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Published: May 29, 2014 at 04:23 p.m.
Updated: June 13, 2014 at 10:31 a.m.

14 for '14: Most freakish athletes in college football

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"Freakish athletes" have been around forever -- you just know there were guys who drew raves in the ancient Greek Olympics -- but they're celebrated more than ever now. An athlete who makes a "Did you see that? Can you believe that?" play will have his performance celebrated on TV, radio and the Internet.

Here, then, are some high-level athletes who have caught our eye for various reasons as CFB 24/7's "14 for '14" series continues with a look at the nation's most freakish athletes.

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  • 14. Jamil Douglas, OT, Arizona State 14

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    14. Jamil Douglas, OT, Arizona State

    Particulars: 6-4, 300, senior
    Buzz: He will be a third-year starter for the Sun Devils this fall, but this season he'll be at left tackle instead of guard, where he has started the past two seasons. Douglas is legendary in ASU's weight room, with a power clean of 385 pounds, a bench press of 430 and a squat of 565. He has gained 40 pounds since arriving at ASU, but his body-fat percentage is in the low teens. In addition, Douglas runs the 40 in under 5.0 seconds.

  • 13. Devon Allen, WR, Oregon 13

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    13. Devon Allen, WR, Oregon

    Particulars: 6-0, 190, redshirt freshman
    Buzz: Looking for a breakout candidate on Oregon's offense? Allen might be your guy after a strong spring. He also has had a strong spring for Oregon's top-flight track team, which won the Pac-12 outdoor meet and is one of the favorites in the national meet. He is one of the top 110-meter hurdlers in the nation and also runs on the Ducks' 4x400-meter relay team. He is from Phoenix Brophy Prep and holds the Arizona state high school record in the 110 hurdles (13.52 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (36.39 seconds).

  • 12. Jeremé Jones, WR, South Alabama 12

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    12. Jeremé Jones, WR, South Alabama

    Particulars: 5-8, 167, senior
    Buzz: He's a little guy who has been a solid possession receiver for the USA Jaguars the past two seasons, with 84 total receptions and 10 TD catches. He's also, pound-for-pound, the strongest guy on South Alabama's team. He squats 545 pounds, bench presses 365 pounds and hang cleans 335 pounds. He has been timed in 4.48 seconds in the 40, has a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and a broad jump of 10-foot-1. And his body fat is just 7.5 percent.

  • 11. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa 11

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    11. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

    Particulars: 6-5, 320, senior
    Buzz: The guy is freakishly strong (just watch this) and will be one of the top three or four offensive tackles in the nation this fall. He also has been clocked in under 5.0 seconds in the 40-yard dash. But that's not all. He began his football career as a quarterback, starting at the position as a high school sophomore in Denison, Iowa, before moving to the line as a junior. He was a four-year letterman in baseball in high school and also competed in basketball, tennis(!) and track. That he has quick feet shouldn't be a surprise, considering he won the Iowa state shot put title and also threw the discus.

  • 10. Mario Edwards, Jr., DE, Florida State 10

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    10. Mario Edwards, Jr., DE, Florida State

    Particulars: 6-3, 294, junior
    Buzz: FSU is loaded with high-level athletes -- CB Ronald Darby and RB Karlos Williams, in particular -- but this guy still stands out because of his size. He has been clocked as fast as 4.76 seconds in the 40 and he has no issues with doing standing back flips. A 300-pounder who can do a standing back flip like a cheerleader? That's impressive. Edwards also has good strength and squatted 500 pounds while in high school. His dad played cornerback at FSU and in the NFL.

  • 9. Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern 9

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    9. Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern

    Particulars: 5-8, 175, senior
    Buzz: Mark played in only three games in 2013 before ankle and leg injuries ended his season, so he is back for a fifth year. He's a little guy with big-time quickness (he has been clocked at 4.32 in the 40), and is a dangerous runner, receiver and return man. He also was a track star of some renown in the Houston area. He scored an incredible 45 points by himself in the state private-school track meet as a high school senior, winning all four individual events he entered (the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and triple jump), and he also anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay team. His point total meant he would have finished seventh in the state by himself.

  • 8. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia 8

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    8. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

    Particulars: 6-1, 232, junior
    Buzz: Gurley isn't necessarily an elite sprinter -- though he has been clocked as fast as 4.43 seconds in the 40 -- but he is fast for a 230-pounder. And get this: He was one of the best prep hurdlers in the nation. He ran for Team USA in Europe during the spring and summer of 2011; he advanced to the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships in France and won the 2011 World Youth Trials in the 110 hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.88 seconds in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He ran for Georgia's track team during the 2013 indoor season and turned in the seventh-fastest time in school history in the 60-meter hurdles (8.12 seconds).

  • 7. Maurice Falls, OLB, East Carolina 7

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    7. Maurice Falls, OLB, East Carolina

    Particulars: 6-3, 247, senior
    Buzz: He runs the 40 in 4.47 seconds and has a vertical jump of 36 inches. In addition, he is strong, with a back squat of 645 pounds and a bench press of 425 pounds. He is expected to be a full-time starter for the first time this fall.

  • 6. Benardrick McKinney, OLB, Mississippi State 6

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    6. Benardrick McKinney, OLB, Mississippi State

    Particulars: 6-5, 245, junior
    Buzz: McKinney is from Tunica, Miss., which is home to nine casinos, and it's not a stretch to say Mississippi State hit the jackpot when it signed him in 2011. He is a high-caliber athlete who might -- might -- be the best defensive player in the SEC this fall. McKinney runs a 4.5 40, and his vertical jump has been measured at 34 inches. He started at quarterback as a high school senior and also played linebacker and even punted. In addition, he averaged a double-double in basketball as a senior, when he helped his team to a 30-3 record.

  • 5. Alvin 5

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    5. Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky

    Particulars: 6-4, 259, senior
    Buzz: He stood out on a mediocre UK defense last season, finishing with seven sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He also stands out for other reasons. His vertical jump has been measured at 40 inches and his broad jump at 10-foot-7. And get this: UK uses the "Catapult" monitoring system and Dupree was clocked at 20.5 miles per hour in a game last season. Dupree also helped his Irwinton (Ga.) Wilkinson County High basketball team to a state title as a senior.

  • 4. Cameron Lynch, LB, Syracuse 4

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    4. Cameron Lynch, LB, Syracuse

    Particulars: 5-11, 226, senior
    Buzz: He lacks ideal size, but has been an important player since he first stepped on campus and will start for the second season in a row this fall. He is both strong and fast. He has been clocked at 4.7 seconds in the 40 and can squat 620 pounds, clean 374 pounds and bench press 435 pounds. He also can do 36 reps in the bench press at 225 pounds. He also can do a standing back flip, and his vertical jump has been measured at 36 inches.

  • 3. Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn 3

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    3. Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn

    Particulars: 6-1, 210, senior
    Buzz: OK, he's not a finished product at quarterback because he needs improvement as a passer. But no one questions his athleticism. He has been clocked in under 4.4 seconds in the 40 and he doubled as a high school basketball star (he can jump out of the gym; just search for some of his dunks on YouTube). He played extensively at cornerback at Georgia in 2011 before moving on to a junior college after he was dismissed from school. He quarterbacked Auburn to the national title game last season, but some believe his best position at the next level is wide receiver, corner or even safety. His favorite receiver is Sammie Coates, an athletic marvel himself. Coates is a 6-2, 201-pounder who runs in the 4.3s and has a vertical jump that has been measured at a staggering 44 inches.

  • 2. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor 2

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    2. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

    Particulars: 6-3, 230, senior
    Buzz: Baylor has a couple of guys who fit, including WR Antwan Goodley, OT LaQuan McGowan and DE Shawn Oakman. But we're going with the Bears' most prominent player. Petty put up big numbers as a first-time starter last season: 3,844 passing yards, 30 passing TDs, two interceptions, 11 rushing TDs. But some of his athleticism numbers are just as impressive. How about a 4.62-second clocking in the 40? What about a vertical jump of 38 inches and a broad jump of 10-foot-5.5? And he also can squat 510 pounds. Not bad for a quarterback.

  • 1. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville 1

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    1. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

    Particulars: 6-3, 208, senior
    Buzz: He was Teddy Bridgewater's favorite receiver at Louisville, but will have to go without Bridgewater this fall. Parker's high-level athleticism will help him get by. He has been clocked at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and his vertical jump has been measured at 36.5 inches and his broad jump at 10-foot-10. He can squat 455 pounds and bench press 335 pounds; he also can do 17 reps in the bench press at 225 pounds. In addition, he has a wing span of 80 inches, so when you factor in his height and his vertical jump, his "catch radius" is exceptionally large, which should make new starting QB Will Gardner smile.

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