.  This year he’s second with 3.5 sacks on a team that leads the nation with 30!  White a junior college transfer attended John Leonard HS (FL) and was a regional qualifier in the shot put (46’08) and threw the discus too.       

Mike Martin – Michigan:  This guy is built like Juggernaut from X-Men…but seriously he’s the backbone of Michigan’s d-line.  Martin is second on the team with 5.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks but more important than his stats is the ability to anchor.  He put his tremendous strength and build to good use while at Detroit Central Catholic HS, in Michigan, by winning the state heavyweight wrestling title, twice, and winning the state shot put two straight years. His best of (63’09) in the shot was just short the state record.  

Mike Daniels – Iowa:  Perhaps a lesser known name but no less productive as Daniels actually leads the Hawkeyes in TFLs with eight and sacks with three.  He’s even outshined his better known teammates like Adrian Clayborn and Karl Klug in the stats department thus far.  So he deserves to be named here.  Daniels graduated Highland Regional HS (NJ) was a three-year letterwinner in wrestling and state qualifier in the discus (143’06) and threw the shot put (58’09) at the New Jersey Meet of Champions.   

Sam Acho – Texas:  Senior defensive end is among the leaders for the Longhorns with 7.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks and an additional four quaterback hurries.  Acho and his brother, Emmanuel (Longhorn’s starting linebacker), attended St. Mark’s HS (TX).  Sam was TAPPS state champion in the shot put (57’09) and discus (163’05).   

Stephen Paea – Oregon State:  He’s been mentioned before as Paea has been a very good linemen for several years.  His three sacks and 3.5 TFLs might not be as impressive this year but his ability to anchor the line is very impressive.  Paea’s strength is well documented (think bench press) and was a thrower at Timpview HS, in Utah.  He was state runner-up in the shot put (52’08) and state qualifier in the discus with a best of (153’03).   

Tyrone Crawford – Boise State:  For the most part Boise State’s offense has received most of the hype and credit for their team’s success but players like Crawford and Billy Winn, mentioned above, deserve some for what they do on defense.  Crawford leads the team with 6.5 TFLs and has 2.5 sacks and 19 total tackles which is saying a bunch on a defense that leads the nation against the run.  He went to high school at Central Catholic in Windsor, Ontario and was a three-sport athlete.  He was a national-caliber shot put thrower leading the country in the junior nationals category and qualified for nationals in the discus.  His best in the shot put exceeded 56-feet and over 140-feet in the discus.     

Von Miller – Texas A&M:  Speed rush defensive end set the world on fire last year  with 21.5 TFLs and 16.5 sacks but has been a bit dinged up this year and maybe not quite as effective.  At least his numbers, 4.5 TFLs, 20 tackles and two sacks, aren’t nearly what they were the first half of last season.  Perhaps the schedule is tougher this season and no dobut Miller has faced constant double teams and schemes to stop him.  Certainly can’t argue with his athleticism and speed.  Miller was a very successful hurdler in high school (Desoto, TX) running a sub-14.5 in 110 hurdles and even triple jumping and throwing the javelin at the junior olympic meet in 2005.   

 

Okay enough of that…offensive linemen next time.     

          

 

  

Get Wake Forest’s Josh Harris a uniform!

October 17th, 2010

Wake Forest’s redshirt freshman Josh Harris explodes against Virginia Tech for 241 yards and two touchdowns!  A couple things jump out at me here.  First, Harris hadn’t gained more than 74 yards in a single game and that was against…Presbyterian.  He gains three times that amount on only 20 carries against Va Tech.  Two, usually Va Tech’s defense is more stingy against the run…particularly against struggling teams like Wake starting a freshman back.  Three, Harris outgained Tech’s highly talented backs Darren Evans and David Wilson, a fantastic track athlete too, combined (on fewer carries).  Four, Harris is just plain FAST! 

Harris ran track at Duncanville High School in Texas and had a few of the fastest high school 100 meter times in the state for 2009.  I read in a few spots he supposedly ran 10.09 (obviously that’s wind-aided and hand-held) which I find difficult to believe.  However he did run a documented 10.34 / 100 meters and 21.24 / 200 meters. If we assume those were hand-held that still puts him sub-10.6 and sub-21.5.  He reminds me a bit of UTEP’s back, Donald Buckram.  Buckram was also a Texas high school running back and track athlete with bests of 10.25 (hand-held) in the 100 meters.  Buckram didn’t have success until later in his career and not against a team the caliber of Virginia Tech.  It would seem Harris is pretty talented and kudos to the Wake offensive line.

Multi-sport linemen, think Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt

October 17th, 2010

If you watched last night’s Wisconsin v. Ohio State game it must have been not to notice the dominant performance by Wisconsin’s defensive end J.J. Watt.  Watt consistently beat and outhustled Ohio State’s less athletic offensive line.  In fact, he had led the game with two sacks and three TFLs against what had been considered a fairly solid Ohio State line. 

The most interesting part about all this was Watt’s struggle to get to Wisconsin.  He was lightly recruited out of high school and actually played tight end for Central Michigan as a true freshman and later walked-on at Wisconsin.  Another interesting nugget…Watt participated and excelled in five sports at Pewaukee High School in Wisconsin.  And, no shock here, he was a state champion shot putter as a senior, throwing 59’11.  College coaches and football recruiters would do well to pay attention to well-rounded high school athletes.

Looking for track stats on a few football greats

October 13th, 2010

Okay, I’ve reached the point where finding high school track data on certain football greats has become increasingly difficult.  I’ve got to resort to begging for help and track data online.  FTA’s proprietary track / football database currently has over 12,000 D1 and NFL players and growing.  The website says 7,500…I need to update.  Eventually I plan on releasing the entire database on the website for open access.   But I need some help.

Anyway I’ll share a few collegiate and NFL greats each week, perhaps some or all of these track facts are common knowledge but I find them interesting. 

Tedy Bruschi – Arizona Wildcat linebacker and New England Patriot attended Roseville High School in California and was the San Joaquin Section (SAC) Champion in the shot put (58’10) and discus (175’11) in 1991. 

Eric Swann – Did not attend a Division I college but was a first round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals (1991) and was a two-time NFL Pro Bowler at defensive tackle.   Swann was state runner-up in shot put (54’02) and discus ( 152’06) North Carolina while attending W. Harnett High School.   

Lynn Swann – University of Southern California wide receiver and NFL Hall-of-Fame Pittsburgh Steeler attended Serra High School in California and was a two-time state champion long jumper (1969-1970) with best of 24’10 and best of 9.8 in the 100 yard dash. 

Julius Peppers – University of North Carolina defensive end and current Chicago Bear attended Southern Nash High School in North Carolina and was state runner-up in the triple jump (46’10) and state champion 1600 relay member (3:23.10).  Rumor has it Peppers high jumped in the neighborhood of 6’08.  Yes, Peppers is known more for his skills on the basketball court than his track exploits but he was a terrific high school athlete. 

Now I need some help with high school track data on the following players…any legitimate data would be appreciated but please include the meet, year and specific event.  Relay events are welcome data too.

Any high school track data on the following playersPlease let me know! 

Michael Irvin:  St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Florida – University of Miami-FL and Dallas Cowboy wide receiver 

Marshall Faulk:  G.W. Carver High School, Louisiana – San Diego State University and St. Louis Ram running back

Mike Rozier: Woodrow Wilson High School, New Jersey – University of Nebraska (Heisman Trophy) and Houston Oiler running back

Andy Katzenmoyer: Westerfield South High School, Ohio – (The) Ohio State University and New England Patriot linebacker

Please contact me if you have an legit data and want to contribute - mark@footballtalentadvisors.com

Get Him a Uniform!

October 13th, 2010

Thinking of a new way to give shout outs to young college players while adding a little knowledge to the fan base. I couldn’t help but think about a scene in the movie “Major League” when Indians manager, Lou Brown, watches Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes) run the 60 yard dash in panjamas dusting several teammates in the process.  Afterwards Brown exclaimed, “Get him a uniform!”  Thats the perfect slogan for FTA to shout out to college football’s top performing newcomers. 

Btw…I read online somewhere Snipes character could run 9-flat 100 yard dash! Don’t know where they got that one…I wonder if Hayes could catch a football? 

On to more serious things:

I’ve seen a few young players this season that could run like Hayes, jump like Mayes AND play some football…in other words get them a uniform

Marquess Wilson is the leading freshman receiver in the nation not bad for playing on a struggling Washington State team…in fairness they have shown some signs of improvement recently.  In fact, the feeling up in Washington is this kid might be a phenom.  By the way it might be no surprise Wilson ran track at Tulare Union High School and qualified for California’s State Meet in the long jump (22’01) and had bests in the high jump of 6’08 and 46’01 in the triple jump.  Clearly he’s got some ups and coordination…add to that 11.24 / 100 meter speed and size, he’s six-foot three.  

There’s been some hype about the resurgence of the San Diego State program in no small part due to the efforts of back Ronnie Hillman and a solid offensive line.  Hillman has drawn comparisons to Reggie Bush.  No he’s not quite that fast…but Hillman was a track athlete in high school and put up respectable stats that clearly “translate” to the field and then some.  Hillman was a sprinter at La Habra High School in California and ran the 100 meters (11.04), 200 meters (22.4) and long jump (best I recall was 21’09).  Regardless he’s an exciting player for a team on the rise.  Coach Hoke is doing a great rebuilding job in San Diego…just like he did at Ball State. 

Yeah,  Southern Cal is having a tough go right now.  But freshman Robert Woods is nothing short of spectacular…at least he was last weekend against a good Stanford team.  224 yards and 3 touchdowns!?  Insane.  To top it off Woods was certainly a high school (Serra) track star to say the least.  He had bests of 46.17 in the 400 meters and was California state runner-up this past spring, 21.04 in the 200 meters (good for third at state) and state champion in the 1600 meter relay in the ridiculous time of 3:08.72.  For good measure he also ran a leg on the 400 relay (41.52)…point this guy in the right direction and he’s going to make plays.      

Arizona State’s Deantre Lewis is having a solid freshman season averaging 7.37 yards on 54 carries and currently leading the team in rushing.  Lewis, out of Norco High School in California, competed in track and ran the 100 meters (11.24) and 400 relay (43.12).  Another player with a lot of football savy and just enough speed to be dangerous.   

Well I’m just about out of uniforms for this week…

Jump Ball Receiver

October 7th, 2010

Tennessee has one of last year’s best high school track athletes in true freshman wide receiver Justin Hunter.  Apparently the Vols coaching staff is going to see to it that Hunter is a larger part of the offense going forward.  Well certainly they won’t find a player with better hops and athleticism.  Hunter had bests of 25’08 in the long jump, 50’08 in the triple jump and 7’03 in the high jump last year for Ocean Lakes High School, even long jumped 25’10 at the USATF Junior Championships in June (wow!).  Throw in a 21.62 / 200 meters for speed, at six-foot five, Hunter has got to be a considered a serious red-zone threat and potentially a real problem for SEC defenses in the future.  To me it looks like they’ve got a bigger / faster version of Carl Pickens (minus the ‘tude).  Now all the Vols have to do is develop and get him the ball…time will tell. 

Yup, the SEC already has two outstanding supersized wideouts in Julio Jones and A.J. Green.  Hunter appears to have the same athletic ability, perhaps even more than Jones or Green, and might even be a touch bigger especially with a year or two of college weight training under his belt.

Oregon’s football / track collaboration

September 27th, 2010

University of Oregon’s football team is scoring a heck of a lot of points so far this year and is arguably the fastest team in the country.  Oddly enough they had as many as eight football players running for Oregon’s track team this past spring.  Interesting concept!  They certainly do have a fast team, even by Pac-10 standards, as evidenced by some of the times put up by players in 60 and 100 meters.  Link:  Oregon track and football forging a ‘great relationship’

Kudos to Coach Kelly for allowing that many players to participate for the team…several were major contributors.  Proves that maybe spring track isn’t such a hit to football’s bottom line.  

I’ve said enough about Michigan’s Denard Robinson over the past year…he’s track fast and that fast translates to the field…was there ever a doubt?  Anyway a new young quarterback to hit the college football scene this past week was Florida’s Lawrence “Trey” Burton and I was pleased to see he was a basketball and track athlete at Venice High School.  He even ran on the track team’s 400 relay (42.31) and 800 relay (1:29xx) keep in mind he was over 6’02 / 200lbs., impressive.