Devon Allen may have won a national title in track, but some of his Oregon teammates claim to be faster

Sam Cooper
August 6, 2014
Oregon WR Allen says football comes before track
Oregon's Devon Allen, front left, and Texas A&M's Wayne Davis II reach for the finish line during the men's 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA track and field championships onSaturday, June 14, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. Allen came in first place and Davis came in third. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen made headlines in June when he won the 110-meter hurdles title at the NCAA track and field championships. Not only did Allen win the event, his 13.16 time was a record for the NCAA championships in the event.

One would think Allen’s accomplishments in track would make him the fastest guy on the football team, but a few of his teammates think otherwise. At Oregon media day on Monday, junior wideout B.J. Kelley named himself as the Ducks’ fastest receiver.

“I am,” Kelley said, per the Oregonian. “On the field I am. I know he’s definitely faster on the track.”

Like Allen, Kelley has experience with Oregon’s top-ranked track and field program. He ran in the 4X100 race as a sophomore and said he appreciates the way Allen has balanced participating in both track and football.

“It’s really hard. When I did it, I would be thinking about how hard I would have to go in football and track,” Kelley said. “You can’t really hold back. You have to go all out. It’s worked out for him and I’m happy for him.”

Earlier in July, senior Keanon Lowe said that Allen would beat him in a sprint, but his own speed is superior in other ways.

"If we do three 70-yard sprints, he'll win three. If we run 10, I'm going to get him in the last six or seven. To me, the fastest guy is the guy who can be the fastest for 10 reps. So I'm the fastest," Lowe said.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Allen was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and took a redshirt in his first season with the football program last year. He caught two long touchdowns in the spring game in May and is looking to make an impact for the Ducks moving forward. With Bralon Addison rehabbing a knee injury and several other receivers off to the pros, he has a chance to do just that.

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