Gone in 4.42 seconds

CLEMSON - To prove that he had the goods for pro football, all Coty Sensabaugh needed was a 40-yard stretch of open turf.

At last month's NFL Combine, the former Clemson cornerback showed NFL brass that he was one of the fastest incoming cornerbacks with a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds.

Though he was shy of his personal goal of 4.38, Sensabaugh was pleased with his time, which was fifth-best among all cornerbacks.

"I wanted to be the fastest," he toldCUTigers after the Clemson pro day. "That was my thing. I wanted to be the fastest. I was a little upset about that, but I did the best I could. I felt I put together a pretty good time. I was happy with it."

Measured at 5-foot-11, 189 pounds in Indianapolis, Ind., Sensabaugh was third among combine cornerbacks with a three-cone drill time of 6.60. His 37-inch vertical jump was fourth.

Coty Sensabaugh played more snaps than any Clemson defender in 2011.

"I was trying to be number one in everything," he said. "I was trying to go number one across the entire board. That's probably impossible. That's probably never happened. But I was gunning for it.

"I was pretty happy with it, because I put my all into my training. I was completely focused, so I was happy. I can live with the results, as long as I give my best."

Sensabaugh participated only in on-field drills at the Clemson pro day because of strong showing at the combine.

"I feel, for the most part, I did a good job," he said of the pro day workout. "I got a little tired. Mainly, I just need to work on my conditioning. I'm pretty happy with what I did today."

According to his nfl.com combine profile, "Sensabaugh is an athletic corner who was a late bloomer. Has shown the ability to cover top prospects in his senior year and is savvy around the ball. Is smooth when transitioning and can flip his hips well. Better at man than zone. Has shown the tackling ability to contribute on special teams."

Projected as a sixth-round pick, Sensabaugh doesn't read what any of the pre-draft prognosticators are saying.

"If I get into that, it'll drive me crazy. I can't control it. I'll I worry about is just coming out and trying to get better every day," he said.

A participant in the Players All Star Classic in Little Rock, Ark., Sensabaugh said he's interviewed with nearly every NFL team.

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