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Get Wake Forest’s Josh Harris a uniform!

Sunday, 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.

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

Freshman of Influence – Week 8

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors

We’re two-thirds of the way through the season and things are starting to heat up.  Perhaps no player, freshman player that is, is hotter than Mississippi State defensive back, Johnthan Banks.  Check out why below. 

 

Freshman of Influence Week 8: 

 

Johnthan Banks, DB – Mississippi State

This true freshman from East Webster HS (Mississippi) did something no college player has ever done and perhaps never will again…he not only intercepted Florida’s Tim Tebow twice but took both back for touchdowns! That gives Banks four interceptions on the year to go with 16 tackles on the year.  Banks was not a track athlete in high school but played high school basketball and led the baseball team to two state titles.  Another multi-sport guy making a huge impact. 

Conner Vernon, WR – Duke

Duke’s team is much improved under coach David Cutcliffe and Vernon has been been one of several standout players this season.  In six games he has 31 receptions for 459 and two touchdowns.  He also returns kicks, with 10 returns for 246 yards (24.6 average).  Certainly some of his success can also be attributed to the great play of Thaddeus Lewis, Duke’s senior quarterback.  Vernon attended Gulliver Prep HS in Miami (Fl) where he also long jumped and lettered in track. 

LaAdrian Waddle, OT – Texas Tech

I was made aware of this player recently via Bruce Feldman’s blog…in fact Feldman said this about Waddle, “a shockingly agile 6-foot-6, 360-pound offensive tackle“.  Waddle recently got his first start and although Texas Tech was beaten he will probably presumably be a fixture on the Tech o-line for a while.  It is fitting, despite his size, Waddle was twice the Texas Class 3A state runner-up in the discus.  His best discus throw was over 170′…that’s impressive, certainly showcasing his agility.  Waddle also played basketball for Columbus HS, probably contributed to some of that agility too.

Steve Means, DE - Buffalo

Means, a redshirt freshman has 4 sacks, 4.5 tfls and 13 total tackles through 8 games.  The Grover Cleveland HS (NY) grad had praise heaped on him by a sports journalist from the Buffalo News, “Steve Means might be the best raw athlete I’ve covered“.  Means lettered in basketball and track, competing in the high jump and 110 hurdles. 

David Wilson, RB – Virginia Tech

Wilson, a true freshman, has been a back-up to fellow freshman (redshirt) running back Ryan Williams. I highlighted Williams in and earlier blog.  But that doesn’t diminish what Wilson’s done with his limited carries (33) for 208 yards a 6.3 per carry average and two touchdowns.  Wilson also has 8 returns for 132 yards.  Clearly Wilson has explosive potential indicated by his 51’05 triple jump at the Nike Indoor Nationals Meet this past spring in Boston.  Wilson attended George Washington HS (VA) and was an outstanding track athlete.  He had bests of 23’02 in the long jump, 6.41 / 55 meter dash (Virginia Class 3A Indoor Meet), 10.89 / 100 meter dash, and was a part of the 4×100 relay (42.71) which finished sixth at the 3A State Meet in 2008. 

Arrayvious “Ray Ray” Armstrong, DB – Miami (FL)

Armstrong a former quarterback at Sanford Seminole HS (FL) led his team to a Class 6A championship his senior year.  He’s transitioned into a “big” defensive back for Miami…he’s listed at 6’04 220.  Maybe we’ll see him eventually at linebacker, who knows?  But he’s already making his presence known with 17 tackles and 1 PBU in 7 games.  Despite being the leader of his high school football team he found time to throw the shot put and triple jump his junior year.  His bests were 40’04 in the triple jump and 43’01 in the shot put. 

 

Interesting track / football connection

Interesting article here about Lance Dunbar, North Texas running back.  He’s also one of the leading sophomore rushers in the nation so far this year. 

Rod Owens, Florida State wide receiver, athletic ability has finally started to transfer into on-field results for the Noles.  Owens tied a Florida State record for longest play from scrimmage last Thursday night against the UNC with a 98 yard touchdown reception.  He hauled in 9 receptions for 199 yards and a score for the game. 

A feel good story out of Northwestern about former walk-on (he’s scholarship now) wide receiver Zeke Markshausen.  Currently he’s second in the Big Ten with 58 receptions and fifth with 553 yards.  In the article Markshausen mentions he’s not as physically gifted as many of his teammates.  Well, what the article fails to mention is he was a four sport athlete in high school at North Boone (IL) and qualified for the Illinois State Track Meet in the 100, 200 AND discus.  That’s not something usually accomplished by someone lacking in physical ability.  He’s not the biggest or fastest receiver in the Big Ten but clearly he’s a solid athlete with tremendous dedication.