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2014 NFL Draft High School Track and Multi-Sport Participation

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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Here’s the annual breakdown of high school multi-sport participation by players taken in the NFL Draft. This year overall track and field participation appeared to increase to 58% (149 players) from 51% (130 players) in 2013.  Overall multi-sport participation was high at 86.7% with this year’s draft class.  That means 222 of the 256 players drafted this year participated in at least one other varsity sport in high school.  The 86% is a slight increase from 2013 which had roughly 83% overall multi-sport participation. Track and field participation by players averages approximately 55% since the 2007 NFL Draft.  Overall multi-sport participation since the 2007 is approximately 84%.

During this year’s draft broadcast Bill Polian and Mel Kiper touted players with high school wrestling backgrounds.  Polian even went so far to say wrestling was great for “big men”.  Unfortunately high school wrestling participation is very low (3%) with football players in the draft and participation continues to fall annually.  However track and field participation appears to be steady if not growing slightly.  Basketball participation is also very prevalent (49%), no surprise.

At the bottom of the draft grid, see latest blog, is a list of the top high school sprint, jumps and throws by players drafted this year. As always the data is approximate and only information available at the time was used to compile the list.  So we apologize for any errors and or omissions.  Additionally sorry for the formatting or lack thereof.

Round Pick Team Last First Position College T&F Basketball Baseball Wrestling Other (Sports) Star (Rivals)
1 1 Texans Clowney Jadaveon DE South Carolina 1 1 5
1 2 Rams Robinson Greg OT Auburn 1 4
1 3 Jaguars Bortles Blake QB Central Florida 1 3
1 4 Bills Watkins Sammy WR Clemson 1 5
1 5 Raiders Mack Khalil LB Buffalo 1 2
1 6 Falcons Matthews Jake OT Texas A&M 1 4
1 7 Buccaneers Evans Mike WR Texas A&M 1 1 3
1 8 Browns Gilbert Justin CB Oklahoma State 1 1 4
1 9 Vikings Barr Anthony LB UCLA 1 1 4
1 10 Lions Ebron Eric TE North Carolina 1 3
1 11 Titans Lewan Taylor OT Michigan 4
1 12 Giants Beckham Odell WR Louisiana State 1 1 4
1 13 Rams Donald Aaron DT Pittsburgh 3
1 14 Bears Fuller Kyle CB Virginia Tech 1 3
1 15 Steelers Shazier Ryan LB Ohio State 4
1 16 Cowboys Martin Zack OT Notre Dame 1 1 4
1 17 Ravens Moseley C.J. LB Alabama 1 1 4
1 18 Jets Pryor Calvin DB Louisville 1 1 3
1 19 Dolphins James Ja’Wuan OT Tennessee 1 4
1 20 Saints Cooks Brandin WR Oregon State 1 1 4
1 21 Packers Clinton-Dix Ha Ha DB Alabama 1 1 5
1 22 Browns Manziel Johnny QB Texas A&M 1 3
1 23 Chiefs Ford Dee DE Auburn 1 3
1 24 Bengals Dennard Darqueze CB Michigan State 1 1 2
1 25 Chargers Verrett Jason CB TCU 1 3
1 26 Eagles Smith Marcus DE Louisville 1 1 3
1 27 Cardinals Buchannon Deone DB Washington State Golf 3
1 28 Panthers Benjamin Kelvin WR Florida State 1 1 4
1 29 Patriots Easley Dominique DT Florida 1 5
1 30 49ers Ward Jimmie DB Northern Illinois 2
1 31 Broncos Roby Bradley CB Ohio State 1 1 3
1 32 Seahawks Bridgewater Teddy QB Louisville 4
2 33 Texans Su’a-Filo Xavier OG UCLA 1 4
2 34 Cowboys Lawrence Demarcus DE Boise State 1 3
2 35 Browns Bitonio Joel OT Nevada 1 1 2
2 36 Raiders Carr Derek QB Fresno State 1 3
2 37 Falcons Hageman Ra’Shede DT Minnesota 1 3
2 38 Buccaneers Seferian-Jenkins Austin TE Washington 1 4
2 39 Jaguars Lee Marquise WR USC 1 1 4
2 40 Lions Van Noy Kyle LB BYU 1 1 4
2 41 Rams Joyner Lamarcus CB Florida State 1 5
2 42 Eagles Matthews Jordan WR Vanderbilt 1 3
2 43 Giants Richburg Weston C Colorado State 1 1 2
2 44 Bills Kouandjio Cyrus OT Alabama 5
2 45 Seahawks Richardson Paul WR Colorado 1 1 4
2 46 Steelers Tuitt Stephon DE Notre Dame 1 1 5
2 47 Redskins Murphy Trent LB Stanford 1 1 3
2 48 Ravens Jernigan Timmy DT Florida State 1 4
2 49 Jets Amaro Jace TE Texas Tech 1 1 4
2 50 Chargers Attaochu Jeremiah LB Georgia Tech 3
2 51 Bears Ferguson Ego DT Louisiana State 1 4
2 52 Cardinals Niklas Troy TE Notre Dame 1 1 4
2 53 Packers Adams Davante WR Fresno State 1 2
2 54 Titans Sankey Bishop RB Washington 1 4
2 55 Bengals Hill Jeremy RB Louisiana State 1 4
2 56 Broncos Latimer Cody WR Indiana 1 1 3
2 57 49ers Hyde Carlos RB Ohio State 1 1 4
2 58 Saints Jean-Baptiste Stanley CB Nebraska 1 1 0
2 59 Colts Mewhort Jack OT Ohio State 1 4
2 60 Panthers Ealy Kony DE Missouri 1 1 4
2 61 Jaguars Robinson Allen WR Penn State 1 3
2 62 Patriots Garoppolo Jimmy QB Eastern Illinois 1 1 2
2 63 Dolphins Landry Jarvis WR Louisiana State 1 1 5
2 64 Seahawks Britt Justin OT Missouri 1 1 2
3 65 Texans Fiedorowicz C.J. TE Iowa 1 1 4
3 66 Redskins Moses Morgan OT Virginia 4
3 67 Dolphins Turner Billy OT North Dakota State 1 2
3 68 Falcons Southward Dezmen DB Wisconsin 1 1 2
3 69 Buccaneers Sims Charles RB West Virginia 1 3
3 70 49ers Martin Marcus C USC 1 3
3 71 Browns Kirksey Christian LB Iowa 1 3
3 72 Vikings Crichton Scott DE Oregon State 3
3 73 Bills Brown Preston LB Louisville 1 3
3 74 Giants Bromley Jay DT Syracuse 0
3 75 Rams Mason Tre RB Auburn 1 1 4
3 76 Lions Swanson Travis C Arkansas 1 3
3 77 49ers Borland Chris LB Wisconsin 1 1 3
3 78 Redskins Long Spencer OG Nebraska 1 1 0
3 79 Ravens Brooks Terrence DB Florida State 1 3
3 80 Jets McDougle Dexter CB Maryland 1 3
3 81 Raiders Jackson Gabe OG Mississippi State 3
3 82 Bears Sutton Will DT Arizona State 3
3 83 Texans Nix Louis DT Notre Dame 1 1 4
3 84 Cardinals Martin Kareem DE North Carolina 1 1 3
3 85 Packers Thornton Khyri DT Southern Miss 4
3 86 Eagles Huff Josh WR Oregon 1 4
3 87 Chiefs Gaines Phillip CB Rice 1 2
3 88 Bengals Clarke Will DE West Virginia 1 1 2
3 89 Chargers Watt Chris OG Notre Dame 1 3
3 90 Colts Moncrief Donte WR Mississippi 1 1 4
3 91 Cardinals Brown John WR Pittsburg State 0
3 92 Panthers Turner Trai OG Louisiana State 4
3 93 Jaguars Linder Brandon OG Miami-Florida 4
3 94 Browns West Terrance RB Towson State 1 1 1 0
3 95 Broncos Schofield Michael OT Michigan 1 1 4
3 96 Vikings McKinnon Jerick RB Georgia Southern 1 3
3 97 Steelers Archer Dri RB Kent State 1 1 2
3 98 Packers Rodgers Richard TE California 1 3
3 99 Ravens Gillmore Crockett TE Colorado State 1 1 3
3 100 49ers Thomas Brandon OT Clemson 1 4
4 101 Eagles Watkins Jaylen CB Florida 1 4
4 102 Redskins Breeland Bashaud CB Clemson 1 1 3
4 103 Falcons Freeman Devonta RB Florida State 4
4 104 Jets Saunders Jalen WR Oklahoma / Fresno State 1 3
4 105 Patriots Stork Bryan C Florida State 3
4 106 49ers Ellington Bruce WR South Carolina 1 1 0
4 107 Raiders Ellis Justin DT Louisiana Tech 1 2
4 108 Seahawks Marsh Cassius DE UCLA 4
4 109 Bills Cockrell Ross CB Duke 1 1 3
4 110 Rams Alexander Maurice DB Utah State 1 1 2
4 111 Bengals Bodine Russell C North Carolina 1 3
4 112 Titans Jones DaQuan DT Penn State 1 3
4 113 Giants Williams Andre RB Boston College 1 3
4 114 Jaguars Colvin Aaron CB Oklahoma 1 3
4 115 Jets Evans Shaquelle WR UCLA 1 4
4 116 Raiders McGill Keith CB Utah 1 4
4 117 Bears Carey Ka’Deem RB Arizona 1 4
4 118 Steelers Bryant Martavis WR Clemson 1 4
4 119 Cowboys Hitchens Anthony LB Iowa 1 1 2
4 120 Cardinals Thomas Logan QB Virginia Tech 1 1 4
4 121 Packers Bradford Carl LB Arizona State 1 3
4 122 Titans Huff Marqueston DB Wyoming 1 3
4 123 Seahawks Norwood Kevin WR Alabama 1 1 4
4 124 Chiefs Thomas De’Anthony RB Oregon 1 5
4 125 Dolphins Aikens Walt CB Liberty / Illinois 1 1 2
4 126 Saints Fortt Khairi LB California / Penn State 1 4
4 127 Browns Desir Pierre CB Lindenwood / Washburn 1 1 2
4 128 Panthers Boston Tre DB North Carolina 1 3
4 129 49ers Johnson Dontae CB N.C. State 1 3
4 130 Patriots White James RB Wisconsin 1 3
4 131 Bears Vereen Brock DB Minnesota 1 3
4 132 Seahawks Pierre-Louis Kevin LB Boston College 1 Lacrosse 4
4 133 Lions Lawson Nevin CB Utah State 1 2
4 134 Ravens Urban Brent DT Virginia 1 2
4 135 Texans Savage Tom QB Pittsburgh / Rutgers 4
4 136 Lions Webster Larry DE Bloomsburg 1 1 0
4 137 Jets Dozier Dakota OT Furman 1 0
4 138 Ravens Taliaferro Lorenzo RB Coastal Carolina 1 0
4 139 Falcons Shembo Prince LB Notre Dame 1 1 4
4 140 Patriots Fleming Cameron OT Stanford 1 1 3
5 141 Eagles Hart Taylor DE Oregon 1 3
5 142 Redskins Grant Ryan WR Tulane 1 2
5 143 Buccaneers Edwards Kadeem OG Tennessee State 1 0
5 144 Jaguars Smith Telvin LB Florida State 1 4
5 145 Vikings Yankey David OG Stanford 3
5 146 Cowboys Street Devin WR Pittsburgh 1 2
5 147 Falcons Allen Ricardo CB Purdue 1 3
5 148 Panthers Benwikere Ben CB San Jose State 1 1 0
5 149 Buccaneers Pamphile Kevin OT Purdue 1 2
5 150 49ers Lynch Aaron DE South Florida / Notre Dame 1 4
5 151 Titans Williamson Avery LB Kentucky 1 3
5 152 Giants Berhe Nat DB San Diego State 1 3
5 153 Bills Richardson Cyril OG Baylor 3
5 154 Jets George Jeremiah LB Iowa State 3
5 155 Dolphins Lynch Arthur TE Georgia 1 4
5 156 Broncos Barrow Lamin LB Louisiana State 3
5 157 Steelers Richardson Shaquille CB Arizona 1 3
5 158 Lions Reid Caraun DT Princeton Lacrosse 2
5 159 Jaguars Smith Chris DE Arkansas 1 3
5 160 Cardinals Stinson Ed DE Alabama 1 4
5 161 Packers Linsley Corey C Ohio State 1 4
5 162 Eagles Reynolds Ed DB Stanford 1 3
5 163 Chiefs Murray Aaron QB Georgia 4
5 164 Bengals McCarron A.J. QB Alabama 1 1 4
5 165 Chargers Carrethers Ryan DT Arkansas State 1 2
5 166 Colts Newsome Jonathan DE Ball State / Ohio State 1 3
5 167 Saints Sunseri Vinnie DB Alabama 3
5 168 Falcons Spruill Marcus LB Syracuse 4
5 169 Saints Powell Ronald LB Florida 5
5 170 49ers Reaser Keith CB Florida Atlantic 1 0
5 171 Dolphins Tripp Jordan LB Montana 1 0
5 172 Seahawks Staten Jimmy DT Middle Tennessee 1 2
5 173 Steelers Johnson Wesley OT Vanderbilt 1 1 3
5 174 Giants Kennard Devon DE USC 1 1 5
5 175 Ravens Urschel John OG Penn State 1 2
5 176 Packers Abbrederis Jared WR Wisconsin 1 1 0
6 177 Texans Pagan Jeoffrey DE Alabama 4
6 178 Titans Mettenberger Zach QB Louisiana State 4
6 179 Patriots Halapio Jon OG Florida 1 3
6 180 49ers Acker Kenneth CB Southern Methodist 1 1 3
6 181 Texans Blue Alfred RB Louisiana State 1 3
6 182 Vikings Exum Antone CB Virginia Tech 1 1 3
6 183 Bears Fales David QB San Jose State 1 3
6 184 Vikings James Kendall CB Maine 1 1 0
6 185 Buccaneers Herron Robert WR Wyoming 1 0
6 186 Redskins Seastrunk Lache RB Baylor 1 5
6 187 Giants Jackson Bennett CB Notre Dame 1 3
6 188 Rams Gaines E.J. CB Missouri 1 1 3
6 189 Lions Jones T.J. WR Notre Dame 4
6 190 Dolphins Hazel Matt WR Coastal Carolina 1 2
6 191 Bears O’Donnell Pat P Miami-Florida 1 2
6 192 Steelers Zumwalt Jordan LB UCLA 1 1 4
6 193 Chiefs Fulton Zach OG Tennessee 1 3
6 194 Ravens Wenning Keith QB Ball State 1 1 3
6 195 Jets Dixon Brandon CB Northwest Missouri State 1 0
6 196 Cardinals Powell Walt WR Murray State 1 0
6 197 Packers Goodson Demetri CB Baylor 1 1 0
6 198 Patriots Moore Zach DE Concordia (St. Paul) 1 0
6 199 Seahawks Scott Garrett OT Marshall 1 1 2
6 200 Chiefs Duvernay-Tardif Laurent OT McGill (Canada) 1 Soccer 0
6 201 Chargers Grice Marion RB Arizona State 1 4
6 202 Saints Rooks Tavon OT Kansas State 1 1 3
6 203 Colts Jackson Andrew LB Western Kentucky 1 2
6 204 Panthers Gaffney Tyler RB Stanford 1 1 4
6 205 Jaguars Bowanko Luke C Virginia 1 1 3
6 206 Patriots Thomas Jemea CB Georgia Tech 1 3
6 207 Broncos Paradis Matthew C Boise State 1 1 0
6 208 Seahawks Pinkins Eric DB San Diego State 1 3
6 209 Jets Enunwa Quincy WR Nebraska 1 3
6 210 Jets Enemkpali I.K. DE Louisiana Tech 2
6 211 Texans Prosch Jay FB Auburn / Illinois 1 1 2
6 212 Bengals Flowers Marquis LB Arizona 4
6 213 Jets Boyd Tajh QB Clemson 4
6 214 Rams Gilbert Garrett QB Southern Methodist 1 5
6 215 Steelers McCullers Daniel DT Tennessee 4
7 216 Texans Hal Andre CB Vanderbilt 1 1 3
7 217 Redskins Bolser Ted TE Indiana 1 3
7 218 Ravens Campanaro Mike WR Wake Forest 1 3
7 219 Raiders Carrie Travis CB Ohio 1 0
7 220 Vikings Stephen Shamar DT Connecticut 1 2
7 221 Bills Johnson Randell LB Florida Atlantic 1 2
7 222 Jaguars Johnson Storm RB Central Florida 1 4
7 223 Vikings Watts Brandon LB Georgia Tech 1 1 3
7 224 Eagles Allen Beau DT Wisconsin 1 3
7 225 Vikings Price Jabari CB North Carolina 1 3
7 226 Rams Van Dyk Mitchell OT Portland State 1 2
7 227 Seahawks Small Kiero RB Arkansas 1 2
7 228 Redskins Hocker Zach K Arkansas Soccer 2
7 229 Lions Freese Nate K Boston College Soccer 2
7 230 Steelers Blanchflower Rob TE Massachusetts 1 0
7 231 Cowboys Gardner Ben DE Stanford Golf 2
7 232 Colts John Ulrick OT Georgia State 1 1 0
7 233 Jets Reilly Trevor LB Utah 1 3
7 234 Dolphins Fede Terrence DE Marist 1 0
7 235 Raiders Harris Shelby DE Illinois State / Wisconsin 1 4
7 236 Packers Janis Jeff WR Saginaw Valley State 1 1 0
7 237 Bills Henderson Seantrel OT Miami-Florida 1 1 5
7 238 Cowboys Smith Will LB Texas Tech 1 1 0
7 239 Bengals Wright James WR Louisiana State 1 1 4
7 240 Chargers Reese Tevin WR Baylor 1 2
7 241 Rams Bryant C.B. DB Ohio State 1 4
7 242 Broncos Nelson Corey LB Oklahoma 1 4
7 243 49ers Ramsey Kaleb DE Boston College 1 3
7 244 Patriots Gallon Jeremy WR Michigan 1 4
7 245 49ers Millard Trey FB Oklahoma 1 1 4
7 246 Bears Leno Charles OT Boise State 1 3
7 247 Raiders Dowling Jonathan DB Western Kentucky / Flordia 1 4
7 248 Cowboys Dixon Ahmad DB Baylor 1 4
7 249 Rams Sam Michael DE Missouri 1 2
7 250 Rams Rhaney Demetrius C Tennessee State 1 2
7 251 Cowboys Bishop Ken DT Northern Illinois 1 3
7 252 Bengals Westbrooks Lavelle CB Georgia Southern 1 0
7 253 Falcons Smallwood Yawin LB Connecticut 1 3
7 254 Cowboys Mitchell Terrance CB Oregon 1 1 3
7 255 Falcons Starr Tyler LB South Dakota 1 0
7 256 Texans Ballentine Lonnie DB Memphis 1 1 3
** Top High School Throwers NFL Draft 2014** Draft Breakdown HS Participation %
Event Distance Name College Track & Field 149 /256 58.5
Shot Put 63’01” Corey Linsley Ohio State Basketball 126 / 256 49.2
Shot Put 61’10” Jace Amaro Texas Tech Baseball 17 / 256 6
Shot Put 61’00” Chris Borland Wisconsin Wrestling 8 / 256 3
Shot Put 60’01” Weston Richburg Colorado State Other (Sports) 8 / 256 3
Shot Put 59’11” Greg Robinson Auburn Total (at least 1 sport)   222 / 256 86.7
Shot Put 57’00” John Urschel Penn State ** 256 total players drafted **
Shot Put 56’08” Spencer Long Nebraska
Discus 192’07” Trent Murphy Stanford
Discus 191’02” Corey Linsley Ohio State
Discus 177’06” Troy Niklas Notre Dame
Discus 166’04” Jace Amaro Texas Tech
Discus 157’04” Logan Thomas Virginia Tech
** All results high school performances
** Top High School Jumpers NFL Draft 2014**
Event Distance Name College
Long Jump 25’01” Donte Moncrief Mississippi
Long Jump 24’08” Marquise Lee USC
Long Jump 24’02” Lavelle Westbrooks Georgia Southern
Long Jump 23’08” Walter Aikens Liberty / Illinois
Long Jump 23’06” Devin Street Pittsburgh
High Jump 6’09” Quincy Enunwa Nebraska
High Jump 6’07” Marqueston Huff Wyoming
High Jump 6’06” Kareem Martin North Carolina
High Jump 6’05” Logan Thomas Virginia Tech
Triple Jump 48’01” Tevin Reese Baylor
Triple Jump 46’09” Lavelle Westbrooks Georgia Southern
Triple Jump 45’04” Mike Evans Texas A&M
Triple Jump 45’04” Christian Kirksey Iowa
Triple Jump 44’03” Ed Reynolds Stanford
Triple Jump 44’01” Larry Webster Bloomsburg
** All results high school performances
** Top High School Sprinters NFL Draft 2014**
Event Time (sec) Name College
100m 10.45 Sammy Watkins Clemson
100m 10.47 Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State
100m 10.49 Dri Archer Kent State
100m 10.49 Lache Seastrunk Baylor
100m 10.50 Robert Herron Wyoming
100m 10.54 Jalen Sanders Oklahoma / Fresno St.
100m 10.57 De’Anthony Thomas Oregon
100m 10.68 Martavis Bryant Clemson
100m 10.72 Darqueze Dennard Michigan State
100m 10.76 Andre Williams Boston College
100m 10.76 Brandin Cooks Oregon State
200m 20.61 De’Anthony Thomas Oregon
200m 20.99 Robert Herron Wyoming
200m 21.11 Sammy Watkins Clemson
200m 21.29 Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State
200m 21.41 Jalen Sanders Oklahoma / Fresno St.
200m 21.46 Dri Archer Kent State
200m 21.46 Martavis Bryant Clemson
200m 21.51 Keith Reaser Florida Atlantic
200m 21.59 Brandin Cooks Oregon State
200m 21.73 Bennett Jackson Notre Dame
110HH 13.75 Bennett Jackson Notre Dame
110HH 14.09 Phillip Gaines Rice
110HH 14.33 Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin
** All results high school performances

Another former high school thrower making waves in SEC football

Tuesday, 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.

Oregon’s football / track collaboration

Monday, 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.

Fastest Players for 2010 – By Heisman Pundit

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Check out HeismanPundit’s annual list of the fastest players in college football. Personally I think HP’s list is the most legit out there because he takes verifiable and recent track data along with football production – you know the visual stuff the great feet, breakaway speed and ankle breaking moves – to arrive at the players to include.  Of course not all the guys selected have had stellar football careers up to now but it is hard to argue about their speed.   

HP is hoping to make more additions to this year’s list so hit up the site and comment but make sure you bring the verfiable data to back up your player’s inclusion.  The rumored hand-held forty times from spring practices and so forth you heard about won’t cut it. 

I’ve got a few additions…Zach Brown, linebacker from UNC.  He ran 6.72 in the 60…that’s fast regardless of the position you play. And I didn’t see LSU’s Patrick Peterson and Jai Eugene mentioned and perhaps they should.  Both guys can fly and some down at LSU say Peterson could probably beat Trindon Holliday in the forty (I’d have to see to believe) but you gotta be fast for anyone to make such a claim and Eugene ran 10.56 and 21.5 or so in high school.  

Probably not a coincidence that Zach Brown also appears as a “Just missed the cut” member of Bruce Feldman’s annual college football “Freaks” list.  Jeff Demps is the only player appearing on both the fastest list and Feldman’s Freaks list.  Guess that’s what happens when you run sub-10 seconds in the 100 meters.

ACC and other conferences showing off indoor “football” speed

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Posted by Mark Branstad

A few weeks ago I posted a brief spreadsheet with several football players having early standout indoor track performances.  In particular I mentioned UNC’s linebacker, Zach Brown and Michigan’s quarterback, Denard Robinson

But this week specifically I should mention Florida running back Jeff Demps and his NCAA best 6.59 / 60 meter time at the Tyson Invite.  Demps just might end up being the fastest football player of all-time (he’s already got the fastest 100 meters).  A few other outstanding indoor sprint performances worthy of mention include: Texas receiver, Marquise Goodwin, who dropped a 6.69 / 60 meter time last week and another Florida running back, Chris Rainey, ran 6.70 / 60 meters at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet a few weeks ago. 

Ohio State transfer, Lamaar Thomas, surfaced quickly for University of New Mexico track team running 6.84 / 60 meters at the Air Force Invite.   

The ACC and Pac-10 appear to have the most football players partcipating in indoor track this season with the University of Miami having six or more players on the track team.  Kind of the like the good ole’ days if your a Miami Hurricane fan. 

And hey, University of Louisville football coaches, ahem Coach Strong…the U of L track team has FIVE athletes long jumping over 24’06 this season and three reaching 25-feet plus.  Might want to consider talking to the track coach there about getting a few of those guys out for the football team?  Couldn’t hurt after that 4-8 season.   

With all this crossover action from the gridiron to the track lets breakdown the activity by event:  Data compiled from athletic.net among other sources. 

Division 1 Football Players & 2010 Indoor Track    
** Updated through Feb. 15th, 2010      
55 meters
TIME PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE MEET
6.26 Luther Ambrose  WR Louisiana-Monroe Sun Belt Texas Tech Open
           
60 meters
* Denotes former player        
TIME PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE MEET
6.59 Jeff Demps RB Florida  SEC Tyson Invite
6.67 Harry Adams * WR Auburn SEC Tyson Invite
6.69 Marquise Goodwin WR Texas Big 12 Ark v Texas Dual
6.70 Chris Rainey RB Florida  SEC VT Elite
6.72 Zach Brown  LB North Carolina ACC UNC Open
6.77 Lindsey Lamar  RB South Florida Big East Akron Quad
6.77 LaMichael James RB Oregon   Pac-10 Husky Classic
6.78 Travis Benjamin  WR Miami-FL ACC Penn State National
6.78 Skye Dawson WR Texas Christian MWC Tyson Invite
6.80 Allante Battle WR Arizona State Pac-10 Mountain T’s Open
6.81 Tyron Carrier  WR Houston C-USA Cherry & Silver Invite
6.81 Corey Nelms DB Miami-FL ACC Kentucky Invite
6.81 Denard Robinson  QB Michigan Big Ten Michigan v Ohio State Dual
6.82 Tyrone McGraw * RB Stanford Pac-10 Cherry & Silver Invite
6.83 Lamar Miller  RB Miami-FL ACC Penn State National
6.84 Isaiah Sweeney WR Houston C-USA Leonard Hilton Memorial
6.84 DeMarcus VanDyke DB Miami-FL ACC Penn State National
6.84 Lamaar Thomas WR New Mexico MWC Air Force Invite
6.86 David Wilson RB Virginia Tech ACC VT Elite
6.86 Randall Carroll WR UCLA Pac-10 NAU Team Challenge
6.87 Da’Rel Scott RB Maryland ACC VT Elite
6.87 Derrick Hopkins  WR South Florida Big East Sykes & Sabock  Challenge
6.88 Torrance Hunt WR East Carolina C-USA Sykes & Sabock  Challenge
6.93 Hunter Furr  RB North Carolina ACC UNC Open
6.94 James Jackson WR Ohio State Big Ten Penn State National
6.95 Sheldon Price DB UCLA Pac-10 NAU Team Challenge
7.03 Troy Woolfolk DB Michigan Big Ten Simmons-Harvey Invite
7.03 Keynan Parker DB Oregon State Pac-10 Husky Classic
7.03 James Rodgers WR Oregon State Pac-10 Husky Classic
7.05 Terry Carter DB Louisiana Tech WAC Razorback Invite
7.06 Devin Giles DB Washington State Pac-10 Husky Classic
7.15 Avis Commack WR Florida State ACC Rod McCrary Memorial
7.31 Rashaad Reynolds DB Oregon State Pac-10 Husky Classic
           
60 meter hurdles 
TIME PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE MEET
7.85 Corey Nelms DB Miami-FL ACC Penn State National
7.86 Spencer Adams DB Clemson ACC Virginia Tech Invite
8.10 Avis Commack WR Florida State ACC Tyson Invite
8.70 Je’Ron Stokes WR Michigan  Big Ten Rod McCrary Memorial
           
200 meters
TIME PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE MEET
21.28 Tyron Carrier WR Houston C-USA Texas A&M Challenge
21.32 Isaiah Sweeney WR Houston C-USA Cherry & Silver Invite
21.65 Randall Carroll WR UCLA Pac-10 Boise State Team Invite
21.75 Zach Brown LB North Carolina ACC VT Elite
21.84 Allante Battle WR Arizona State Pac-10 Mountain T’s Open
21.87 Kyle Jefferson WR Wisconsin Big Ten ISU Classic
22.00 Tyrone McGraw * RB Stanford Pac-10 Cherry & Silver Invite
22.17 Terry Carter DB Lousiana Tech WAC Razorback Invite
22.32 Sheldon Price DB UCLA Pac-10 NAU Team Challenge
22.80 Devin Giles DB Washington State Pac-10 Husky Classic
22.99 Curtis Campbell DB North Carolina ACC VT Elite
23.05 Troy Woolfolk DB Michigan Big Ten Simmons-Harvey Invite
           
High Jump
DISTANCE PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE MEET
7-00.50 Jordan Bishop WR Oregon State Pac-10 Husky Invite
7-00.25 Frankie Hammond Jr. WR Florida SEC VT Elite
6-10.75 Obum Gwacham WR Oregon State Pac-10 Husky Invite
6-08.75 Nelson Rosario WR UCLA Pac-10 NAU Team Challenge
           
Long Jump
DISTANCE PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE MEET
25-07.50 Marquise Goodwin WR Texas   Big 12 Texas A&M v Texas Dual
24-00.75 Nelson Rosario WR UCLA Pac-10 NAU Team Challenge
23-05 Isaiah Sweeney WR Houston  C-USA Houston Indoor
22-03 Skye Dawson WR Texas Christian MWC Tyson Invite
           
Triple Jump
DISTANCE PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE MEET
51-05 David Wilson RB Virginia Tech ACC Hokie Invite
           
Shot Put
DISTANCE PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE MEET
54-09 Geno Atkins DT Georgia SEC VT Elite
54-05 Marcus Cannon OL Texas Chrisitian MWC Texas A&M Invite
54-03 Casey Dehn OL Wisconsin Big Ten Wisconsin Elite Invite
53-11 Ben Bartholomew TE Tennessee SEC Hokie Invite
49-07 Cameron Elisara DT Washington Pac-10 UW Invite
48-09 Micanor Regis DT Miami-FL ACC Health Alliance Classic

Plenty of collegiate football players crossing over to indoor track

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Posted by Mark Branstad

The Division 1 football season has barely ended and indoor track has started to heat up.  There are several high profile players participating in indoor track this season.  Perhaps the most surprising results so far are performances made by North Carolina linebacker, Zach Brown, ran a 6.73 / 60 meters…amazing considering he weighs a reported 230 pounds!  Michigan quarterback, Denard Robinson, also opened some eyes with 6.81 / 60 meters a few weeks ago. 

Here are some more early season indoor results: 

60 Meters – Collegiate Indoor 2010
Time Player School   Conference Meet
6.69 Harry Adams (WR) Auburn SEC Clemson Games
6.69 Marquise Goodwin (WR) Texas Big 12  Arkansas v. Texas
6.72 Zach Brown (LB) North Carolina ACC UNC Open
6.77 Lindsey Lamar (RB) South Florida Big East Akron Quad
6.78 Travis Benjamin (WR) Miami-FL ACC Penn State National
6.80 Allante Battle (WR) Arizona State Pac-10 Mountain T’s Open 
6.81 Tyron Carrier (WR) Houston Conf-USA Cherry Silver Invite
6.81 Denard Robinson (QB) Michigan Big Ten Michigan v Ohio State
6.83 Lamar Miller (RB) Miami-FL ACC Penn State National
6.84 Isaiah Sweeney (WR) Houston Conf-USA Leonard Hilton Memorial
6.84 DeMarcus VanDyke (DB) Miami-FL ACC Penn State National
6.93 Hunter Furr (RB) North Carolina ACC UNC Open
6.94 James Jackson (WR) Ohio State Big Ten Penn State National
6.97 Da’Rel Scott (RB) Maryland ACC Wesley A. Brown Invite
7.05 Terry Carter (DB) Louisiana Tech WAC Razorback Invite
7.10 Troy Woolfork (DB) Michigan Big Ten Simmons-Harvey Invite
7.15 Avis Commack (WR) Florida State ACC Rod McCrary Memorial
         
60 Meter Hurdles – Collegiate Indoor 2010
Time Player School   Conference Meet
8.70 Je’Ron Stokes (WR) Michigan Big Ten  
7.86 Spencer Adams (DB) Clemson ACC  
8.15 Avis Commack (WR) Florida State ACC Rod McCrary Memorial
         
200 Meters – Collegiate Indoor 2010
Time Player School   Conference Meet
21.99 Kyle Jefferson (WR) Wisconsin Big Ten Wisconsin Elite Meet
21.74 Tyron Carrier (WR) Houston Conf-USA  
21.32 Isaiah Sweeney (WR) Houston Conf-USA  
23.05 Troy Woolfolk (DB) Michigan  Big Ten Simmons-Harvey Invite
22.17 Terry Carter (DB) Louisiana Tech WAC Razorback Invite
         
Field Events – Collegiate Indoor 2010
Long Jump 
25’07.50 Marquise Goodwin (WR) Texas Big 12 Texas A&M v Texas
         
High Jump 
6’11.75 Frankie Hammond (WR) Florida SEC Texas A&M Challenge
         
Triple Jump 
51’05 David Wilson (RB) Virginia Tech ACC Hokie Invite
         
Shot Put 
54’05.25 Marcus Cannon (OL) Texas Christian MWC Texas A&M Challenge
54’03 Casey Dehn (OL) Wisconsin Big Ten Wisconsin Elite Meet
53’11 Ben Bartholomew (TE) Tennessee SEC Hokie Invite
48’09 Micanor Regis (DT) Miami-FL ACC  

Michigan QB debuts in Big Ten Indoor Track

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Posted by Mark Branstad

Michigan freshman quarterback, Denard Robinson, made his Big Ten Indoor debut winning the 60 meter dash in a dual meet with Ohio State.  Robinson’s performance confirmed something that everyone already knew…he’s fast.  His time, 6.81 seconds. 

To put that into perspective former Michigan running back, Sam McGuffie (now at Rice University), had a best time of 6.82 in the 60 meters at last year’s Conference-USA Indoor Championships. 

Here’s a few other recent Big Ten football players that competed in the college indoor 60 meters:

Paul Chaney – Iowa / Wide Receiver – 6.82 (2009)

Derrick Williams – Penn State / Wide Receiver – 7.21 (2007 ) 

Justin King – Penn State / Defensive Back – 7.15 (2007)

Marcus Thigpen – Indiana / Running Back – 6.77 (2005)

Bowl Parity and the Big Ten’s big step foward

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Posted by Mark Branstad

Happy New Year!  And with that we bring an end to the bowl season which was surprisingly unpredictable.  The Big Ten rebounded (sort of) and the Pac-10 struggled.  Of the “AQ” conferences the Big East had a best 4-2 record while the Mountain West went 4-1 to pace the “Non-AQ” conferences.  No conference went winless but the MAC would have without Central Michigan’s exciting overtime win. 

What struck me most about the Big Ten’s performance was how the public’s perception of the conference, as slow and less athletic than the other big conferences, didn’t really prove true this year.  More to the point I had a few individuals contact me asking whether the Big Ten really WAS slower than the other conferences?  So I decided to do a player study across all the Division I FBS conferences…more on that in a bit.

It is worth noting that the Big Ten had quite a few offensive players (NOT voted to the coaches’ all-conference teams) with outstanding bowl game performances.  To name a few…Northwestern’s Andrew Brewer, Drake Dunsmore and Sidney Stewart had great stats in a losing effort against Auburn.  Ohio State’s Terrelle (I didn’t really run 4.33 in the forty but maybe 4.45) Pryor, Brandon Saine and Devier Posey really made Oregon feel that Big Ten “speed and athleticism”!!  Wisconsin’s Lance Kendricks torched a speedy Miami secondary for over 120 yards.  Derek Moye of Penn State had three receptions and a touchdown catch in a victory over LSU.  Brandon Wegher put on a rushing clinic against Georgia Tech and Michigan State’s Edwin Baker and Keshawn Martin each had huge games against Texas Tech which was touted as being much faster team.  Again none of these players were voted all-conference by the coaches but each did a great job showcasing the conference’s depth in speed and overall athleticism.               

It should come as no surprise that all of the players named above had successful high school track and field careers (Pryor only ran briefly as a freshman).  Nearly all of them were state or national caliber track athletes. 

Okay getting back to the all-conference player study…I took it to task and researched every 2009 FBS all-conference first and second team (as voted by the coaches).  I specifically documented high school track participation and specific track statistical performances of each player per conference.  In my opinion this is one way to gauge the overall speed and athleticism of each conference, at least in terms of elite level players. 

What I discovered probably wasn’t too shocking but the AQ conferences had higher levels of players with track and field backgrounds and, at least in a statistical sense, superior speed and athleticism.  Yes, at the all-conference end of the player spectrum the Big Ten lacked in the speed and athleticism department in comparison to the Pac-10, Big 12 and SEC.  However from top to bottom and roster-to-roster the Big Ten compares pretty favorably with the other big conferences.

The study totals were as follows:  11 conferences, 545 players, 313 participated in high school track and field (57.4%).  Only eight freshman, true and redshirt, from all 11 conferences received either first or second team recognition.  Apparently freshman aren’t named all-conference at a very high clip. 

Here’s the study breakdown please take it for what you want.  The data outcomes do not appear to be a good indication of how each conference did in terms of bowl wins and losses.  That said several relatively young and or unknown Big Ten players had huge impacts on the bowls.  Again, nearly all of those players were outstanding high school track and field athletes.  

FBS All-Conference Study Totals

AQ All-Conference Player Data

Non-AQ All-Conference Player Data

AP All-America Teams littered with high school track athletes

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors

AP All-America Teams have been released and from what I see there are several former state champion high school track athetes.  All three AP teams are full of former high school track and multi-sport athletes.  We can argue all day long about which players should have been All-America and which players might be benefiting more off reputation hype instead of production thus getting the vote.  Regardless, it is what it is…

I’ve listed each AP team’s members that were high school track and field athletes and highlighted (red) players that were high school track and field state champions or state runner-up. 

AP All-America First Team

Offense

QB – Colt McCoy /  Texas

RB – Mark Ingram / Alabama

OT – Russell Okung / Oklahoma State

OT – Trent Williams / Oklahoma

OG – Mike Iupati / Idaho

TE – Aaron Hernandez / Florida

WR – Golden Tate / Notre Dame

WR – Jordan Shipley / Texas

AP – C.J. Spiller / Clemson (state champion 100, 200)

Defense

DT – Ndamukong Suh / Nebraska (state champion shot put)

DT – Terrence Cody / Alabama

LB – Eric Norwood / South Carolina

CB – Javier Arenas / Alabama

S – Eric Berry / Tennessee (state champion long jump, state runner-up 200)

S – Earl Thomas / Texas

AP All-America Second Team

Offense

RB – Ryan Mathews / Fresno State

RB – Dion Lewis / Pittsburgh

OT – Chris Marinelli / Stanford

TE – Dennis Pitta / Brigham Young

WR – Mardy Gilyard / Cincinnati

WR – Danario Alexander / Missouri (state champion triple jump, state runner-up long jump)

AP – James Rodgers / Oregon State

Defense

DE – Von Miller / Texas A&M

DE – Brandon Graham / Michigan

DT – Gerald McCoy / Oklahoma (state runner-up shot put)

DT – Jared Odrick / Penn State

LB – Pat Angerer / Iowa

LB – Sean Weatherspoon / Missouri

CB – Perrish Cox / Oklahoma State (state champion long jump)

CB – Kyle Wilson / Boise State

S – Taylor Mays / Southern California (state champion 400 relay)

S – Rahim Moore / UCLA

P – Zoltan Mesko / Michigan

AP-All America Third Team

Offense

RB – LaMichael James / Oregon

RB – Jacquizz Rodgers / Oregon State

OT – Ciron Black / Louisiana State

OG – Brandon Carter / Texas Tech

OG – Jeff Byers / Southern California

TE – Dorin Dickerson / Pittsburgh

WR – Demaryius Thomas / Georgia Tech

AP – Dexter McCluster / Mississippi

Defense

DE – Jeremy Beal / Oklahoma

DT – Brian Price / UCLA

DT – Dan Williams / Tennessee

LB – Sergio Kindle / Texas

CB – Brandon Harris / Miami (state champion 800 meter run, 1600 relay and 3200 relay)

CB – Alterraun Verner / UCLA

S – Tyler Sash / Iowa

S – Mark Barron / Alabama (state champion discus, long jump, shot put and triple jump)

 

 

Freshman of Influence – the misses

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors

I received some feedback about a few deserving freshman players that quite frankly we missed in our previous updates.  So here’s one last update to the Freshman of Influence series for this season.  I had several offensive linemen suggested to me…so I included a few.  I’m continually amazed at the athletic backgrounds of players at all positions but particularly the linemen.     

Freshman of Influence – the misses

 

Tre’ Newton, RB – Texas

Obviously this guy is deserving as the leading rusher of the second ranked team in the nation.  Newton gained 513 yards on 102 carries for six touchdowns and 12 receptions for 106 yards.  Being from Texas it should not surprise anyone that Newton was a high school track athlete at Southlake Carroll High.  Newton ran (10.87) 100 meters and (21’02) long jump at the 2005 District 5-5A Meet and was a member of 4×100 (42.45) and 4×200 (1:31.05) relay teams at 2007 District 5-5A Meet. 

Nik Embernate, OL – San Diego State

This freshman turned some heads with his play at right guard for the Aztecs.  At 6’04 and 290 pounds he’s got the frame to be a dominant player.  Embernate was a very solid high school shot putter at Yucaipa High School in California.  His best shot put effort was 54’06 at the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Preliminaries.

Riley Reiff, OL – Iowa

This redshirt freshman overcame a bumpy start to his career at Iowa and had a solid season at guard for the Hawkeyes.  At 6’06 he’s an imposing player that should continue to get better.  He was a three-time state champion wrestler in South Dakota while at Parkston High School.  He was twice state champion at the 215 pound class and once at 275 pound (heavyweight) class.  In addition, Reiff was the Class A state runner-up in the shot put (54’05) as a junior in 2007. 

Tanner Brock, LB – Texas Christian

This true freshman ‘backer has the Horned Frogs pointed in the right direction for the future and will be a major contributor to their top notch defense.  For the season he was credited with 31 tackles, one TFL and 1 forced fumble.  Brock also threw a little shot put in high school.  He attended Copperas Cove High School (Texas) and threw at his regional track meet.  His best throw was 49’07. 

Terry Hawthorne, CB – Illinois

One of Illinois’ few bright spots this season…this freshman corner made some exciting plays including and interception returned for a touchdown.  Hawthorne had 30 tackles and five PBUs in 12 games.  He also dabbled a bit in track and field while attending East St. Louis High School in Illinois.  He was a part of the school’s 1600 meter relay team that finished fourth at the state meet with a time of (3:17.86)….was a high school teammate of Wisconsin’s freshman wide receiver, Kraig Appleton. 

David DeCastro, OL – Stanford

DeCastro had an eye-opening season as a redshirt freshman starter on the O-line.  Listed at 6’05 and 310 pounds, DeCastro helped clear holes for Stanford’s Toby Gerhart.  His size and athleticism, evidenced by his state champion shot putter status,  make for the prototypical super lineman in the coming years.  He won the Class 3A shot put state championship while at Bellevue High School in Washington.  His winning throw was 58’09. 

Desmond Trufant, CB – Washington

Another true freshman defensive back that made an early impact with his team.  Trufant had two interceptions, 47 tackles, one fumble returned for touchdown, six PBUs and two TFLs.  Trufant was a super triple jumper in high school (Woodrow Wilson, Washington).  In fact, he was the Class 4A state runner-up in the triple jump (46’05) and was a member of state qualifying 400 relay (42.77) also long jumped with a best of (22’08). 

Devin Taylor, DE – South Carolina

This redshirt freshman displayed amazing athleticism winning South Carolina’s Class 4A triple jump title going 48’03” as a senior attending Beaufort High School.  His listed height 6’07 and weight of 232 pounds made him an almost can’t miss talent and he’s delivered.  Taylor’s made 26 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, two sacks, two blocked kicks and one forced fumble over 12 games.   For good measure he also high jumped  (6’04) and threw the shot put (48’05) and discus (146’10) in high school.      

Margus Hunt, DE – Southern Methodist

This is easily one of the most interesting freshman stories of the college season.  Hunt a 6’08, 22-year-old, Junior World Champion shot put and discus thrower is playing football for the first time .  He attended SMU with the hopes of resurrecting the track program and training under coach Dave Wollman.  But a few chance encounters with SMU football coaches and he decided to give football a try.  The results have been pretty amazing…12 games, seven tackles, 1.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, one PBU…AND SEVEN BLOCKED KICKS, led the nation in that category. He’s got a lot to learn but head coach June Jones believes Hunt might be a future NFL lineman.   

Here’s a good link getting Hunt’s insights on his transition to football.