Did you know that eight of the 34 players (23.5%) at the 2013 NFL Draft Combine who ran a sub-4.50 second 40-yard dash played against BYU during their college careers?Among these eight players was the combine's fastest player: Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin was clocked at 4.27 seconds.
Here is a table with the eight players, their times, schools, and the results when BYU played their schools.
|PLAYER||40 TIME||COMBINE RANK||SCHOOL||VS. BYU||YEAR|
|Marquise Goodwin||4.27||1||Texas||W, 17-16||2011|
|Josh Boyce||4.38||T-8||TCU||W, 31-3||2010|
|Desmond Trufant||4.38||T-8||Washington||L, 23-17||2010|
|Jamar Taylor||4.39||T-11||Boise State||W, 7-6||2012|
|Rod Sweeting||4.42||T-16||Georgia Tech||L, 41-17||2012|
|Xavier Rhodes||4.43||T-19||Florida State||W, 31-10||2010|
|Markus Wheaton||4.45||25||Oregon State||L, 44-20||2009|
|Kerwynn Williams||4.48||T-31||Utah State||W, 31-16||2010|
So, does speed "kill"? Not exactly.
BYU played these players a total of 13 times, and had a record of 6-7 in those games. Two of BYU's wins were over 20 points. Two of the losses were by one point. Two of BYU's losses were by more than 20 points.
These eight players were evenly split between offense and defense--four each.
Looking just beyond the 4.50 mark, there were another seven players who faced BYU during their college careers and ran the 40-yard dash between 4.51 and 4.54--Will Davis (4.51, Utah State), Rodney Smith (4.51, Florida State), Marquess Wilson (4.51, Washington State), D.J. Harper (4.52, Boise State), Khalid Wooten (4.53, Nevada), Leon McFadden (4.54, San Diego State), and Jordan Poyer (4.54, Oregon State).
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