Shields Ran a 4.26, Fastest on Team

Sophomore wide receiver Sam Shields ran a 4.26 in the 40-yard dash during spring testing, the fastest on the team.

Sam Shields is hoping to improve his strength after his first year at Miami.

"In the summer I really have to work on being physical and get in the weight room," said Shields, who is in the first week of the summer conditioning program.

Shields stands 6'1" and weighed in at 175 pounds this spring.

In addition to running a 4.26 in the 40-yard dash, he did well in the weight room.

His squat lift was 365 pounds, good for more than twice his body weight, which is what you like to see from a player.

His power clean was 242 and bench press was 265.

"He has been blessed with some speed and now he is able to be faster as he gets stronger relative to his own body weight," strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey said.

Under Swasey's guidance in his program, players will see gradual improvements each year and players really start to see a difference in their third year with the program.

"When kids are coming in it is not a year process," Swasey said. "It is a constant process with the kids to develop in the program."

Shields was productive in spring practices and is working on using his strength to separate better off of the line of scrimmage.

Shields caught 37 passes for 501 yards and four touchdowns last season as a true freshman.

The 6-foot receiver from Sarasota is hoping to have a bigger year this year as Miami looks to be more successful on offense under offensive coordinator Patrick Nix.

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