Oregon redshirt freshman wide receiver Devon Allen is hopeful of competing in the outdoor track and field season this spring and summer following a knee injury in the Rose Bowl on Thursday.
Allen won the 110m hurdles at the U.S. and NCAA Championships last year, making him a contender to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, should he stick with the sport.
He led Oregon with seven receiving touchdowns this season, was second on the team with 41 catches and third with 684 receiving yards before suffering a knee injury on the opening kickoff of the Rose Bowl that’s left him on crutches.
“With track it’s a little bit different, you’re not really cutting and doing a lot of stuff,” Allen said, according to the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard. “We’ll see how my rehab goes. I’ve got five and a half months until the outdoor national championships, we’ll see.”
Allen has stressed that football is his priority over track and field. His top 110m hurdles time last season — 13.16 seconds — made him the third-fastest American of the year.
The top three men at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials — which will be at Allen’s home track, Hayward Field — are set to make the Rio Olympic team.
Last season was a down year for the U.S. stalwarts in the 110m hurdles. None of Aries Merritt (2012 Olympic champion, world record holder), David Oliver (2013 World champion), Ryan Wilson (2013 World silver medalist) or Jason Richardson (2011 World champion) broke 13.15 seconds.