Oregon Ducks: Devon Allen

Spring football practice is right around the corner, but several Pac-12 players don't just have football on their minds.

For some, it's baseball season. For others, it's time for track and field.

Interestingly, Oregon State has the most football players participating in track despite not fielding an official men's team.

And a fun fact: Stanford coach David Shaw, who played football at Stanford, also played in one basketball game in the 1993-94 season and participated in a 400-meter race at one track meet.

Here's a list of Pac-12 football players who have or will participate in another sport this year:

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John Rivera/Icon SMICal outfielder Jacob Wark is also a wide receiver for the Bears.
Jacob Wark, Cal, baseball: After catching two passes for eight yards and a touchdown for the football team, Wark has transitioned to baseball, where he plays outfield. He's 3-for-4 on the season with an RBI.

Robbie McInerney, Cal, baseball: True freshman kicker redshirted during the football season and is a middle infielder on the baseball team. He has not appeared in four games.

Khalfani Muhammad, Cal, track and field: The Bears' leading rusher is currently participating on the indoor track team in sprints. He's recorded the team's third-fastest time in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes.

Dior Mathis, Oregon, track and field: Fifth-year senior cornerback appeared in all 13 games for the football team and has participated in both football and track (sprints) since his freshman year.

Devon Allen, Oregon, track and field: True freshman receiver redshirted during the football season. A sprinter and hurdler in track, Allen set personal bests in both the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash at the Don Kirby Elite meet in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday. His time of 7.83 in the hurdles ranks fourth in school history.

Arik Armstead, Oregon, basketball: Armstead, a defensive lineman in football, began the year on the basketball team, but only appeared in one game before leaving the team to focus on football.

Victor Bolden, Oregon State, track and field: Freshman receiver had six catches for 62 yards and ran for 95 yards on 12 carries in football. He's running sprints in track.

Stevie Coury, Oregon State, track and field: Freshman receiver did not appear in a game during the football season, but is showing well in track. He finished sixth in the 60-meter dash at the Husky Classic on Saturday.

Walter Jones, Oregon State, track and field: Freshman receiver finished third in the long jump at the Husky Classic. He did not appear in a game during the football season.

Malcolm Marable, Oregon State, track and field: Cornerback set a personal record in the 60-meter dash (7.07) at the Husky Classic.

Obum Gwacham, Oregon State, track and field: Participated in the high jump at the first indoor meet of the season but has since stop competing in order to focus on his transition to defensive end from receiver.

Ryan Cope, Oregon State, track and field: Cope is expected to run hurdles during the outdoor track season.

Hunter Jarmon, Oregon State, baseball: True freshman receiver redshirted during the football season. He's listed as an outfielder for the baseball team and has made two appearances without a hit.

Zach Hoffpauir, Stanford, baseball: A safety in football, Hoffpauir has started all four games for the Stanford baseball team in right field. He's 4-for-18 with a pair of homers.

John Fullington, Washington State, track and field: Fullington started 43 consecutive games on the offensive line for the WSU football team. He will throw the shot put during the spring.

The list has a chance to grow as several football players have yet to decide whether they will run track during the outdoor season.
Michiah QuickTom Hauck for ESPN.comMichiah Quick is the latest top prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Central East, a school that has a connection to Oregon.

The Class of 2014 has a loaded group of wide receivers in the West, and the Oregon Ducks find themselves among the leaders for several of them.

The Ducks have issued few official offers in the region, and it will likely remain that way until the coaching staff hits the road for spring evaluations in May.

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With the 19 players signed last week, Oregon landed some players who might remind their fans of former Ducks.


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Devon AllenMiller Safrit/ESPN.comDoes securing a pledge from Devon Allen mean Oregon expects to lose Darren Carrington?
The last DuckNation recruiting mailbag before national signing day has received a record number of submissions. With so much action recently surrounding the Oregon football program, there are a lot of topics to cover.

Warren S. (Henderson, Nev.): With the Ducks landing Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep), do you think that has more to do with their feelings on what [Darren] Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) will do or how they feel about Allen?


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Recruiting battles loom for Helfrich, Ducks 

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Mark Helfrich is off to a solid start in his first two weeks as head coach of the Oregon Ducks. Helfrich was able to retain the majority of his staff and to date has been able to gain three new commitments from 2013 recruits.

Under Helfrich, Oregon has added WR Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep), OL Elijah George (Las Vegas/Arbor View), ATH Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) and QB Damion Hobbs (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill), who flipped from Utah State to Oregon on Wednesday.

The Ducks are likely to take up to five more commits, depending on the decisions of ATH Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon), WR Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and his twin brother, ATH Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln).

There has been a lot of action over the past few days. New offers have been issued and last minute in-home visits are taking place daily.


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Thomas TynerCourtesy of Tiffany FiekenThomas Tyner is set to sign with Oregon despite late pushes from other schools.


Recruits, their families, coaches and football programs from around the country are holding their breath in hopes the right decision is made on national signing day. The truth is, no one knows what will happen between now and the time the pen hits the paper at high schools nationwide next Wednesday. What we do know is that both publicly and privately, the biggest decisions of recruits' lives are about to be made official.

For the Oregon Ducks, it appears as if their current commits are locked into the decisions they already have made. Now, the Ducks hope that their latest recruiting efforts provide a boost to an already strong class.

Here is where things stand for the Ducks and what their class might look like by the end of the day on Feb. 6.


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With all the focus on Mark Helfrich replacing Chip Kelly as Oregon's new head coach, the rest of the coaching moves haven't received nearly as much as they should have.

Former Nebraska national championship QB Scott Frost was promoted to offensive coordinator after four years as the Ducks' WR coach. Frost is one of the hottest young coaches in college football and his promotion to OC helps the Ducks keep him for at least another year. Adding to the youth movement on the Ducks' staff is his replacement, former Duke WR coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick. Lubick has assumed the same roles in Eugene that he had in Durham.

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Jeremy McKnight/Icon SMIAt Duke, Matt Lubick helped the Blue Devils' passing game to one its best seasons ever.
Not only did Lubick help the Blue Devils WR corps to a record-breaking year in 2012, he also had the Blue Devils in contention for some high-level recruits from around the country. His reach extended as far west as Nevada and California, as he had Duke in play for two OL recruits that had Oregon offers. Duke was the likely destination for recent Oregon commit Elijah George (Las Vegas/Arbor View) until Lubick got to Oregon and made sure that George was offered. He helped the Blue Devils land players from Northern California, Southern California, Las Vegas and Texas.

At Duke, Lubick was able to cast a wide recruiting net due to the prestige of Duke's academic prestige. At Oregon, he will be able to cast an even wider net due to the success of the Oregon football program. Lubick has an extensive network of contacts due to being around college football his entire life. His father, Sonny Lubick, is well known in the college football world for orchestrating the great Miami defenses from 1988-1992. After being named head coach at Colorado State in 1993, he went on to become the winningest coach in Rams' history. His network comes from the wide range of positions held by both himself and his father.

Lubick started his coaching career as a graduate assistant upon graduating from Colorado State in 1995. In 1996 he moved on to coach at Cal-State Northridge for one season before being hired at San Jose State. Like his father once did, Lubick was hired by Dennis Erickson on Oregon State's staff as the DB coach and helped guide the Beavers to their best season in program history. He then left for his alma mater and spent four years in Fort Collins as the Rams' WR coach. He then moved on to coach the WR at Ole Miss where he helped the Rebels land their best recruiting classes in history. Before heading to Duke, Lubick grew his reputation while guiding Arizona State to three of their best recruiting classes in history, including being the lead-recruiter for Vontaze Burfict, who became the Sun Devils' highest-rated recruit ever. At Duke he coached a WR corps that set records in 2011 and 2012, including having three players with at least 66 receptions in 2012.

His connections in all corners of the country, his experience and his proven ability to close on some elite recruits will only be bolstered by joining the Oregon program. The Ducks are gaining momentum daily in the college football world and Lubick could help them get to an even higher level in terms of recruiting. The Ducks' signed five WR in the Class of 2012 and currently have two WR commits in Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) and Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep)
With Scott Frost being promoted to offensive coordinator and Matt Lubick being hired as the new wide receivers' coach, there has been plenty of news surrounding Oregon's WR recruiting lately.

Long-time Ducks WR commit Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) is taking official visits elsewhere as he tries to decide on his future, the Ducks didn't waste any time in snatching up one of the top WR recruits in the West. After finally receiving a football scholarship offer from the Ducks, Semper Fidelis All-American WR Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) committed to the Ducks. Allen had offers from Florida State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and many more due to his status as an elite hurdler along with his football talent. Similar to how Florida State handled Allen's recruitment, Allen was initially only given a track and field scholarship offer from Oregon. With Carrington looking around, new Ducks coach Mark Helfrich offered Allen a football scholarship to Oregon. Despite the delay, Allen pulled the trigger on Friday.

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Courtesy Louis AllenDevon Allen gives Oregon a potential home-run hitter at wide receiver.
Allen's commitment was the first under Helfrich and gives the Ducks two commits at wide receiver. If Carrington decides to stick with his commitment, the Ducks will be thrilled to have the two on board as future weapons. The Ducks have a couple of commits in the class that could make the switch to WR if need be. Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) is slotted to play defensive back in Eugene, but like his twin brother Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and ATH Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon), the No. 273 player in the ESPN 300 can move to offense if the depth chart necessitates the move.

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Ducks' weekend rewind 

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Entering the weekend, the Oregon Ducks were steady at 13 commits in their 2013 recruiting class. On Friday, they landed a commitment from one of the top remaining players in the West. And Sunday they landed a commitment at a major position of need from one of the top sleepers in the West.

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When Chip Kelly left the Oregon program, one of the first moves the staff made was to offer WR Devon Allen (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep). Under Kelly, Allen was facing a greyshirt season if he chose to attend Oregon.


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Wide receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep) turned in an impressive performance in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Friday night, as the 6-foot, 187-pound standout led the West team with six receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown.

Now, Allen will turn his attention to finishing off the recruiting process. With official visits to Florida State, Oregon and UCLA under his belt, Allen will visit Stanford on Jan. 11, then decide between Arizona State and Arkansas for his fifth and final visit, which will take place on Jan. 18.

"After that, I'll figure out what I want to do," Allen said. "Probably a week after that visit, I'll commit and call it a day."

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Since Chip Kelly arrived in Eugene, Oregon's recruiting philosophy has been an impossible riddle to solve. From ignoring elite West Coast prospects that desired attention from the Ducks to offering elite players from the other side of the country -- after long commitments to power programs closer to home -- it hasn't always made sense to recruiting followers.

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Courtesy Conley FamilyDropping ESPN 150 CB Gareon Conley from consideration after he decommitted from Michigan was a decision that confused Oregon fans.
What has made sense is the way they have pieced together recruiting classes that are consistently producing at an elite level on the field. With just 10 commitments and only two months until national signing day, questions abound as to why the Ducks -- with four straight BCS appearances -- seem stagnant in recruiting its 2013 class. After the past week's events, it is likely that many new questions will arise.

Last week the Ducks told long-time Michigan commit, CB Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) -- No. 62 in the ESPN 150 -- that they would not be offering him despite his public acknowledgment that he would likely jump all over an Oregon offer. The Ducks were waiting on him to decommit from Michigan before tripping him in for an official visit. He finally decommitted last week, only to have the Ducks tell him they would not be offering him a scholarship.

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Oregon controlling the Northwest 

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With a fifth straight win in the series -- their third straight in Corvallis -- the Oregon Ducks made it abundantly clear that they are clearly the best program in the state of Oregon and the Northwest. Saturday was the third time in five years that the Ducks have ripped a BCS bowl from the Beavers' grasp and now have a complete stranglehold on the series.

The Ducks have five straight wins against in-state rival Oregon State, nine consecutive against Washington and six straight against Washington State.

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Quavondo for ESPN.comAloha, Ore., product Thomas Tyner was offered first by Oregon State but he eventually committed to the Ducks.
Oddly enough, the Ducks don't go head-to-head with Oregon State or Washington State very often for recruits.

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Marquel CombsCourtesy Pierce CollegeThe Ducks have recently shifted their attention to Ole Miss defensive tackle commit Marquel Combs.
With a run of seven commitments in the span of six weeks ending July 2, Oregon was on a recruiting roll. Since that time the Ducks have been stagnant while USC and Washington have cleaned up.

Oregon has never been a fast starter in recruiting. Heading into the season with eight commitments is the norm for the Ducks. With many of their top prospects off the board, the Ducks have had to regroup and move some targets up their board.

Quarterback: The Ducks will likely stick with what they have and are in pursuit of quarterbacks for the class of 2014.

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By now, the good college recruiters know that the way to Devon Allen’s heart isn’t football. It’s track.

The Phoenix Brophy Prep three-star recruit wants to play receiver in college, but good luck in getting him to give up his winter, spring and summer sport.

This spring, Allen set Arizona state high school records in the 110-meter high hurdles (13.52 seconds) and 300 hurdles (36.36).

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