Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors
Every year there are a handful of Division 1 football players that participate in collegiate indoor track and sometimes outdoor track. This year is no exception, and from what I found maybe a few surprise names participating at several conference indoor championship meets.
Bruce Feldman, Senior Writer for ESPN.com, noted on his blog that former Michigan freshman running back Sam McGuffie recently sprinted and long jumped for his new college, Rice University. Feldman also noted that McGuffie was beaten in the 60 meters by Isaiah Sweeney a freshman wide receiver from University of Houston. Interestingly both players were state caliber high school long jumpers (23-10) and Sweeney was a state champion 100 meter sprinter – 10.32.
Here’s a look at a few notables:
SEC Indoor Conference Championships:
Trindon Holliday – (RB – KR / LSU) – 6.58 / 60 meter SEC Indoor Champion
Geno Atkins – (DT / Georgia) – 55-07 / Shot Put…this coming off a torn ACL last fall
Deonte Thompson – (WR / Florida) – 22.14 / 200 meter prelims…expect more if he runs outdoor track
Frankie Hammond Jr. – (WR / Florida) – 6-11 / High jump…good for 3rd place
* It’ll be interesting if Florida’s other backs like Demps and Rainey run outdoors.
ACC Indoor Conference Championships:
C.J. Spiller – (RB / Clemson) – 6.75 / 60 meter prelims & 22.05 / 200 meter prelims
Jacoby Ford – (WR / Clemson) – 6.51 / 60 meter champion & ACC Record / 21.18 / 200 meter prelims
Michael Ray Garvin – (CB / Florida State) – 6.59 / 60 meter finals
Travis Benjamin – (WR – KR / Miami) – 7.02 / 60 meter prelims
Davon Johnson – (WR / Miami) – 6.99 / 60 meter prelims
Brandon Harris – (CB / Miami) – 7.09 / 60 meter prelims
* Good to see some Hurricanes back in the track mix…Miami used to have many players sprinting in the spring.
Big 10 Indoor Conference Championships:
Chimdi Chekwa – (CB / Ohio State) – 6.84 / 60 meter prelims
Paul Chaney – (WR / Iowa) – 6.82 / 60 meter prelims
Vince Helmuth – (FB / Michigan) – 52-00 / Shot Put prelims
Big 12 Indoor Conference Championships:
Ryan Miller – (OT / Colorado) – 44-05 / Shot Put prelims…threw 46-07 his first collegiate meet at Air Force Invitational earlier during indoor ’09 season.