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“Official” times take record away, but Wendall Williams still fast

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As it turns out, Wendall Williams isn’t Chris Johnson fast.

He’s just really, really fast.

The wide receiver from NAIA University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky created a bit of a stir when he ran a hand-timed 4.19-second 40-yard dash at the league’s regional combine in Minnesota Saturday.

According to the Associated Press, that became a 4.32 when the laser-timed “official” times were registered, which would be off Chris Johnson’s all-time Combine record of 4.24 seconds.

“I didn’t see the numbers, but I couldn’t believe them at first,” Williams said. “I thought I ran something good, but not that good. But then I saw the reaction from the other guys and realized it was pretty good.”

It was good enough to catch Johnson’s attention, as he breathed a sigh of relief on Twitter.

And now that he’s suddenly semi-famous, Williams is getting used to all the attention.

“I can’t even explain how many texts and phone calls I’ve gotten,” he said. “It’s been outrageous.”

Cumberlands coach Mark Rhymer said he wasn’t surprised by the times, and thinks the slight wide receiver would impress teams in workouts beyond his sprinting ability.

“Wendall has natural running abilities that are obvious by his track numbers alone,” Rhymer said. “That’s not all he has, though. He can run great routes, catch the ball and make people miss after catch.

“Wendall loves being an athlete, training and practicing every day to get better at his craft, I believe that will really help him in terms of playing on the next level.”

He’ll doubtless get more chances to prove himself now. The regional combine at the Vikings facility also included scouts from the Packers, Panthers and Chiefs, and now that word has gotten out about Williams, more teams will want to see for themselves just how fast he is.

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13 Responses to ““Official” times take record away, but Wendall Williams still fast”
  1. 49er33 says: Mar 7, 2016 7:35 AM

    “Hes so fast, he makes fast people look not so fast.”

  2. conormacleod says: Mar 7, 2016 8:14 AM

    At his size, I’m guessing 5th to 6th round, and a punt returner. There’s a spot for him in the nfl, but not at wr.

  3. jsher44 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:40 AM

    doesn’t take a genius to know a hand time of 4.19 would be a much higher official time

  4. sdspec says: Mar 7, 2016 8:42 AM

    Vikings already went and got a talented fast WR in Wallace. The only problem was that shortly after the snap, the receiver was more than 10 yards down field and the QB couldn’t hit him.

    Laces out

  5. bassplucker says: Mar 7, 2016 10:30 AM

    Kinda figured this would be coming. Hand timing is notoriously inaccurate and as other have noted, usually to the fast side.

  6. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 7, 2016 11:19 AM

    Somebody in Minnesota has an itchy trigger finger. A few years ago, a dude from Northern Iowa also made a splash with a ridiculous hand-timed 40 at the regional combine in Minnesota.

  7. fanofpft says: Mar 7, 2016 12:33 PM

    Cumberland farms remembers.

  8. nrns77 says: Mar 7, 2016 3:39 PM

    At his size, he had better be the fastest guy on the field. Because he is going to get crushed, regardless of his speed.

  9. localoutlaw says: Mar 7, 2016 4:10 PM

    He looks like Colin Kaepernick’s little brother…

  10. jgedgar70 says: Mar 7, 2016 4:40 PM

    It would be nice if the Panthers could take him late and hide him away until Ginn is finished. Great compliment to our big WRs Benjamin and Funchess.

  11. carpanfan95 says: Mar 7, 2016 7:24 PM

    I watched a hudl clip on him today and he had some great nuke moves at WR. Ran some killer net sweeps. He took a bard hit and bounced odd and stayed on his feet not only that on the same okay after the hit he changed veaes twice and rab another 39 yards for a TD.

    This kid can move. You put him and WR Daimer Byrd that Gettleman on the field together your looking at possibly the 2 fastest WR’s in the NFL.

    Seriosly Daimere Byrd runs 4.28 on grass which is .07 of second slower than on Turf. So Byrd on Turf runs a 4.21-40. I hope to see Byrd and possibly Williams working in Training camp.

  12. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Mar 7, 2016 11:11 PM

    Regardless of how fast he might be, he’s 5′ 10″ and 170 lbs.
    He plays ball for an NAIA college. I wish him the best of luck. Some team will sign him. I really hope he turns out to be one of those great rags to riches stories.

  13. darquarious says: Mar 8, 2016 10:52 AM

    Remember, Travis Benjamin in Cleveland is also a tiny thin brutha.
    And the brutha Trindon Holliday is only 5′ 6″ & he had a nice career as a returner.
    The brutha Darren Sproles also is 5′ 7″.

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