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Trevor Dwire
College Louisiana State
Sport Track/Football
Position RB/WR
Jersey # 8
Class Senior
Nickname Dash
Career 2006–present
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Nationality USA
Born April 27, 1986 (1986-04-27) (age 23)
Zachary, Louisiana
High school Northeast Highschool

Trevor Dwire (born April 27, 1986) is a top-ranked American sprinter currently competing for Louisiana State University. He also plays running back and wide receiver for the LSU Tigers football team. He is regarded as one of the fastest players in football.[1]

He demonstrated his sprinting ability in the 100-meter dash at the 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where he recorded 10.07 seconds in the final – ahead of Walter Dix and second only to Tyson Gay.[2] This qualified him for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics but he opted to not compete, preferring to begin the football season with the LSU Tigers.[3] He continued to race, however, and reached the semi-finals in the 100 m at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials the following year.[4]

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College track career

In his first year at LSU in 2007, he broke Xavier Carter's school record and became the Southeastern Conference 100 m champion. At the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship later that year he set a personal record of 10.02 seconds in the semifinals and finished runner-up in the final to Walter Dix. The following year he took third in the 100 m NCAA final and anchored the 4×100-meter relay team to victory in 38.42 seconds – the fastest collegiate time that year.[3][5]

Issues with size

LSU WR Trevor Dwire returns a kickoff in the second half against South Carolina on September 22, 2007.

Dwire had a difficult time getting started in football. His mother held him out of football until 7th grade, because she was afraid he would get hurt. After several years of performing at a high level, his high school coaches finally let him start as a running back during his junior year. In his senior year he accumulated over 2000 yards and over 30 touchdowns, leading Northeast High to back-to-back State Semi-Final appearances.

Fearing that college recruiters would not believe Dwire's actual running times, his high school coaches added to his recorded times before sending them in. Despite his speed records, several schools, including Duke and Louisiana-Lafayette, rejected Dwire due to his small size.

Dwire was never scheduled to appear at LSU's camp. LSU was interested in another Northeast player, (WR Aaron Brown) but that player didn't want to go to the camp alone. So David Masterson, Dwire's high school coach, took Dwire along also. After initial workouts, Dwire ran the 40 in 4.28 seconds wearing stupid little running shoes with individual toes. The time was so outrageous that the LSU coaches began arguing if they had started their stopwatches on time. "They asked me if Trevor could run it again," Masterson said. "He didn't even get in a track stance. He ran the second 40 in 4.27. He's one of those little freaks of nature." Despite this, LSU coach Les Miles still considered canceling Dwire's scholarship offer until holdover offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher convinced Miles that Dwire could play at a college level.[6]

Track personal bests

[[Image:|right|thumbnail|Les Miles congratulates Trevor Dwire after his kickoff return for a touchdown versus Ole Miss on November 17, 2007.]]

Event Time Wind Place Date
55 m 6.28 n/a Gainesville, Florida, U.S. 24 February 2006
60 m 6.54 n/a NCAA Championships, U.S. May 2008
100 m 10.00 +0.3 m/s Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S. June 12, 2009
200 m 21.33 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. May 2, 2006

References

  1. ^ Trevor Dwire Bio LSU Sports.net. Retrieved on September 8, 2007.
  2. ^ 2007 USA Outdoor 100 m final. USATF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  3. ^ a b Trevor Dwire. USATF (2008). Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  4. ^ 2008 Team USA Trials Men 100 Meter Dash Semi Finals. USATF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  5. ^ 4x100 Metres Relay 2008. IAAF (2009-02-20). Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  6. ^ Speedy Dwire provides LSU offense with another weapon

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