When Florida State signed 5-9 170-pound Marvin Bracy out of Boone HS in Orlando, the number that Seminoles fans were truly enamored with had nothing to do with X's and O's. Bracy was the class 4A State Track Champion in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, he won gold in the 2011 Pan-Am Junior championships.
He is one of the fastest men in the world.
It takes Marvin Bracy just a hair over ten seconds to make it 100 yards from a dead-stop.
Bracy was one of the hottest names in camp as a true freshman until the season rolled around and Florida State's considerable depth at receiver relegated him to a redshirt season and a role on the scout team.
If you hadn't heard Bracy's name lately though, don't worry about it. He seems poised to break out next season.
“You can tell he’s going to be a great player, he’s one of those guys that’s waiting his turn but as he’s on scout team he’s getting better going against the starters and he’s really taking advantage of it," said Lamarcus Joyner yesterday. "And he’s actually helping us out because he could potentially be a starter [somewhere else] and to be going hard on scout team, I mean it’s always fun going against him.”
It didn't take long for Marvin Bracy to drop the jaws of his fellow teammates with his incredible footspeed. Just days into camp he was embarrassing Florida State's younger corners.
“It was in one-on-one in camp, I think he was going against (RS Fr DB) Lamarcus Brutus and it was like, five yards into the route he gave him one head nod and then stopping and making the guy flat-footed and now he’s 15 yards ahead of the guy and it’s just like, ‘yeah that’s amazing.’
“He’s really fast, I’ve never seen anyone on the field move like that, never. We call him a track guy, we think he’s too fast to be in pads.”
Bracy, who will also be on the Florida State track and field team, is an exceptional all-around athlete, but I had to ask Joyner (one of the fastest players on the team himself) whether the track speed truly translated to the field– with pads on.
So often you hear about speed demon receivers that come from the track world and are essentially sprinters imitating football players. Miami Dolphins fans need only think back to Clyde Gates to remember a receiver with burner speed and little else in the way of football skills. If they do possess the skills to play, oftentimes their 40-times in shorts are far faster than what they can actually manage in pads during game situations.
So does Bracy's track speed translate?
“He’s the first guy I’ve ever seen the speed convert to the pads, he’s actually fast in pads. He’s able to catch the ball, make moves and look like a real football player," said Joyner, who admits to having been burned by the freshman receiver once or twice himself.
“I mean if he gets you to pause those feet then it’s over. I don’t care who you are, Lamarcus Joyner, Xavier Rhodes, if Bracy gets you to stop those feet then he’s running past you.”
Next season, safeties beware.