There is a bit of a surprise among the rundown of the five fastest Penn State football players, as judged by their winter 40-yard dash times.
Running back and workout warrior Saquon Barkley is at the top of the list with a 4.388, followed by receiver Saeed Blacknall (4.393), safety Troy Apke (4.413) and receiver Brandon Polk (4.430). All were known for their outstanding speed coming into the program.
Rounding out the top five is redshirt sophomore safety Koa Farmer. Yes, the same Koa Farmer who spent part of last off-season playing linebacker and the same Koa Farmer who was pushing 230 pounds over the winter.
And yet Farmer clocked a 4.438 in March, just a fraction off the personal best of 4.42 he set in the winter of 2015.
“It’s a very good competition,” Farmer said. “Saquon got us this year. But everyone’s fast. As you can see, we have a lot of fast dudes on the team. It’s all in the start, that’s what we always say.”
After seeing mostly special teams action last season, Farmer hopes to start seeing more time as a defensive back this fall. He was a backup safety in the spring and wrapped up drills by making six tackles in the Blue-White Game.
Hear what Farmer has to say about his spring and where he needs to improve this summer. Also, head coach James Franklin chimes in on Farmer.