January 5, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; White team quarterback Jameis WInstn (8), wide receiver Alton Howard (6) and wide receiver Marvin Bracy (15) hold the trophy after the Under Armour All-America high school game at Tropicana Field. White team beat Black team 49-16. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Why We Won't See Marvin Bracy This Spring

The danger in recruiting two sport stars is that, inevitably, their time is split between two sports.  For some players, it’s doable.  For others, the task becomes a little more difficult.  This year, the task looks difficult for Marvin Bracy.

Part of the reason there may be a difference in the management of the two has to do with the training methods that go into all three sports. Track athletes are going to be more apt to lose weight and work specifically on training their legs and shoulders. Baseball pitchers like Winston, are going to monitor the use of their arms and mechanics much like quarterbacks. Baseball players in general, also are going to try to maintain or even gain their overall weight, unlike sprinters who will be faster the lighter they are.

Can you blame him?  His future is in track, not football.  As good as he is in football, he’s twice as good in track.  Who knows if he’d make the NFL, but it’s clear he’s an Olympic athlete.  So the decision to run track this spring over football is a no-brainer.  For a competitor like Jimbo Fisher, who thought he had a secret weapon in Bracy, it’s a let down.  Bracy will join the team in Fall, but according to Kenny Shaw, that may not be enough time to develop the proper relationship with his teammates and quarterbacks:

With respect to football, senior receiver and fellow Orlando native Kenny Shaw believes Bracy will come out of the spring OK as long as he continues to keep up with what the rest of the unit is learning in team meetings.

“Hopefully he’s in the playbook,” Shaw said. “That’s the biggest thing. If you’re in the playbook, then all that other stuff will come.”

The “other stuff” has to do with timing and relationships, Shaw said.

“First of all, you don’t have the time with the quarterbacks, and then when you come in with [preseason] camp, it’s like, you should have been there with us,” Shaw added.

Bracy didn’t play football as a true freshman in the fall. He redshirted after reaggravating a hamstring injury that he first suffered at the end of his senior track season.

It’s difficult to blame Bracy in this situation–many will argue he’s on a football scholarship, but he wouldn’t have signed that football scholarship without knowing he could run track at FSU.  There’s likely a way the two sports can co-exist, but it will limit Bracy’s potential to star on the football team.  But that’s okay, because his future is in track, not football.

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