In a world where raw speed becomes more important with each passing year, the fastest guys in the land have significant impact on the game of college football.
Speed is recruited, celebrated and ultimately rewarded at every level of football, which makes something as simple as an athlete’s time in the 40-yard dash a crucial kernel of data.
The following slideshow ranks the 25 speediest returners for the 2012 season of college football and, in doing so, pinpoints potential impact players in the glorious campaign that lies ahead.
The individual times utilized in this presentation come via the excellent NFLDraftScout.com, which is careful to identify athletes' “best verifiable 40 time"—with the emphasis being on the word “verifiable.”
The consistent application of this specific calculation in our listing is important, as it provides an equitable way of first determining and then ranking the fastest 25 guys in college football.