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Fastest players in college football

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by RealGatorFan, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. RealGatorFan

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    NFL.com has their Top 18 fastest college football players and Auburn lands 2 on the list including a CB with Percy Harvin speed. Auburn was the only SEC team to feature players in this ranking. I think the SEC speed myth is a myth nowadays. Most of the Top 18 are from the Big 12 and PAC 10 with the overall nod going to the Big 12 with 4. Auburn does have the fastest player in the country but he's a freshman and his name is Anthony Schwartz who almost broke under a 10 second 100 meter and has been clocked at almost a 4.15 40. You might remember his name because we lost him to Auburn in Mullens' first recruiting blitz. Would have loved to have gotten him because he makes even Demps look slow. Could have used his speed and receiving skills and he knows what it takes to win titles.

    2 Auburn players among fastest in college football this upcoming season
     
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  2. UF24ou14

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    SEC speed isn't necessarily just the speed of the skill players. Lineman are really fast as well. Re-watch Derrick Harvey and Jarvis Moss blow up Ohio State's O-line in the '06 NC game. I told a friend of mine, who is an OSU fan, that we would be too fast for them. He stated that they have fast players too. Told him that it's more than skill players that would make the difference.
     
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  3. nawlinsgator

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    Absolutely right. Straight ahead track speed is not football speed. When anyone ever mentions the SEC Speed thing, i always think of fast, smothering defenses.
     
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  4. UF24ou14

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    Absolutely. SEC had 10 first round picks in the '18 NFL draft. Six were linemen or linebackers.
     
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  5. themistocles

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    You know, such Track-based measures of speed are only somewhat relevant when speaking of play on Turf, which is a different environment, and additionally, playing in pads, which alters things also.

    FURTHER, when they say FASTEST - they are measuring at the .001 second, which is meaningless. Can a 4.24 guy catch a 4.23 guy? Of course, depending on what's going on on the field.

    One of the Greatest Problems with the World is the Fanatical Devotion to EST - fastest, biggest, most wonderfulest, etc., etc..
     
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  6. UF24ou14

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    Exactly. Football isn't a track meet. If you're cutting thru the line dodging people, it takes away from straight ahead speed which allows a slower person to make a play on a much faster person. Percy Harvin's 40 time was 4.41, but his ability to cut on a dime and still maintain his speed was incredible. He had football game speed.
     
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  7. StrangeGator

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    4.15 40? Right, hand timed with a 40 mph tailwind.

    Yea, would like to have gotten Schwartz but wouldn't trade 10 Anthony Schwartzs for one Jacob Copeland. If we want track speed, we should teach UF sprinter Hakim Sani Brown to play WR and put him on the team fall of 2020, right after he represents Japan in the Olympics. Don't know what his personal best is but he ran a 10.05 and a 20.34 when he was 16.
     
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  8. believer

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    Maybe the SEC should just drop football.
     
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  9. StrangeGator

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    OSU probably is too fast for us since they get so many of their players from Florida. We've had some really fast DEs and OLBs in the past but not at the moment. I'm guessing that Scarlett, Henderson and Cleveland are the fastest players we have now.
     
  10. UF24ou14

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    While that may be true of UF at the moment, I don't think it applies to the SEC as a whole as the OP believes.
     
  11. StrangeGator

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    There are two or three UF players who should have been on that list. Henderson ran a 10.4 in high school. Gardner's been timed in the 10.4 range. Scarlett ran a laser timed 4.30 at The Opening.
     
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  12. jhbyrd

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    We have fast DBs. Since our DB can line up further back it gives them a slight time advantage.

    To bad we did not get Schwartz.
    Auburn versus Bama will be a speed versus strength game.

    Our WRs are not as fast as Auburn's. Van Jefferson is such a good route runner that he gets open. Toney has top tier moves in traffic.

    The downside of the very fast players is they get injured hamstrings frequently.
     
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  13. shelbygt350

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    John Capel had world class speed, the kind to make a living on the pro track circuit. Yet where did it show on the football field? Well, when our speedy Bo Carroll returned a KO for a TD and Capel caught him as he streaked up the side line to the goal line.

    Fred Taylor was fast but not world class speed. But football fast. As were Emmitt, Percy, Louis Oliver, Taylor Jacobs, etc.
     
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  14. Gatorrick22

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    I want world class speed at all positions and I want fast FOOTBALL speed too. :D
     
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    Me!
     
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  16. INGATORSWETRUST

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    Is this a track and field thread? Put some pads on and see if they can catch a ball or make a pick in game situations. Do they break and crumble when hit by a monster LB or DL?
     
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  17. UF24ou14

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    How about world class football speed?
     
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  18. Gatorrick22

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    This works for me... :D;)
     
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  19. Endless Excuses

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    Fred ran a 4.38 at the combine at 227 lbs....how much faster does a 227 lb rb get?
     
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  20. antny

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    Fred taylor remains one of the most underrated backs ever. Even with his significantly limited NFL playing time due to injury he ranks somewhere around 17th all time in yardage with most every one above him in the hall of fame.

    His combo of speed and power was amazing
     
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