Nittany Notes: Fast Times

The winter is not only a time to focus on strength, but also speed. The Nittany Lions recently tested their 40-yard dash times in their annual combine. See where the fastest Lions stand as spring practice quickly approaches for PSU.

The Nittany Lions are continuing their off-season conditioning in preparation for the kickoff of spring practice March 23. As part of this prep, the players participated in a series of combine-style events on Monday, emulating the NFL combine. Read on to find out what they did and who were among the fastest Lions.

This "combine" is an annual winter event that has the players participate in a series of events, not unlike the NFL Combine, including:

  • 40-yard dash (hand timed)
  • Vertical leap
  • Standing long jump
  • Shuttle run
  • 3-cone "L" drill

    Although the squad had not been tested in this manner in some time, it provided an opportunity to identify who were among the fastest on the team currently.

    Before we jump into the results from Monday, here is a review of who the fastest players were in the hand-timed 40-yard run last year, in March 2006:

    Butler in high gear.

    2006 Results

    Justin King: 4.34 seconds — "King is great off the line and has consistent acceleration. He has a very smooth motion."

    Knowledge Timmons: 4.37 seconds — "Knowledge is a track guy and has a better running technique than most of the guys. He runs with power and is fun to watch."

    Lydell Sargeant: 4.45 seconds — "Sarge is deceptive with his speed. He is quick and has a fluid stride."

    Anthony Scirrotto: 4.49 seconds — "I don't think many guys expected him to be in the realm of this group. He has speed a lot of folks overlook."

    Derrick Williams: 4.50 seconds — "He didn't have his best run. He is faster than that, but even his weaker runs are pretty impressive."

    In terms of Monday's results, here are several of the fastest on the squad. Keep in mind that these are hand-timed runs.

    2007 Results

    Deon Butler: 4.37 seconds - "Deon is sharp off the line and gets to his top speed quickly."

    Knowledge Timmons: 4.39 seconds - "He uses his whole body in his stride - it provides good power to help him build speed."

    A.J. Wallace: 4.40 seconds - "A.J. runs effortlessly and has excellent form."

    Lydell Sargeant: 4.46 seconds - "Gets off the line strong and is aggressive with his motion. He's not as smooth as Knowledge or A.J., but has solid speed.

    Anthony Scirrotto: 4.48 seconds - "He's consistent, but still surprises guys with his runs."

    Keep in mind that the times observers shared with was limited to specific players, so there may be other players not listed here who have speed within the range of this group.

    Side Notes:

  • Justin King, who held the top time in last year's PSU combine, did not run in Monday's combine. The exact reason is not clear, but it does not appear to be due to any physical issues.

  • Derrick Williams ran a 4.50 second 40-yard dash, the same time he posted a year ago. "He's getting some of his step back. Shedding the weight has been key."

  • Daryl Clark impressed onlookers by posting a 4.68 second time.

  • Former safety turned linebacker Sean Lee also turned some heads when he posted a 4.67 second 40 time.


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