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Rutgers Men's Track: For Corey Crawford, Numbers Do the Talking

One of the best athletes in the country is a Scarlet Knight and no, he's not on the football or basketball team.

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He's kind of a big deal.

Whether it be the long jump, high jump, 4x400 relay, 60-meter dash, 100-meter dash, or 200-meter dash, Corey Crawford has been shining all throughout his career on the Rutgers men's track and field team. The junior multisport star possesses athletic ability that, quite honestly, is one of the best to pass through Piscataway in any sport.

The only reason why he doesn't get the same recognition? It's just track and field. But it's not just track and field -- it's the ultimate test of true athletic ability. What these athletes do on "game day" is what other sports implement as punishments in practices. Heck, they spend the entire time running, doesn't that say enough about what it takes?

But if you do indeed bleed scarlet, Corey Crawford's name is one that you deserve to know. And here's why.

He's the son of SportsCenter anchor Jay Crawford

Okay, so this isn't the number one reason as to why you need to know who Corey Crawford is -- just a fun fact to get things started. The SportsCenter anchor and former host of ESPN's daily show "First Take" featuring Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless is seen on television screens all across America and yes, his son is a track athlete at Rutgers (the same Rutgers that ESPN had an agenda against in the witch hunt a year ago that ousted former athletic director Tim Pernetti, but that's another story that we'd rather not get into).

When he graduated from Bowling Green and in the midst of his career taking off as a journalist, Jay was approached about an opportunity for a brief stint in minor league baseball, but nothing became of it. Obviously, here, Corey holds the upper hand.

All he's done is break records…and more records

And he's showing no signs of stopping. It all started in high school at Indian Hills (Oakland, N.J.). Corey won the Long Jump State Championship and set the record for Group 2 in the state. Those results translated to the college level on the banks, where he became an immediate contributor for the Scarlet Knights.

After his first two seasons where he was a two-time runner up in the long jump at the Big East Indoor Championships, Corey took off this winter.

He's been in a constant competition with himself. He broke an 11-year-old school record for the long jump, before breaking it again in the New Balance Invitational with a leap of 7.97 meters or 26 feet, 1 3/4 inches (envision that distance in your head for a second). At the end of the indoor season in the Indoor Championships, Corey came just shy of the first indoor championship for Rutgers in 33 years.

The accolades go on, and on, and on. There's almost too many to list, but you can get a brief of his highest achievements and his all-time results.

He's the most recent AAC honoree

OTB recently released a write up honoring Rutgers baseball pitcher Gaby Rosa and softball center fielder Jackie Bates for their achievements that led to them being named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll.

Well, Corey Crawford is the newest member to that club, but on an even higher level.

On Tuesday, Corey was named the AAC Field Athlete of the Week after his most recent record-breaking performance. At the University of Georgia-hosted Spec Towns Invitational, Corey recorded a personal-best for the outdoor long jump at 7.80 meters (25 feet, 7 1/4 inches) which shattered the school record for the outdoor event. The mark speaks for itself, as it's tied for fourth in the country and at the top of the AAC.

Bottom line

Some may know him as the son of that guy on SportsCenter. His peers might know him as that tall kid clad in a scarlet Nike jumpsuit on College Ave.

But if you didn't know who Corey Crawford is, just take a look at the numbers. They speak quite well on who he is.