Attention: Pac-12 fans. If you haven’t heard of Devon Allen, you might want to remember the name.
Allen, a redshirt freshman wide receiver for Oregon, is fast – really fast. Allen is so fast that he won the 110-meter hurdles title over the weekend at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Oreg. He completed the event in 13.16 seconds, the second-fastest time in the event in NCAA history and the fastest time ever at the NCAA championships.
Allen’s incredible time helped Oregon win a team national championship for the first time since 1984. Despite his prowess on the track, Allen still says that football comes first.
“I had a good day today,” Allen said after his winning run, per the Associated Press. “But it’s still football first for now.”
With the track season over, Allen’s focus shifts squarely on the football season. The 6-foot, 190-pound wideout, who took a redshirt last year, is expected to earn significant playing time for the Ducks in the fall.
Allen, a four-star recruit in the 2012 class, already caught the eye of Oregon fans by catching two long touchdowns (49 and 45 yards) in the spring game in May.
With Josh Huff and De’Anthony Thomas off to the NFL and leading returning receiver Bralon Addison out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury, Allen is one of a handful of unproven receivers who quarterback and Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota will rely on.
The Ducks open the 2014 at home on August 30 against South Dakota. The team’s game against Michigan State in week two should be a bit more challenging.
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