Chris Johnsonís combine-record time in 40 safe Ö barely
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
|Marquise Goodwin, of the Texas Longhorns, runs up field during a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi. (AFP)
Three offensive skill-position players flirted with the NFL scouting combine’s record for the 40-yard dash. But their official times came up short.
In the morning, wide receivers Marquise Goodwin of Texas and Tavon Austin of West Virginia each ripped off unofficial times of 4.25 seconds in their first of two runs.
Goodwin finished the second run in 4.29 seconds, Austin in 4.31.
Official times aren’t announced until after all runners in a group are finished, and Goodwin’s time went into the books as 4.27 seconds, Austin’s as 4.34.
“The Godfather” of the NFL combine, former longtime Dallas Cowboys talent evaluator Gil Brandt, told me he long has hand-timed players’ 40-yard dashes the same way, for comparative purposes from year to year. He positions himself at the start line.
By his stopwatch, both wideouts had times under 4.2 seconds.
“I’ve hand-timed players’ 40s since 1976,” Brandt tweeted. “Marquise Goodwin, Tavon Austin were the first two I’ve timed under 4.2 seconds back-to-back.”
A couple hours later, Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb ran the 40 in unofficial times of 4.27 and 4.21 seconds – blistering fast. But McCalebb officially was clocked at 4.34.
So, running back Chris Johnson (now of the Tennessee Titans) still holds the combine record of 4.24 seconds, set in 2004.