For a lot of college athletes, the ultimate goal is to get into the professional ranks of your sport. Football players want to get to the NFL. Tennis players want to play at Wimbledon. Soccer players want to compete in the World Cup.
For the members of the track and field team, they want to get to the Olympics and most have been training their entire lives for it. Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen is that same exact way as he is also a member of the track team for the Ducks.
During last year’s win over Florida State in the College Football Playoff, Allen tore his ACL, which caused him to miss the 2015 track season. He returned this year and has been a key piece in the Ducks’ 9-3 season and he is expecting to be ready for the season in the spring.
Allen, a sprinter and hurdler for the Ducks, is one of the better on the team as he won the 2014 NCAA and USATF 110-meter hurdling titles. He feels like he will be able to compete for a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next season.
“Hopefully I run well enough to get in the mix,” Allen told The Register Guard. “By that time, I’ll be almost a year and a half out from surgery, so I’ll be good to go.”
This would certainly be a huge accomplishment for Allen and I’m sure all of his teammates, both track and football, are behind him 110 percent. Allen will hope to compete in the U.S. trials next July, make the Olympics, and be back in time to finish his senior season with the Ducks.
“I’d probably miss like the first game,” Allen said. “Other than that, I’ll fly back and get back into practice.”
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