The 50 Fastest Returning Players in College Football

Martin SondermannAnalyst IIFebruary 1, 2012

The 50 Fastest Returning Players in College Football

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    The college football universe contains many amazing individuals. All with the ability to play the game at an extremely high level.

    However, some of those players are able to rise above the rest.

    Some do it with strength, while others do it with size. But, the most prized possession of any athlete is that coveted ability called speed. 

    This list contains those individuals who are blessed with the means to fly down the field at break-neck speed.

    Let's take a look at the 50 fastest returning players in college football next season. 

Marquess Wilson

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    Marquess Wilson

    Junior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Washington State

    6'2", 188 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.48

    Wilson is an impressive receiver with a bright future. Much like his team, look for him to be much improved in 2012. 

Giovani Bernard

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    Giovani Bernard

    Sophomore 2012

    Running Back

    North Carolina

    5'10", 205 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.48

    Bernard is a fast guy with toughness. Only a sophomore in 2012, look for him to top his 1253 yard performance in 2011. 

Hunter Furr

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    Hunter Furr

    Senior 2012

    Running Back

    Was at North Carolina, now at ECU

    6'0", 210 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.47

    Furr is above average fast, and he has a cool name. What more could you ask for?

Robert Lester

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    Robert Lester

    Senior 2012

    Safety

    Alabama

    6'2", 210

    Best 40 Time: 4.46

    Another big guy with good speed. It is almost not fair. 

Montee Ball

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    Montee Ball

    Senior 2012

    Running Back

    Wisconsin

    5'9", 212 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.46

    When you think of Montee Ball you don't necessarily think of speed. You usually think of power and strength. However, Ball is plenty fast, and look for him to have a great senior season. 

Xavier Rhodes

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    Xavier Rhodes

    Junior 2012

    Cornerback

    Florida State University

    6'2", 215 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.46

     

    Another big guy who can move. Rhodes has the complete package and speed is just one of his tools. 

Sheldon Price

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    Sheldon Price

    Senior 2012

    Cornerback

    UCLA

    6'1", 180 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.45

     

    Price is a good corner with good speed. Now, if his team could play good it will be the perfect formula. 

Ray-Ray Armstrong

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    Ray-Ray Armstrong

    Senior 2012

    Defensive Back

    Miami

    6'4", 215

    Best 40 Time: 4.44

     

    Armstrong is big and strong, and yet he has still clocked a 4.44 40.

Torrance Hunt

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    Torrance Hunt

    Junior 2012

    Running Back

    East Carolina

    5'8", 175 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.43

     

    Hunt plays fast, and he should only continue to improve. 

Ace Sanders

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    Ace Sanders

    Junior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    South Carolina

    5'7",175 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.43

     

    Quick and agile is how you can describe Ace Sanders. Oh ya, and fast. 

Tony Jefferson

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    Tony Jefferson

    Junior 2012

    Safety

    Oklahoma

    5'10", 200 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.43

     

    Very strong and plenty fast, Tony Jefferson is quite a force.

Johnthan Banks

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    Johnthan Banks

    Senior 2012

    Cornerback

    Miss State

    6'1", 185

    Best 40 Time: 4.42

     

    Crafty, smart, fast, and strong. Those are just a few words that describe Johnthan Banks. 

Ray Graham

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    Ray Graham

    Senior 2012

    Running Back

    Pitt

    5'9", 195 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.42

     

    Graham is fun to watch. Let's hope he lives up to expectations in 2012. 

Keenan Allen

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    Keenan Allen

    Junior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Cal

    6'3", 205

    Best 40 Time: 4.42

    It is really not fair when guys this big move as fast as Allen. He may not be the fastest person on this list, but he is still plenty fast.

    Look for this guy to have a great NFL career someday. 

T.J. McDonald

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    T.J. McDonald

    Senior 2012

    Safety

    USC

    6'3", 205 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.42

    McDonald has one more year to shine at USC. His size, speed, and ability make him a key weapon. 

Ronnie Wingo Jr

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    Ronnie Wingo Jr. 

    Senior 2012

    Running Back

    Arkansas

    6'2", 231

    Best 40 Time: 4.42

    Wingo is a big, strong back that knows how to move. It can't feel good getting hit by this guy if he is running full speed. 

David Amerson

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    David Amerson

    Junior 2012

    Cornerback

    North Carolina State

    6'2", 193 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.42

    This list is full of so much talent, and Amerson is no exception. It wouldn't surprise anyone if he bypasses his senior year to turn pro. 

Bacarri Rambo

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    Bacarri Rambo

    Senior 2012

    Safety

    Georgia

    6'1", 218 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.40

     

    Big, strong, and fast. You don't want to get in the way of this freight train.

Sammy Watkins

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    Sammy Watkins

    Sophomore 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Clemson

    6'1", 200 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.40

    Sammy Watkins can be summed up in one word -- Wow!  This guy is lightning in a bottle.

Joseph Randle

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    Joseph Randle

    Junior 2012

    Running Back

    Oklahoma State

    6'0", 192 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.40

    Randle is versatile and fast. Look for the Cowboys to utilize him to have another great season. 

T.J. Moe

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    T.J. Moe

    Senior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Missouri

    5'11", 195 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.40

    Moe is solid player with all the tools.

    He is not the fastest player on the list, but he is certainly fast.

Tyrann Mathieu

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    Tyrann Mathieu

    Junior 2012

    Cornerback

    LSU

    5'9", 179 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.39

    Mathieu is fast when he needs to be. Look for him to have a great 2012, and look for his team to be back in the mix once again.  

Sheroid Evans

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    Sheroid Evans

    Sophomore 2012

    Cornerback

    Texas

    6'0", 185 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.39

    Sheroid should stage a super sophomore season.

    Say that five times fast.

Kenny Stills

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    Kenny Stills

    Junior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Oklahoma

    6'1", 189 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.39

    Kenny Stills is faster than most people realize. His breakaway speed is impressive, his moves are incredible, and overall he is a great receiver.

Stedman Bailey

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    Stedman Bailey

    Junior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    West Virginia

    5'10", 190 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.38

    Stedman Baily came out of high school running a 4.4 40 yard dash. He has gotten a bit faster, and it shows.

Dallas Burroughs

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    Dallas Burroughs

    Sophomore 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Boise State University

    5'9", 175 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.38

    Look for Burroughs to make his name a punt returner as well as a wide receiver. He has great quickness and he is of course, extremely fast. 

Rashad Greene

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    Rashad Greene

    Sophomore 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Florida State University

    6'0", 175 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.37

     

    Rashad is so fast, it will leave you green with envy. 

Mike Bellamy

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    Mike Bellamy

    Sophomore 2012

    Running Back

    Clemson

    5'10", 178 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.36

    Clemson has a good one in Bellamy. The 2012 season brings a lot of promise for both of them. 

Robert Woods

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    Robert Woods

    Junior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    USC

    6'1", 184 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.36

    Woods will be part of an incredible team in 2012. Look for Robert Woods and USC to be in the mix for a BCS title. 

Marcus Wheaton

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    Markus Wheaton

    Senior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Oregon State

    6'0", 178 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.36

    Wheaton is a very fast receiver. Look for him to get a lot of action come the 2012 season. His team looks to be much improved. 

George Farmer

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    George Farmer

    Sophomore 2012

    Running Back

    USC

    6'1", 205

    Best 40 Time: 4.35

    Southern Cal is going to be amazing come 2012.

    Look for Farmer to harvest a few touchdowns during the year. 

Justin Gilbert

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    Justin Gilbert

    Junior 2012

    Cornerback

    Oklahoma State

    6'0", 205 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.35

     

    Incredibly fast and agile, Gilbert is the true all-around athlete.

Derrick Hopkins

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    Derrick Hopkins

    Junior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    South Florida Bulls

    5'5", 158 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.34

    Dynamite comes in small packages, and Hopkins is no exception. This guy will make your head spin. 

Nigel Malone

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    Nigel Malone

    Senior 2012

    Defensive Back

    Kansas State University

    5'10", 176 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.34

     

    Malone is fast and quick.

    He has moves that make your jaw drop. His senior year should be a good one. 

Broderick Brown

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    Broderick Brown

    Senior 2012

    Cornerback

    Oklahoma State

    5'8", 185 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.34

     

    Another huge athlete that isn't very big at all.

    However, when you are this fast it doesn't matter your height. 

Miles Shuler

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    Miles Shuler

    Sophomore 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Rutgers

    5'10", 172 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.32

    Shuler is a talented player with all the right stuff. It will be interesting to see what the new head coach for the Scarlett Knights does with this guy.

Sam McGuffie

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    Sam McGuffie

    Senior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Now with Rice

    5'11", 200 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.32

    This guy is amazing, athletic, and of course, fast. He should have a great senior season. 

Kenneth Gilstrap

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    Kenneth Gilstrap

    Junior 2012

    Cornerback

    Middle Tennessee

    5'10", 180 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.31

    Middle Tennessee is lucky to have a guy like Gilstrap. He has all the tools to make it at the next level as well. 

Denard Robinson

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    Denard Robinson

    Senior 2012

    Quarterback

    Michigan

    6'1", 193 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.30

     

    It will be interesting to see how the Wolverines use Robinson in his senior year.

    Will he only be a quarterback? He is talented enough to play a couple of other positions on the field. It will be exciting to watch. 

Onterio McCalebb

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    Onterio McCalebb

    Senior 2012

    Running Back

    Auburn

    5'10", 175 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.29

     

    Do not blink when watching McCalebb play. If you do, you might miss a touchdown.

De'Anthony Thomas

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    De' Anthony Thomas

    Sophomore 2012

    Running Back

    Oregon

    5'9", 175 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.29

    A lot of people are excited to see what Thomas does next season. However, you can bet nobody in the Pac-12 is eager to see him in action. 

Branden Smith

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    Branden Smith

    Senior 2012

    Cornerback

    Georgia

    5'11", 176 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.28

    Once clocked at 4.28, Smith is one of the fastest players on the list.

    He doesn't always show it, but when he needs to light it up he can. 

Skye Dawson

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    Skye Dawson

    Senior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    TCU

    5'10", 175

    Best 40 Time: 4.28

    Skye Dawson was named correctly when he was born. This guy flies. 

Tavon Austin

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    Tavon Austin

    Senior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    West Virginia

    5'9", 176 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.28

    Austin is incredible. He should finish his career strong and then make an impact in the NFL. He certainly has the speed to do it. 

Quincy McDuffie

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    Quincy McDuffie

    Senior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    University of Central Florida

    5'10", 175 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.28

    This guy is lightning fast. Look for him to make his senior year count. He is coming off an ankle injury, but he should be just fine. 

Devon Smith

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    Devon Smith

    Senior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Penn State

    5'7", 158 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.26

    Small, but extremely fast, Smith has a reputation to live up to.

    Look for him to do that next season. 

Andre Debose

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    Andre Debose

    Junior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Florida

    5'11", 191 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.26

    Andre Debose averaged 27 yards per catch last season.

    Look for coaches to get him the ball a bit more in 2012. 

D.J. Monroe

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    D.J. Monroe

    Senior 2012

    Running Back

    Texas

    5'9", 175 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.26

    Monroe has yet to live up to his potential in Texas.

    He certainly has the speed, but it takes a bit more than that. 

Damiere Byrd

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    Damiere Byrd

    Sophomore 2012

    Wide Receiver

    South Carolina

    5'9", 161 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.26

    Byrd had coaches excited when still in high school he ran the fastest time ever at a  Nike Combine event.

    He hasn't made a huge impact yet, but expect that he will. 

Marquise Goodwin

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    Marquise Goodwin

    Senior 2012

    Wide Receiver

    Texas

    5'9", 177 lbs

    Best 40 Time: 4.26

     

    Marquise Goodwin is freaky fast. If you have ever seen him run you know that. Look for him to have a great senior year.