Griffin only Big 12 player included in fastest players list

June, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I'm intrigued every year when HeismanPundit.com's annual listing of the fastest players in college football is released.

The Big 12 has only one representative this year in Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, who was ranked in 10th place.

Griffin finished third in the NCAA 400 meter hurdles last season. He placed behind Washington State's Jeshua Anderson, who won the race and is listed as ninth on the list of fastest players.

The Pundit had a lot of nice things to say about Griffin and speculated he could be a world-class athlete in sprinting if he gave up football.

It's not often you see a quarterback on this kind of list. Actually, you've probably never seen a quarterback like Griffin, who finished third (behind Jeshua Anderson) in last year's NCAA 400m hurdles final. His best mark in the event is 49.22 which, again, would equate to about a 10.5 100m.

If he concentrated on the event, I have no doubt he would run in the 48 second range, which means that he has a lot of untapped speed in those legs. In football, he was even better, throwing for over 2,000 yards and rushing for over 800 as just a true frosh while accounting for 28 touchdowns.

Quite possibly the greatest athlete ever to play the quarterback position (or can you name some other quarterback who can run track's hardest race in 49 seconds?)."

Griffin gave up his burgeoning track career this spring to concentrate on offseason conditioning with his football team. It's a move that should help the Bears become more competitive as they attempt to snap the conference's longest bowl drought.

But I imagine we haven't heard the end of Griffin and his track career. Considering Baylor's storied track program and the coaching he will receive there, it wouldn't surprise me to see him fulfill his dream of making an Olympic team one day if he dedicates himself to a track career.

Jeffrey Demps of Florida is listed as the No. 1 fastest player and Trindon Holliday of LSU is listed as No. 1A. After watching Demps race through Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship Game in January, I don't have any real complaint with him being at the top of the list.

But I was a little surprised that no other Big 12 player made the list of 10 players or the 12 who earned honorable mention.

I've got to think that Baylor's David Gettis would have been included if he had developed a little more as a football player. And I've got to think that DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma and Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State, among others, aren't that far behind.

Are there any other Big 12 players who should have been included among this list of players that I might have missed?

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