Speed is more prevalent in college football than it has ever been. A lot of teams are built around their speed. But who is the fastest player on each of the BCS teams? Some of the speed comes from experienced veterans, while the fastest players on some teams are incoming freshmen.
There are a few different ways to gauge speed, but for the sake of argument, we will base it off of confirmed 40-yard dash times. Most people realize that game speed might be slightly different than 40 times, but that is the one consistent number with factual evidence.
While arguments can certainly be made for players not on the list, it is easy to see that every player listed is extremely fast.
Here is the fastest player on every BCS college football team entering the 2013 season.
*BYU and Notre Dame are included with the BCS teams.
*40 times, unless noted differently, are according to NFLDraftScout.com and are based on lowest recorded time.
Despite missing most of last season with an injury, Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White is the fastest player on the Crimson Tide when it comes to 40 time.
He has a confirmed 4.32-second 40 time. That is not only the fastest on Alabama, but also one of the speediest in the entire country.
It is still to early to tell whether or not he has lost a step or two, but when he went down last season, he was the fastest player on the Alabama roster.
Arizona wide receiver Garic Wharton has only caught 19 passes over his first two seasons for the Wildcats, but he has averaged nearly 14 yards a reception.
He has the ability to run away from opposing defenders. In high school, he posted a 4.42-second 40 time, per Mike Schmitz of the Daily Wildcat. While he has not yet been able to translate that to the next level, he will be entering his junior season and is slated to be on the first team.
Head coach Rich Rodriguez will certainly find a way to use this guy.
Marion Grice is one of the most complete players on the list. The Arizona State running back has the potential to have a breakout senior season.
Last year, he averaged 6.6 yards a carry with 11 touchdowns. He will likely receive more than the 103 carries he did a year ago. He also caught 43 passes out of the backfield in 2012.
He has 4.45-second 40 speed. That helps set him apart from a lot of other running backs across the country.
Wide receiver Eric Hawkins is a relative unknown. He redshirted last season during his freshman campaign and will battle for playing time this season.
One thing he has going for him is speed. He has been clocked at a few different times, and it is not known for sure just how fast he is, but he is somewhere in the 4.40 range, per 247Sports.
That speed should help him get on the field this season. Here is a video of that speed a few years ago at a high school track meet.
Corey Grant might even be faster than his official listed 40 time of 4.47 seconds. He is a transfer from rival Alabama and is already being talked about as the fastest player on the Auburn roster.
Whether or not he will see much action on the field remains to be seen, but this guy is fast.
He might be a few ticks down the list if he were still starring for the Crimson Tide. Here are some highlights from his high school days to enjoy.
There are a lot of speedy players on Baylor, including running back Lache Seastrunk. But, holding the slight edge is incoming recruit Kyle Fulks.
Even though he has not played a college snap, when he takes the field, he will be the fastest player on the roster.
His 4.36-second 40 time, per high school records, is one of the fastest in the country for any incoming player. Look out for this cornerback for years to come.
Check him out on the track.
Alex Amidon is another very talented player on the list. Last season as a junior, the Boston College wideout caught 78 passes for 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns. That was good for an average of 15.5 yards a reception.
This year, he will have still have quarterback Chase Rettig throwing him the football, so those numbers should improve even more if he can stay healthy.
Amidon has 4.40-second 40 speed, which puts him in a class of his own on the Eagles roster.
Cody Hoffman is not only one of the best wide receivers in the country this season, but he is also the fastest player on the Cougars roster.
Hoffman has big-play ability with a chance to score every time he touches the ball.
Look for another huge season from Hoffman for the Cougars, thanks in large part to his 4.45-second 40 time.
Khalfani Muhammad is another incoming recruit who finds himself on the list. He has posted a 4.40-second 40 time, per Rivals.com.
The running back will have huge shoes to fill this season as the Golden Bears have a ton of talent to replace in their skill positions.
The 4-star recruit, per Rivals.com, could get playing time this season. Just check out his 100-meter dash a few years ago at the tender age of 16. This guy is extremely explosive.
Central Florida sophomore wide receiver Breshad Perriman has an unconfirmed 4.40-second 40-yard dash time from high school, per Iliana Limon of the Orlando Sentinel.
He made an impact last season for the Knights as a true freshman, catching 26 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns. Entering his sophomore campaign, those numbers are almost certain to rise.
Look for a solid year from this speedy wide receiver, as the Knights could be a sleeper.
Cincinnati running back Ralph David Abernathy IV is similar to a Darren Sproles type. He can make people miss in the open field and is virtually impossible to catch from behind.
He has a confirmed 4.34-second 40 time. That is extremely fast by any standards.
Abernathy may not ever be an every-down back at the collegiate level, but he might be the most explosive player in the American Athletic Conference in 2013.
Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is the biggest speed burner on the Tigers roster in 2013.
Even though he struggled in 2012, he was still the fastest player on the team. Watkins has a confirmed 4.40-second 40 time.
He will likely be the top target at the wide receiver position in the ACC.
Colorado running back Tony Jones has made an impact during his first two seasons with the program. Last year, he rushed for 320 yards and three touchdowns on 63 carries. In 2013, he is likely to be the starter.
While he has been rumored to run as fast as a 4.30-second 40-yard dash in high school, per Mark Spezia of The Flint Journal, it appears he is more in the 4.46 range.
Jones should get the bulk of the carries for the Buffaloes in 2013 and will be able to show off his speed against Pac-12 defenses all season long.
Connecticut is not a team that is blessed with a lot of speed this season. The Huskies have struggled the past few years, but one player who has been solid is running back Lyle McCombs.
McCombs has rushed for over 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns over his first two years in the program.
He is not extremely fast but possesses 4.46-second 40 speed. That is tops on the Connecticut roster.
Look for a huge season from McCombs if he can get better blocking up front as the Huskies try to bounce back after struggling last season.
Duke running back Juwan Thompson holds the slight edge over a few other players when it comes to fastest man on the roster.
He has been clocked at 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He should get the bulk of the carries this season for Duke.
If he can find a way to use his excellent speed, he could have a huge season for the Blue Devils.
On a roster filled with speedy players, wide receiver Andre Debose is at the top of the list.
His confirmed 40-time is 4.38 seconds. That is one of the fastest in the entire country heading into the 2013 season.
He has posted times even faster, including a 4.26 mark that ranks him near the top of the country.
Too bad he was recently lost for the season.
Florida State incoming wide receiver Levonte Whitfield is one of the fastest of the incoming players in the 2013 class.
He has posted a 40-time of 4.37 seconds, per Seminoles.com.
The Seminoles have a roster filled with speedy players at nearly every position. While Whitfield might have the top 40 time on the roster, he will be challenged by plenty of extremely fast players for the title of fastest Seminole.
Here is a video of Whitfield running the 200-yard dash.
Georgia has a pair of extremely fast running backs, but the faster of the two and the quickest player on the roster is Keith Marshall.
Marshall has a 4.40-second 40 time. Fellow running back Todd Gurley is right with Marshall, as is wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.
This honor could easily go to either of those two as well, but the slight edge here is with Marshall.
Georgia Tech running back Broderick Snoddy is easily the fastest player on the Yellow Jackets roster.
He has a 40 time as high as 4.42 seconds, per KentuckyScout.com, but is also a track star for Georgia Tech. He is one of the most explosive players in the nation.
Check out the video as Snoddy blows by Justin Thomas with ease.
Houston always has speedy wide receivers, and this season is no different. The Cougars have enough talent out wide to put some points on the board.
Leading the way when it comes to speed is Larry McDuffey. There is no official time on McDuffey, but he had been clocked around 4.40 seconds in high school, per the Cougars' official website.
Look for an excellent sophomore season from McDuffey.
Illinois is one of those Big Ten teams that is never short on speed. This year, some of that speed can be found at the wide receiver position.
Topping the list is Ryan Lankford. He has been timed at 4.35 seconds, meaning he is one of the fastest players in the Big Ten heading into the 2013 season.
With speed like that, Lankford could be a huge target downfield for quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase in 2013. The Fighting Illini are expecting a big year from their senior wideout.
There is very little question who the fastest player on the Indiana Hoosiers roster is heading into the 2013 season.
Wide receiver Shane Wynn tops the list. The junior has a 40 time of 4.34 seconds. That is an extremely low number and gives quarterback Cameron Coffman a small, but shifty target to throw the ball to.
Wynn will be one of the fastest players in the Big Ten this season.
Tevaun Smith is only a sophomore, but he brings a wealth of speed to the Hawkeyes this season.
Smith has a 40 time of 4.42 seconds. While he is not quite as fast as the previous two Big Ten wide receivers on the list, he is still as quick as it comes as far as the Hawkeyes are concerned.
The Toronto native caught three passes last season for 31 yards. Now he is expected to step into the starting role and be a huge contributor for the Hawkeyes in 2013.
Here is a little film on the speedster.
Jarvis West only caught 31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns last season. A better quarterback might be just what he needs to put up bigger numbers in 2013.
The junior has been clocked at 4.38 seconds in the 40, and there is also speculation that he might even be faster than that, per Yancy Porter of Scout.com.
West is one of the most valuable weapons in the Big 12 when he gets the ball in the open field.
Kansas has struggled mightily in recent seasons, only winning one game a year ago.
Running back Tony Pierson has a confirmed 40 time of 4.43 seconds. That makes him the fastest player on the Jayhawks.
He should be one of the biggest offensive threats for Kansas in 2013.
Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett is as fast as they come as far as Wildcats players are concerned.
He has a 4.35-second 40 time, putting him lower than anybody else on the roster. Lockett is a little undersized, as are a lot of other players on the list, but he is also very elusive.
No question, he is the fastest player on the Kansas State roster.
Kentucky might be a team headed in the right direction under first-year head coach Mark Stoops.
One player he can rely on for some big plays is running back Raymond Sanders. Sanders has 4.32-second 40 speed.
No doubt that if he gets into the open field, he is not going to be caught.
James Quick will be a wide receiver this year for the Louisville Cardinals. The incoming freshman could be a huge deep-play threat this year and particularly in the future for the Cardinals.
The 4-star recruit has been clocked as high as 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per Rivals.com.
There are plenty of speedy players on Louisville, but the slight edge here goes to Quick.
Here is a video from his days in high school at Louisville Trinity.
Here is yet another recruit in the 2013 class. Dual-threat Jeryl Brazil has been timed at 4.32 seconds.
That is extremely fast no matter who is watching. Brazil has the ability to play a number of different positions at the collegiate level, as he played both quarterback and cornerback in high school.
Here is a nice highlight reel of just what this kid has to offer.
If wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a quarterback to throw him the ball, he could be one of the best in the country at his position next season.
What helps him succeed is his speed. Diggs has a 4.38-second 40 time, which is the fastest on the Terrapins roster.
He will be a stud next season for Maryland if the Terrapins can find a quarterback to get him the ball.
Memphis is probably one of the least recognized teams on this list, as the Tigers are joining the American Athletic Conference in 2013.
There is not a lot of speed on the roster, but one player who stands out is blazing fast wide receiver Keiwone Malone.
Malone is a former Alabama commit, so he has SEC speed. He has been clocked at 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per Don Kausler Jr. of AL.com. The junior will be the go-to player for the Tigers in 2013.
Here is some film from his high school days.
Duke Johnson made a splash last season as a true freshman for the Hurricanes. He contributed at running back and also on special teams.
Johnson has been recorded as low as 4.28 seconds. Needless to say, that is extremely fast.
Johnson will be one of the best special teams players in the country this season and could also be the top running back in the ACC if everything falls into place.
While he has no official time, Michigan running back Dennis Norfleet has been timed as low as 4.37 seconds.
He receives most of his action on special teams but could see more playing time at running back or in third-down situations over the next few years.
Look for some big plays from Norfleet over the years to come in Ann Arbor.
There is not a standout player on the Michigan State roster as far as speed is concerned, but one player at the top of the list is cornerback Darqueze Dennard.
Dennard has a 40 time of 4.40 seconds and is one of the top returning players on that side of the ball for the Spartans.
Look for another solid season from this experienced cornerback in 2013.
Yet another Big Ten wide receiver makes the list.
Minnesota wide receiver Derrick Engel has been clocked around 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune. He gives Minnesota the ability to stretch the field vertically this season.
The senior and former walk-on will be a huge target this season downfield for whoever wins the Minnesota starting quarterback role.
This is another player on the list who has not played a down of college football but has blazing speed as he enters the collegiate level.
Kailo Moore was not only a 4-star recruit coming out of high school, per Rivals.com, but was also a track star. He has been timed as low as 4.27 seconds in the 40, according to this YouTube video (though Rivals.com has him at 4.40), and will be the fastest player on the Ole Miss roster as the season begins.
That speed might give him the ability to get some immediate playing time for the Rebels.
Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins has a 4.42-second 40 time and is the fastest player on the Bulldogs roster.
He rushed for over 1,000 yards last season with eight touchdowns and is easily one of the top players on the list talent-wise.
Good thing for him, he has plenty of speed to go along with that talent.
Missouri running back Henry Josey suffered through a season of injuries last year. Before he went down with a torn ACL, he was the fastest and most explosive player on the Missouri roster.
While it might take him some time to get back to that, his 4.49-second 40 time is still the fastest on the Tigers roster.
Josey has big-play ability every time he touches the ball.
When it comes to quarterbacks, Taylor Martinez is at the top of the list as far as speed is concerned.
He has a confirmed 4.32-second 40 time, which is easily the fastest on the Cornhuskers roster.
Last season, he proved he can do it not only with his legs but also with his arm. He could have a huge senior season in 2013 for the Cornhuskers.
Despite the fact that he is a hard-hitting safety, Tre Boston can sill pick them up and put them down.
He will be one of the best free safeties in the ACC this season and is also one of the fastest players in the league.
Burton has been clocked at 4.40 seconds in the 40 and is the fastest player on the Tar Heels this year with star running back Giovani Bernard leaving early for the NFL draft.
Bryan Underwood had a solid sophomore campaign in 2012, catching 44 passes for 620 yards and 10 scores.
He reached the end zone nearly one out of every four times he caught a pass. That is a phenomenal number. Underwood does it with his speed. His 40 time has been clocked at 4.32 seconds.
He averaged 14.1 yards a carry last season, but that number is almost certain to go up in 2013 with another year of experience under his belt.
Northwestern is typically not a team that is built on speed, but one player who can scamper away from opposing defenders is running back Venric Mark.
Mark outran just about everybody last season on his way to one of the best years of any running back in the Big Ten.
He has been clocked as low as 4.32 seconds in the 40. Expect another huge season from the senior running back in 2013.
With Notre Dame losing its top two running backs in Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick from last season's team, George Atkinson III will be counted on heavily this year.
He is certainly going to use his speed in a huge way this season. Atkinson III has 4.38-second 40 speed.
While it still might be a battle for playing time, Atkinson is going to be in the mix for the bulk of the carries at running back for the Fighting Irish.
When it comes to speed, few others have what Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby possesses.
He posted a 4.31-second 40 time a little over a year ago, per Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch. That makes him one of the fastest players in the nation.
Roby is not only one of the fastest players in the country, but he is also one of the top cornerbacks in the nation.
He will help anchor a talented Ohio State defense in 2013.
Oklahoma is never short on athletes, and this year will be no different. Even with players leaving early, there is still plenty coming back for the Sooners.
One of those athletes is speedy wide receiver Jalen Saunders. The Fresno State transfer has recorded a 40 time of 4.38 seconds, making him the fastest player on the Oklahoma roster.
With the speed he possess down the sideline, look for big plays and huge game-changing touchdowns out of this guy in 2013.
Oklahoma State is going to have one of the most explosive offenses in the country in 2013. On the defensive side of the ball, one of the players leading the way will be cornerback Justin Gilbert.
Gilbert is receiving competition from incoming freshman Ra'Shaad Samples, but when it comes to confirmed times, Gilbert still tops the list.
The senior has a 4.42-second 40 time. He also has plenty of talent to go along with that speed.
De'Anthony Thomas is certainly one of the most talked about players on the list. The speedy running back has a 4.24-second 40 time.
When it comes to breakaway speed and running away from defenders in the open field, this guy is at the top of the list.
Known as the "Black Mamba," Thomas will be the go-to guy on offense this season for Oregon. If he lives up to his enormous potential, he might be in the Heisman conversation by the end of the year.
Brandin Cooks is not only one of the fastest players in the Pac-12, but he is also one of the top wide receivers in the league as well.
No matter who the starting quarterback is this season for Oregon State, he will have a nice, speedy target in Cooks to throw the ball to.
He has been clocked at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Needless to say, he will be a huge threat downfield this season.
Akeel Lynch is a redshirt freshman who could see considerable action this coming season for the Nittany Lions.
He does not have a confirmed 40 time like a lot of other names on the list, but his 4.40-second number, per Mark Wogenrich of The Morning Call, is the best on the Penn State roster.
Lynch will prove over the next few years that he has the ability to run away from opposing defenders when he gets into the open field.
Pittsburgh always has its fair share of fast players. The 2013 team will have a pair of speedy cornerbacks.
Topping the list is Lafayette Pitts. Pitts has posted a 4.43-second 40 time, giving him a slight edge over fellow cornerback K'Waun Williams, who has a 4.45-second 40 time.
This is a guy who has a lot of upside. The sophomore could be vaulting up draft boards over the next few years.
This Purdue wide receiver is another player who is in the 4.50 range. He has a confirmed 4.53-second 40, making him the fastest player on the Boilermakers roster.
He is not only a threat on offense but also an excellent kick returner.
The Boilermakers are not blessed with a ton of speed, compared to the other teams on the list, but Raheem Mostert is at the top.
There is very little question that Miles Shuler is the fastest wide receiver in the new American Athletic Conference.
He has a confirmed 4.32-second 40 time, with a high of 4.49.
Shuler has not seen a lot of playing time at Rutgers, but with the speed he possesses, it is hard to imagine he will not get his shot in 2013.
SMU is another team that is not blessed with a great deal of speed. There are a number of different players to choose from, but topping the list is wide receiver Jeremy Johnson.
Johnson had a breakout season in 2012, catching 67 passes for 679 yards and three touchdowns. He will be counted on even more in 2013.
He possesses 4.49-second 40 speed. That is tops on a team that does not have a lot of speed.
Here is a highlight video from his high school days.
While some 40 times are certainly a little more confirmed than others, Damiere Byrd is one of those that is not.
Still, his 4.26-second 40 yard time at the Nike Football Combine, via Brian Stumpf of ESPN RISE, is something to take notice of.
Byrd just might be one of the fastest players in the entire country. The wide receiver has a chance to put up some big numbers this season. He could be one of the keys to the offensive attack for the Gamecocks.
Derrick Hopkins is entering his senior season at South Florida. The Bulls wide receiver has not posted huge numbers on the field, but he is extremely fast.
He has an unofficial 40 time of 4.32 seconds, per Scout.com. That makes him one of the fastest players in the American Athletic Conference. He has also won the Big East Championship in the 100 meters.
Look for him to continue to improve, with his speed being one of his biggest assets.
Stanford is always strong up front on the defensive side of the ball, but what helps to set the Cardinal apart is the speed in the secondary.
Perhaps the two fastest players on the roster are the two starting cornerbacks. Topping the list is Wayne Lyons.
Lyons has 4.38-second 40 speed and is the quickest player on the Stanford roster. He will be one of the anchors in the secondary and on the defense for the Cardinal in 2013.
Syracuse is another team with a lot of speed in its secondary. The Orange have two blazing fast corners, including Keon Lyn and Ri'Shard Anderson.
The fastest of those two is Anderson. He has been clocked at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Both of these corners will be severely tested in the ACC this season. Good thing for Syracuse is they have the ability to run with anybody.
This speedy TCU wide receiver has been timed in the 4.35 area, but he is only confirmed at 4.50, per KillerFrogs.com (subscription required). That time was in high school, and he has almost certainly improved on that this year. Still, that makes him the fastest player on the Horned Frogs.
Deante' Gray should continue to receive more playing time this season if he can continue to develop.
That might be a good thing for the Horned Frogs.
The speed for Temple can be found on the defensive side of the ball, more specifically the secondary.
Without question, the fastest player on the roster is cornerback Anthony Robey. Robey has been clocked as fast as 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per GridironStuds.com. That time was taken four years ago during his high school days and is not confirmed.
Still, it is convincing enough to make this junior the fastest player on the Temple roster in 2013.
Tennessee has a lot of starters to replace on both sides of the ball heading into the 2013 season. It is likely to be somewhat of a rebuilding year, but one player returning to help anchor the defense is cornerback Justin Coleman.
Coleman is as fast as they come, even by SEC standards. He has 4.38-second 40 speed and is the fastest player on the Vols roster.
Look for him to be latched onto the top wide receivers in the SEC all season long.
Wide receiver Daje Johnson is the fastest player on Texas, but he has close competition from cornerback Sheroid Evans.
Evans might be a tad faster when it comes to the longer distances, but Johnson holds the slight edge when it comes to 40 time.
He has not been confirmed, but a 4.32-second 40 time is extremely quick. Expect him to see more action in 2013.
Texas A&M has a lot of talented and quick players on its roster. Among the top on the list is running back Trey Williams.
He has been clocked as low as 4.35 seconds. Williams was the third-string running back last season but will see more action this year with Christine Michael having moved on. He is slated to be behind starter Ben Malena.
Look for some huge plays out of this guy in 2013.
Texas Tech is another team that is undergoing a lot of change this season. The Red Raiders are welcoming a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury and have to replace Seth Doege at the quarterback position.
One of the biggest targets will be ultra-fast wide receiver Jakeem Grant. He has a 40-time of 4.38 seconds. That is the best on the Red Raiders roster. At only 5'6", he is hard to bring down.
Last season as a freshman he caught 32 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. With another year of experience, those numbers will be even better in 2013 if he can say healthy.
Shaq Evans is the top receiver on the UCLA roster. Last season, he caught 60 passes for 877 yards and three touchdowns. This year, he will be counted on even more without running back Johnathan Franklin in the mix.
Evans is a blazer. He has 4.43-second 40 speed and can get downfield in a hurry. Last season, he averaged 14.6 yards a reception, one year after posting an average of 16.3.
If the Bruins are going to be successful, they are going to have to get excellent play from this star wideout.
The fastest player on USC is a tight two-person race between wide receivers Marqise Lee and George Farmer. The slight edge here goes to Farmer.
He has been timed as fast as 4.32 seconds.
The Trojans are not short on speed, but this guy is at cut above the rest, even on that roster.
Like a lot of other teams on the list, the speed for Utah is on the defensive side of the ball. Utah has plenty of speed in the secondary, in particular.
Without question, the fastest of the bunch is cornerback Keith McGill. McGill has an impressive 4.38-second 40 time.
The senior will be the anchor in the secondary and will help Utah try to get back to its winning ways after a 5-7 campaign in 2013.
Here is a highlight reel from his high school days.
Vanderbilt running back Brian Kimbrow is another player who does not have a confirmed 40 time. With that being said, he has posted some amazing numbers as far as speed is concerned.
He has reportedly been clocked as high as 4.24 in the 40-yard dash, per The Commercial Appeal (via GoVolsXtra.com). While that number may not be completely accurate, there is no questioning the speed of this kid.
Now, with Zac Stacy gone, he will likely get the bulk of the carries. Kimbrow will be one of the keys to the season for the Commodores.
Kevin Parks has seen a decent amount of action over the past two seasons for the Cavaliers. Last year, he rushed for 734 yards and five touchdowns on 160 carries. That came a year after totaling 709 yards and nine touchdowns on only 152 rushes.
This year, he will get the bulk of the carries, and with his combination of speed and elusiveness, he could have a huge season.
He is not as fast as some names on the list but does possess 4.40-second 40 speed. That makes this junior the fastest player on the Cavaliers roster in 2013.
Here is a video from the Miami game last season.
Even though it is not an official 40 time, there is little doubt who the fastest Virginia Tech Hokie is.
Sophomore wide receiver Demitri Knowles posted a 4.28-second 40-yard dash, per Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times, but it is hard to say if that is completely accurate.
Either way, he is the fastest player on the Hokies, and with a time like that, he has the speed to blow by almost any defensive back in the ACC this season.
This guy is an absolute speed demon who could be terrorizing the ACC over the next few seasons.
Wake Forest wide receiver Orville Reynolds did not see much action last year, but entering his junior campaign, his 4.31-second 40 speed, per GridironStuds.com, is going to start to pay off.
He came in as a running back, but it appears he is going to be getting a lot of action as a wide receiver. That might be a good thing for Wake Forest this season.
Here is a little sample of what he could do in high school.
Bishop Sankey might have had a better season than any other player on this list in 2012. He rushed for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns on 289 carries.
Expect more of the same this season, even with Jesse Callier back from injury.
Sankey has a 40-time of 4.40 seconds. That is nothing out of the ordinary but is still near the top of the list in the Pac-12 and puts him at the top of the list as far as the Huskies are concerned.
Rahmel Dockery is only a redshirt freshman, but he will be the fastest player on the Cougars defense and on the entire roster as well.
He is likely to be a second-string player but could make an impact in the years to come. He was clocked at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash coming out of high school, per the Kitsap Sun.
Dockery has a chance to develop into a solid return man as early as this season.
Here is some footage from Dockery back in 2010.
West Virginia is never short on speedy players. Last season, the Mountaineers had the likes of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Austin might have been the fastest player in the country in 2012.
This year, the man taking the reins is running back Andrew Buie. Buie has been clocked at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
While that is not nearly as fast as Austin was last season, Buie can still run with nearly anybody in the Big 12.
Closing out the list is the speedy running back from Wisconsin, James White.
Similar to Buie at West Virginia, White has 4.42-second 40 speed, making him one of the fastest running backs in the Big Ten.
He also has a wealth of skill to go along with that speed. Look for another huge season from White and the Wisconsin rushing attack in 2013.