Oregon Ducks receiver Devon Allen is fast. Really fast. So fast he'll compete for a spot in the Rio Olympics in a few days and so fast that he's been named the fastest player in all of college football by NFL.com.
The ranking of the sport's speediest was compiled by Chase Goodbread, who has put together a series of "16 for '16" articles for the site. Here's what he has to say about the Ducks speedster:
Last fall, it was fair to wonder if the Ducks' wide receiver/track star had lost a step due to a knee injury. Now, it's fair to assume he hasn't. He won his second NCAA title in the 110-meter hurdles event earlier this month with a time of 13.50 seconds, and earlier in the track season, he posted a 100-meter dash time of 10.36. He'll compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 9 in the 110-meter hurdles event, where a top-three finish would qualify him for the Summer Games in Rio. Understandably, Allen is pondering his future in both sports. Two years ago, Allen clocked the second-fastest 110-meter hurdles time in NCAA history at 13.16. The knee injury happened against FSU in a College Football Playoff semifinal. With his recovery validated by the 2016 track season, Allen this fall looks to return to his 2014 football form, when he caught 41 passes for 684 yards.
Other Pac-12 players on the list include Washington WR John Ross III (No. 15), Stanford WR Isaiah Brandt-Sims (No. 11), Arizona WR Tyrell Johnson (No. 4), Cal running back Khalfani Muhammad (No. 3) and USC corner back Adoree' Jackson (No. 2). In other words, the conference dominates the list. Both Allen and Jackson could end up representing the US in Brazil later this summer.