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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 among other sources. 

Division 1 Football Players & 2010 Indoor Track    
** Updated through Feb. 15th, 2010      
55 meters
6.26 Luther Ambrose  WR Louisiana-Monroe Sun Belt Texas Tech Open
60 meters
* Denotes former player        
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 
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
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
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
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
51-05 David Wilson RB Virginia Tech ACC Hokie Invite
Shot Put
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 7

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors

Week seven now in the books and the path to determining the number one team in college football seems cloudier than ever.  From the looks of things Alabama appears to be the public favorite even though Florida is ranked one in the BCS poll.  But I’m not here to debate team rankings…I’m here to highlight a few more freshman of influence.  This week there were a few freshman that burst on the scene and others that have been making contributions all along.  Here goes…


Freshman of Influence Week 7: 


Marquise Goodwin, WR – Texas

I did a blog on this player yesterday so I’ll save you the track stuff.  But this true freshman came to Texas as a track scholarship athlete…the football staff was admittedly skeptical of Goodwin’s ability and desire to contribute as a football player.  Goodwin proved he can play against a top notch opponent catching four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma on Saturday.  Prior to the Oklahoma game he had 10 catches for 91 yards and limited kick return duty.  

Demontre Hurst, CB – Oklahoma

Another true freshman that had a standout game versus Texas on Saturday.  Hurst had a sack and tfl against Texas and he’s listed at 5’10 170.  That’s impressive.  On the year Hurst has 9 tackles, one sack, one tfl and one pass breakup.  And he’s quite the accomplished track sprinter!  He ran for Lancaster HS (Texas) and was twice a member of a state champion 4×400 relay (3:12.45 best time) and bests around (49.0) 400 meters, (22.0) 200 meters, qualified for state meet in 4×100 (41.85) and ran leg on 4×200 (1:26.88 best time).  Needless to say his speed “translates” pretty well to the field. 

Dan Spitz, DT – Washington State

We all know this redshirt freshman plays on a poor team, all the more reason to give him some props. Listed at 6’07 260, this player is credited with 8 tackles, one tfl and 2 forced fumbles through 5 games.  Not great stats but with his size and athleticism we might hear more about him in the future.  Spitz was a thrower at Mead HS (Washington) with a best of 148’04 in the discus, not bad for being a tad over 6’06 in height. 

Olivier Vernon, DT / DE – Miami

Sticking with the D-line this January enrollee and true freshman is helping with the resurgence of the U.  Vernon is a bit undersized but very active for a freshman, credited with 12 tackles, 4 tfls and a half sack in 4 games.  He’s battled injuries so far this season and missed most of his senior year of high school due to an injury but like Spitz we’ll hear more from him in the future.  Olivier attended American HS (Miami, Florida) and graduated early he did throw the shot put and discus as a junior with bests of (46’08) in the shot and (124’11) in the discus.

Lavar Edwards, DT – Louisiana State

On a roll with the D-line and Edwards has been a surprise addition to a deep and talented LSU line.  Edwards is a redshirt freshman but has produced with 10 tackles, one tfl, one sack, and one forced fumble in 5 games.  He came out of small Desire Street Academy (Louisiana) and was a state champion Class A shot putter (50’03) and state qualifier in the discus (141’07, Region II-1A Meet). 

Ed Wesley, RB – Texas Christian (TCU)

Wesley a redshirt freshman is second on the 11th ranked TCU squad with 273 yards on 50 attempts and one touchdown.  He’s also managed 5 receptions for 115 yards and a score over 6 games.  Wesley ran was a sprinter at Irving MacArthur HS (Texas) with best of (10.71, probably hand-held) 100 meter dash at the District 7-5A Meet and member of a regional-qualifying 4×100 team (42.95).  Still has more than enough speed and skill to be one of TCU’s better backs in recent memory. 

Brandon Wegher, RB – Iowa

He isn’t even the best true freshman back on the team, at least statistically, that goes to Adam Robinson.  Wegher has however proven to be a fairly well rounded player with 81 rushing attempts for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns, 10 receptions for 67 yards and 5 kick returns for 139 yards.  Wegher has speed Iowa has exploited well indicated by his (6.99) 60 meter dash, (10.92) 100 meter dash at the 2008 Drake Relays.  He ran track at Bishop Heelan HS (Iowa) for four years and participated in several Iowa state track meets. 

Stable of Running Backs…Fast Running Backs Part II

We highlighted Alabama’s stable of running backs a while back, including new Heisman “favorite” Mark Ingram.  But looking at the success of Georgia Tech and Idaho it is clear that they have a ton of talent and speed at the running back position.  There’s a lot more to winning football games than having a couple of fast running backs BUT…Alabama, Georgia Tech and Idaho have a combined record of 19-2!

Georgia Tech has running backs Jonathan DwyerAnthony AllenEmbry Pebbles, Marcus Wright, and Josh Nesbitt (we’ll secretly count Nesbitt as a back).   All these players have high school track and field backgrounds and all but Allen were state track meet qualifiers in Georgia, Florida and Texas. 

Idaho’s top three rushers Princeton McCarty, Deonte Jackson, and DeMaundray Woolridge (a Washington State transfer) have helped lead the squad to a surprising 6-1 record.  Each of these players were track sprinters in high school with Jackson sprinting (6.70) 55 meters, McCarty qualifying for the state meet in California 100 meter dash (10.70) and Woolridge running as fast as (10.74) 100 meter dash in Texas.  Keep in mind Woolridge is now listed at 241 pounds!     


Local Shout

Gotta send a shout to the Bulldogs of Butler University (Indianapolis).  They’re 6-0 on the season and play in the Pioneer League (non-scholarship Division 1-AA…errr I mean D1 FCS).  I haven’t seen them have this kind of success since the days of record breaking running back Arnold Mickens.  Glad my alma mater isn’t just a basketball school anymore.   












Marquise Goodwin the latest track phenom playing college football

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors

Marquise Goodwin, University of Texas wide receiver, burst onto the college football scene Saturday against the Oklahoma Sooners.  The true freshman’s statistics weren’t outstanding, 4 catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.  But his skills as a receiver surprised many, highlighted during a difficult diving catch along the sideline.  Intially he came to Texas on a track scholarship and somewhat overlooked as a potential football contributor but that has changed.    

Goodwin’s track ability is well documented, although early in his high school career his track skills were questioned too.  That is no longer the case as he’s the national record-holder in the long jump.  His track accolades are so numerous it would almost be embarrassing to list them all. 

Here’s a brief look: 

Attended Garland Rowlett HS, Texas and graduated in 2009.  State champion Class 5A – triple jump (50’05), long jump (26’04), 4×100 (40.86), state runner-up 100 meter dash (10.24 wind-aided) and 200 meter dash (21.24 wind-aided).  Throw in a (6.76) 60 meter dash effort at the Carl Lewis HS Indoor Invitational in 2009. 

Goodwin is probably the most decorated former high school track athlete currently playing college football.  Florida’s Jeff Demps is certainly the fastest but Goodwin wouldn’t be too far behind in a race.  Demps has successfully transitioned into an SEC running back and in the process had the “track guy” label dropped…yes intially he had the label.  It was not deserved. 

Goodwin will have to battle to be seen as just a football player too.  I heard during the national telecast Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit on numerous occasions say that Goodwin “is a football player WITH track speed” or “Goodwin’s not a track guy playing football but a football player that runs track”.  Truth be told Musberger and Herbstreit could have said that about half the Texas roster and nearly all the skill players because nearly all have tremendous high school track and field backgrounds. 

No misunderstanding…Herbstreit and Musberger pointing out Goodwin’s track ability and accomplishments is good (track and field needs all the attention it can get) but sometimes broadcaster attention can place unfair labels, like the dreaded “track guy” label, on players.  I just hope Goodwin doesn’t start dropping passes and running improper routes because if he does it might not be perceived as a lapse of concentration or just a bad game; more than likely it’ll be attributed to his participation and background in track and field.          

Hopefully Goodwin continues to grow and improve as a football player and has success as a track athlete at Texas.  The NCAA needs more two-sport athletes and hopefully he’ll be one of ’em.