With 4:31 left Cody Parkey of Auburn kicked the ball 65-yards into the hands of Whitfield, who took off running for 100-yards into the endzone for a touchdown. The Florida State Seminoles took a 24-20 lead and were minutes away from being crowned champions.
As a high school senior, Whitfield ran 10.15 for 100-meters at the Bob Hayes Invitational. His rise to fame came as a junior when he won the Dream 100 at the 2012 Adidas Grand Prix in 10.43. He took down high school stars like Tyreek Hill in the 2012 Golden South Classic after Hill ran 10.19 in the preliminary round.
Flotrack was on hand in April to witness his 10.28 run at the 2013 Florida Relays, which was the fastest time for a high school runner at the time.
Speed runs in the family as he is cousins with former Florida State sprinter and professional runner for Adidas Marvin Bracy. In 2011, Whitfield even tried to tell Flotrack he was a better football player than his cousin. (Go to 3:37 in this video)
Bracy was able to compete as a two-sport athlete last year. He redshirted his freshman football season and then ran track. In April, Bracy decided to forgo all remaining NCAA eligibility and signed a contract with Adidas. It will be interesting to see if football coach Jimbo Fisher allows Whitfield to run track this winter/spring.
Here are some of the best reactions from the track and field world:
As long as @CoolAhhKermit don't run track I'm cool with that lol jk— Arman Hall (@Arman_Hall) January 7, 2014
Whitfield got burners— Mike Rodgers (@Mr_Rodgers_DAT) January 7, 2014
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NBA star LeBron James even knew that Whitfield had speed in him.
Thats real "track speed" there. Auburn should have done their homework and known not to kick to him— David Oliver (@doliversub13) January 7, 2014
Even the fastest man in the world spoke up...