Speed Kills: Manziel Wrecks Oklahoma, Breaks Records; A&M Routs Sooners in Cotton Bowl

Add Oklahoma to the teams that do not believe Johnny Manziel when he says he probably runs a 4.5 or 4.6 40-yard dash. He may join Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks to break the list of the fastest 40 players to be legitimate NFL and FBS football players, and when he beat the Oklahoma defense with a 34-yard touchdown pass, the Cotton Bowl was over at 41-13. He finished with 287 yards on 34 passes (8.4 yards per attempt) to add to his 229 yards on 17 rushes (13.5 yards per carry). Manziel broke the Cotton Bowl record for most total yards. He also broke former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer’s record for most total yards in a season by a Heisman winner. 

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Rank Name Time College Team Position Year
? Johnny Manziel ? Texas A&M Quarterback 2012
1 Bo Jackson 4.12 Auburn Running back 1986
2 Michael Bennett 4.13 Wisconsin Running back 2000
3 Alexander Wright 4.14 Auburn Wide receiver 1989
4 Darrell Green 4.15 Texas A&M Cornerback 1982
5 Ahman Green 4.17 Nebraska Running back 1997
6 Joey Galloway 4.18 Ohio St. Wide receiver 1994
7 Deion Sanders 4.21 Florida St. Cornerback 1989
8 Kevin Curtis 4.21 Utah St. Wide receiver 2002
9 Donte Stallworth 4.22 Tennessee Wide receiver 2001
10 Willie Parker 4.23 UNC Running back 2003
11 Chris Johnson 4.24 East Carolina Running back 2006
12 Taylor Mays 4.24 USC Safety 2009
13 Ike Taylor 4.25 Louisiana-Lafayette Cornerback 2002
14 Michael Vick 4.25 Virginia Tech Quarterback 2000
15 Randy Moss 4.25 Marshall Wide receiver 1997
16 Sam Shields 4.25 Miami Cornerback 2010
17 Jeffrey Demps 4.26 Florida Running back 2007
18 Darren McFadden 4.27 Arkansas Running back 2007
19 Devin Hester 4.27 Miami Wide receiver 2005
20 Jacoby Ford 4.27 Clemson Wide receiver 2008
21 James Jett 4.27 West Virginia Wide receiver 1992
22 Stanford Routt 4.27 Houston Cornerback 2003
23 Trindon Holliday 4.27 LSU Wide receiver 2008
24 Champ Bailey 4.28 Georgia Cornerback 1997
25 DeMarcus Van Dyke 4.28 Miami Cornerback 2009
26 Kevin Williams 4.28 Miami Wide receiver 1992
27 Raghib Ismail 4.28 Notre Dame Wide receiver 1990
28 Rod Woodson 4.28 Purdue Defensive Back 1986
29 Fabian Washington 4.29 Nebraska Cornerback 2003
30 Gaston Green 4.29 UCLA Running back 1987
31 Josh Robinson 4.29 Central Florida Cornerback 2010
32 Laveranues Coles 4.29 Florida St. Wide receiver 1999
33 Darrent Williams 4.3 Oklahoma St. Cornerback 2003
34 Darrius Heyward-Bey 4.3 Maryland Wide receiver 2007
35 Tye Hill 4.3 Clemson Cornerback 2004
36 Yamon Figurs 4.3 Kansas St. Wide receiver 2005
37 Robert Griffin III 4.34 Baylor Quarterback 2011
38 Marquise Goodwin 4.34 Texas Wide receiver 2012
39 Corey Brown 4.37 Ohio St. Wide receiver 2012

Rumors have placed him as fast as a 4.2, but many at least believe he will join Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III as the only quarterbacks to ever break the fastest 40 players of all time.

Breitbart News compiled the list of the fastest 40 NFL/FBS players by reviewing NFL combine results and other third-party reports.

This club is almost exclusively composed of wide receivers, the corner backs that cover them, and small running backs. The two biggest players have mixed results. 

Taylor Mays, the 230-pound safety and former USC standout (Mays is a now a third-string safety for the Cincinnati Bengals) was No. 12. But 230-pound Bo Jackson, the Auburn legend, still reigns as the fastest football player ever. 

Once in a while, one of the speedsters can throw the football as well. Michael Vick is the 14th fastest player ever, and he transformed the game by making teams draft smaller defensive players for years. Cam Newton dominated college with size and 4.59 speed, but that is not quite quick enough to make this list.

And now there is Johnny Manziel. Like the wide receiver who runs in 2nd gear to fool opponents before exploding, Manziel tells reporters he probably runs a “4.5 or 4.6 40,” but conveniently is waiting to have himself clocked until he finishes running past defenders who run 4.4 40s. 

In the Clinton war room in 1992, James Carville reminded his team that “speed kills your opponent.” This is just as true on the football field.


Speed Kills: Manziel Wrecks Oklahoma, Breaks Records; A&M Routs Sooners in Cotton Bowl

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