Listing 2-Sport College Football Stars Not Named Jameis Winston
Though it’s becoming a rarity in big-time college football, a handful of athletes still have enough game to participate in two sports.
Think about it: To get it done you’d have to be valuable enough to the football program to convince the coach it is worth his while to share you with another sport.
You’d have to be like Jameis Winston, who initially chose Florida State because of the close working relationship between the football and baseball programs and his desire to play both.
The big money implications of college football and basketball mean that the dual-sport athlete may become a thing of the past, especially among team sports.
Here are a few high-profile guys that are managing to buck the trend in 2014.
Statistics courtesy of College Football Statistics.
Arik Armstead, Oregon
Until recently, not only was Arik Armstead a beastly defensive lineman for the Ducks, he was also a member of Oregon’s basketball team.
Armstead (6’8”, 280 pounds) had 15 tackles (three for a loss), one sack, two broken-up passes and two quarterback hurries as a sophomore in 2013.
After redshirting his freshman year in basketball, Armstead scored his first points as a forward last month and then—according to Andrew Greif of The Oregonian—decided to quit two days later.
Armstead entered Oregon as a coveted two-sport star but has quit the Ducks’ basketball program – a sport he has called his “first love” – to focus solely on football entering his junior season.
Ray Drew, Georgia
Ray Drew is a 6’5”, 276-pound defensive end from Georgia who also throws the discus for the Bulldogs’ track team.
Drew recorded 43 tackles (eight for a loss), six sacks, three broken-up passes and 11 quarterback hurries as a junior in 2013 and also finished 14th in the discus at the Spec Towns Invitational with a mark of 146 feet, 6 inches.
According to David Ching of DawgNation via ESPN, Drew joined the track team at Georgia after leaving football practice and nonchalantly asking throwing coach Don Babbitt if he could try to toss a college-sized discus.
I was just like, ‘I want to throw it once and get a feel for it.’ I had on my flip flops and I got in and threw it and it looked like it landed around the 140-, 150-[foot] area, and I was just flat footed…Coach Babbitt smiled from ear to ear and said, ‘I’ll take it.’
Broderick Snoddy, Georgia Tech
As a sophomore in 2013, Broderick Snoddy was the Yellow Jackets’ No. 6 running back, recording 150 yards on 24 carries.
Snoddy is also a member of Georgia Tech’s track team and has already managed to set a school record in the 60-meter dash three times, the most recent with a time of 6.67.
He finished 13th nationally in the 60 at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.
With the departure of the team’s top two rushers from last season (David Sims and Robert Godhigh), look to hear Snoddy’s name more frequently during his junior football campaign in 2014.
Phillip Dorsett, Miami (Fla.)
Phillip Dorsett is not only a speedy receiver for Miami, he’s also a speedy track star.
After leading the Hurricanes in receiving as a sophomore in 2012, Dorsett went out with a MCL tear in Miami’s 2013 Week 8 win over North Carolina.
After competing in the 60, 200, long jump and 4x400-meter relay for the Hurricanes in 2013, Dorsett is back from his football injury and has kicked off his 2014 indoor season by posting a 6.87 in the 60 at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational.
Dorsett is the front-runner to regain the No. 1 receiver slot left open by the graduation of Allen Hurns, who led the team with 1,162 yards last season.
B.J. Kelley, Oregon
A young star with loads of potential as a receiver for the football Ducks, B.J. Kelley has already captured second team All-American honors as a sprinter.
Kelley played sparingly as a redshirt sophomore in 2013, recording one catch for 13 yards and 53 yards on two kickoff returns. He is projected to be high on the depth chart coming into his junior year in 2014.
In track, Kelley was a part of the 4x100 team during the 2012-13 outdoor season that ran the sixth-fastest time in Oregon history (39.89). He finished 17th in the Pac-12 Championships in the 100 with a 10.74 and posted a 6.82 in the 60 at the 2013 UW Husky Indoor Classic.
Devin Smith, Ohio State
Devin Smith’s one-handed catch in Ohio State’s opening day win over Miami (Ohio) in 2012 makes a lot more sense when you realize he competes in the high jump for the track team.
Yes, not only was Smith the Buckeye’s No. 2 receiver in 2013, he also earned honorable mention All-America honors on the 4x100 relay team that finished No. 17 in the NCAA Championships.
Smith the receiver finished his junior season in 2013 with 660 yards receiving and eight touchdowns on 44 catches.
Smith the track star has posted personal bests of 7.01 in the 60, 10.56 in the 100, 2.15 meters in the high jump and 7.49 meters in the long jump.