Florida States Marvin Bracy has decided to give up football and pursue a professional career in track after signing a contract with adidas, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Saturday.
Bracy has been slowed by hamstring injuries in his freshman year on campus, which forced him to take a redshirt in football. He said the physical demands of juggling both sports, as well as the injuries, were challenging.
Its always going to be hard, Bracy told the Sentinel. Footballs my sport. I was raised on playing football been playing since I was 6, he said. I didnt start running track until I was a sophomore in high school.
Bracy last competed for Florida State at the Florida Relays on April 6 in Gainesville, when he ran his first collegiate 100-meter outdoor race in 10.20 seconds.
The former Orlando Boone star told the Sentinel that he hurt his hamstring at the Florida Relays. Track coaches told FoxSportsFlorida.com through a school spokesman that he had not returned to the team after that meet and had not been in contact with them since.
He also told the Sentinel that how his football-track schedule would be juggled wasnt handled well. Bracy was on a football scholarship at Florida State, and coach Jimbo Fisher lamented Bracys absence this spring when he said, It will hinder him greatly.
Being out there in track when its track season and being out there in football when its football season thats what I thought my scholarship covered. I wasnt told when spring football started that I wasnt with track until spring was over, Bracy said. If I was told that, that would have made a difference in my recruitment process.
Bracy had a strong spring on the track, breaking the schools 60-meter record with a sprint of 6.54 seconds on Feb. 9 in Arkansas. A few weeks later, he won the ACC Indoor title with a time of 6.57.
He told the Sentinel that he plans to rest the hamstring but hopes to compete in the U.S. Track and Field National Championships in Iowa in mid-June.