The New Speed King

I had a sneaky feeling I should’ve waited until the NCAA Championships to make up my list of college football’s fastest players!

Because, lo and behold, LSU’s Trindon Holliday has officially moved atop the chart after running a 10.00 in the 100 meters in the preliminaries of the annual collegiate title meet on Wednesday.

Not only is he officially the fastest player this year, but also the fastest in the history of college football.  And I wouldn’t be shocked if he goes under 10 seconds in one of the remaining rounds at the title meet.  (Note:  Please don’t tell me some other player is faster because he ran a good 40 time once.  If one of those guys tried to race Holliday, his hamstring would snap trying to keep up.)

Also, Clemson’s Jacoby Ford ran a 10.01 in his prelim, meaning he is tied with Florida’s Jeff Demps for second among football players in the 100m, both on the current list and all-time.  His teammate C. J. Spiller advanced past his round with a time of 10.30.

The only (minor) caveat I would make regarding these times is that the meet is taking place at the University of Arkansas, which has a reputation for having a really fast track. 

Anyway, congrats to the new speed king!


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One Response to The New Speed King

  1. Roby June 10, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    They could have run on that treadmill at the airport and they would still be fast. What’s especially impressive about Holliday’s time is that he has such a short stride.