Speed Kills: The fastest players in FBS for 2019

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Kary Vincent
Kary Vincent is among college football’s top speedsters while also competing in track and field.

This is the time of the year that I post my “all” teams. Last week, we recognized the big boys with a look at the biggest linemen this year in FBS. Now, we’re going to focus on speed.

The kind of speed can change the complexion of a game is coveted by coaches everywhere. I’m talking about the runners that come close to breaking the sound barrier when they open it up. You may be surprised how many players with local ties are among the fastest in the nation.

1. Javaris Davis (5-10, 187)

The senior cornerback from Auburn runs a 4.24 forty, setting him apart. His cousins, Vontae and Vernon Davis, were also well known for their speed and athleticism in the NFL. Javaris had 41 tackles in 2018 with a pair of interceptions. He was a freshman All-American. He is listed as the 4th best cornerback by Pro Football Focus among returning cornerbacks.

2. Henry Ruggs III (6-0, 190)

Another player with which LSU fans are familiar, the junior wide receiver at Alabama runs a 4.25 forty and has run a 10.58 hundred meters. He is expected to be a top three to five overall pick in the first round of the ’20 NFL Draft. He snared 46 passes for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns last season developed into a go-to guy.

3. Lorenzo Lingard (6-0, 202)

The sophomore running back at Miami runs a 4.27 forty. His 2018 was shortened following a torn left MCL, limiting him to six games. Lingard was a 5 star 2018 signee and Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

4. Tyson Campbell (6-0, 186)

The sophomore cornerback for Georgia runs a 4.27 forty. He contributed 45 tackles last fall including a season-high 11 stops against LSU.

5. Anthony ‘Pooka’ Williams (5-10, 170)

The sophomore running back for Kansas was reinstated this week to the Jayhawk program following a suspension, but he will have to sit out season opener against Indiana State. The Hahnville High product ran for 1,125 yards with a 7.0 yard average last season with seven touchdowns. He burned highly-ranked Oklahoma for 252 yards and two scores on the way to being named the Big XII’s top freshman on offense. He has run a 4.29 forty, but word is that he has improved on that time.

6. Kiland Harrison (5-11, 170)

You don’t know this guy? You will. The 2019 Tulane signee becomes the fastest man on campus upon his arrival. The 3 star signee from Madison, Miss. can take the top off of a defense with a 4.29 forty.

7. Kary Vincent (5-10, 181)

The junior cornerback at LSU turns in a 10.04 hundred in track for the Tigers. The Port Arthur, Texas product had 31 tackles in ’18 and he enters the fall with a pair of career interceptions.

8. Anthony Schwartz (6-0, 180)

A sophomore wide receiver at Auburn, he runs a 10.09 hundred meters. As a freshman last season, he had a pair of touchdown catches and ran for five additional scores.

9. Devin Duvernay (5-11, 210)

The senior wide receiver for Texas runs a 4.32 forty to go along with a 10.27 hundred. In 32 games for the Longhorns, he has accounted for 70 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. He is cousin of Kyler Murray, last year’s Heisman winner and the first overall pick in ’19 NFL Draft. While at Sachese (Texas), Duvernay totaled 170 grabs for 2,906 yards and 36 touchdowns.

10. Derek Stingley Jr. (6-1, 195)

The LSU cornerback is already being hailed as one of best true freshmen to ever play for the Tigers after a stellar showing as an early enrollee this past spring. He runs a 4.3 forty. Stingley pilfered 14 passes in high school despite the fact opponents of the Dunham School tried their best to avoid him.

11. Dax Hill (6-1, 186)

The freshman cornerback for Michigan runs a 4.3 forty to go along with 43.6″ vertical. He was a 5 star signee in this year’s class.

12. Tony Pride (6-0, 195)

A senior cornerback at Notre Dame with a 4.3 forty and 6.73 int he 60-meters to his credit, he made 47 tackles for the Irish last season with 10 passes broken up and two interceptions.

13. Jalen Reagor (5-11, 195)

The junior wide receiver at TCU runs a 4.32 forty. His dad, Montae, played nine NFL seasons including a Super Bowl XLI win with the Colts in 2006. The past two seasons with Horned Frogs, Jalen made 105 catches for over 1,600 total yards and 17 touchdowns in 27 games, He is a projected first round pick in 2020 NFL Draft.

14. Salvon Ahmed (6-0, 193)

The junior running back at Washington has run a 4.32 forty. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry last season.

15. Tyrie Cleveland (6-2, 206)

A senior wide receiver at Florida with a 4.32 forty time, he has 54 career catches for 920 yards and seven touchdowns. He had a 98 yard touchdown catch against LSU.

16. Jeff Gladney (6-0, 193)

The senior cornerback for TCU runs a 4.34 forty. He has only allowed a reception every 16.5 snaps, which was best in pass-happy Big XII. Gladney made 41 stops and two picks in ’18.

17. Levonta Taylor (5-11, 183)

The senior safety at Florida State with a 4.34 forty is a lightning quick defender who had two interception returns for scores last season.

18. Demetris Robertson (6-0, 190)

The junior Georgia wideout with a 4.34 forty transferred to Athens from Cal where he played in 2016 and 2017.

19. McLane Mannix (5-10, 178)

A junior wide receiver at Texas Tech with a 4.35 forty, he transfer from Nevada where he totaled 107 catches for 1,653 yards and 13 touchdowns the past two seasons for the Wolfpack.

20. Tavien Feaster (5-11, 216)

This senior running back who is the NCAA’s transfer portal has spent college career at Clemson. His 4.36 speed is appealing for coaches at other programs. He also turns in a 10.42 hundred and 6.88 sixty. Feaster has totaled 1,330 yards rushing with 15 touchdowns during his three seasons at Clemson.

21. Travis Etienne (5-10, 215)

The All-American running back for Clemson is a legitimate Heisman candidate with a 4.38 forty. He raced for 1,658 yards (8.1 average) and 24 touchdowns for the National Champions in ’18. While at Jennings (La.) High, he had 2,459 yards rushing with 39 scores as a senior.

22. Sean McGrew (5-7, 185)

A junior running back at Washington with a 4.38 forty, he was 2015 California Gatorade Player of the Year following a prep career with 5,768 rushing yards (9.1 average) and 76 touchdowns.

23. Dominic Davis (5-9, 190)

The senior USC running back with a 10.47 hundred time has played corner and receiver as well.

24. Adrian Killins (5-9, 164)

A senior running back at UCF with a 4.39 forty and 10.53 hundred has a school record 25 career touchdowns. He had a school-best 96-yard touchdown run against Memphis in 2017.

25. Reggie Roberson (6-0, 182)

A junior wide receiver at SMU has turned in a time in the 10.55 hundred range. He had 52 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns for the Mustangs in 2018.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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