Freaks Week: Ranking a Top 20 ‘Freaks’ in college football for ’14

Every offseason for a past decade I’ve gathered a ‘Freaks’ list dedicated to identifying a freakiest athletes in college football — fundamentally a man in a module who can wow his coaches and teammates.

This year, instead of usually a Top 20 list, we’re expanding to Freaks Week – 5 days of calm dedicated to a Freaks brand.

We start currently with a master list. Here are your Top 20 Freaks in college football for 2014.

(One caveat: I’ve kept it to guys who will be on a margin this deteriorate and who were in a module this spring.)

20. Akeem Daniels, RB, Northern Illinois Huskies

The Huskies’ best restraint tailback was missed final deteriorate while he dealt with a feet damage that compulsory surgery, though NIU coaches are vehement to have a power-packed 5-7, 192-pound Daniels back.

According to NIU Director of Sports Performance Brad Ohrt, Daniels true jumped 40.5 inches, broad-jumped 10 feet, 6 inches, and clocked a pro lively time of 3.90.

19. Kyle Friend, C, Temple Owls

The Owls have a integrate of outrageous guys who have combined a lot of hum inside a module with their athleticism.

Dion Dawkins, during 325 pounds, has showed his startling hops in a dunking contest, though it’s a 6-2, 300-pound Friend, who ran a 4.95 40 final week and has benched 225 pounds 40 times, who lands a mark on this year’s list. 

18. Jonathan Truman, LB, Kansas State Wildcats

Bill Snyder’s module has had utterly a knack for holding walk-ons and transforming them into standouts and Truman is a latest, fasten a likes of former K-State walk-ons Jordy Nelson, Jon McGraw and Rock Cartwright, among others.

Truman, a former state champion high propagandize wrestler who hopes to turn a firefighter after his football career is over, has emerged as an All-Big 12 claimant interjection to his bravery as pound-for-pound a strongest actor on a K-State team. At 5-11 and 215 pounds, he can dais press 430, hunker 535 and purify 400. On a field, Truman was second on a organisation in tackles final deteriorate with 89, including 13 opposite OU.

17. Maurice Falls, LB, East Carolina Pirates

At 6-3 and 247, Falls has good distance for a Pirates’ 3-4 intrigue to go with superb speed (he clocked a 4.47 40) and explosiveness (36-inch vertical). Falls also has a 425-pound dais and 645-pound behind squat.

16. Jamil Douglas, OT, Arizona State Sun Devils

A former high propagandize parsimonious end, who weighed 260 pounds as a beginner 4 years ago, Douglas has blossomed into a standout for a Sun Devils and will turn a three-year starter this fall. Now, during 6-4 and 301 pounds, he energy cleans 385 pounds, squats 565 and has a physique fat dimensions in a teens, according to ASU coaches.

15. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville Cardinals

Charlie Strong upgraded a athleticism opposite a house during U of L and Parker is a good instance of that. The 6-3, 208-pound wideout, who held 55 passes for 885 yards and 12 TDs final year, was timed during 4.39 in a 40 and extended jumped 10-feet, 10-inches to go with his extensive operation (80-inch wingspan).

Parker’s pro lively time was 4.10 and he has benched 225 pounds 17 times, that is also glorious for a receiver.

14. Broderick Snoddy, RB, Georgia Tech

The 5-9, 190-pound youth incited utterly a double on Mar 29. Earlier in a day he spent dual hours on a football margin holding partial in Tech’s initial struggle of a spring. He is creation a pierce from B-back (fullback) to A-back (slotback) this offseason.

Later in a afternoon, he assimilated a Yellow Jacket lane organisation and sprinted his approach to a 10.28 100 scale time and a 20.70 200 time. In a indoor lane season, Snoddy pennyless a propagandize record in a 60. Snoddy is a former Georgia state high propagandize 100-meter champ. Tech QB Justin Thomas is a former Alabama state 100-meter prep king. When a dual raced a year ago, Snoddy blew his teammate away:

13. Bo Antunovic, OT, Southern Methodist Mustangs

A few years ago, Jun Jones struck bullion with a former general shot and discus thrower-turned-lineman from Estonia named Margus Hunt, who in 2010 surfaced a Freaks list before eventually streamer to a NFL with Combine numbers that mirrored his college coaches’ claims. Now, Jones has another intriguing awaiting in a Serbian former three-time all-American in lane during UT-Arlington.

“I trust in dual years, he’ll get drafted by a NFL as an descent lineman,” Jones told me. “In 15 days this spring, he showed us he has a possibility to start for us (in 2014). He’s a healthy in a pass restraint part. I’m unequivocally vehement about him. He’s a many implausible contestant on a team.

“He’s a improved contestant than Margus. He’s some-more bomb than Margus and he’s stronger. He was about 270. Now he’s about 285, though he’ll be 300. He has a shot to start.” Antunovic benched 425 pounds, energy spotless 405, true jumped 32 inches and ran a 4.86 40 in open testing.

12. Chucky Hunter, DT, TCU Horned Frogs

Gary Patterson always has some timber D-linemen and Hunter, a two-time second-team All-Big 12 selection, is an anchor of what sum to be one of a nation’s tip defensive fronts.

Hunter’s weight room numbers: a 520-pound bench, a 460-pound purify and a 750-squat for dual reps.

11. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State Bulldogs

A former high propagandize QB, McKinney has morphed into a star SEC linebacker, pier adult 173 tackles a past dual seasons.

Now measuring in during an commanding 6-5, 250, he still has a wheels to go sideline to sideline, clocking a 4.5 40. McKinney’s true detonate also is 34 inches.

10. Raheem Mostert, RB-KR, Purdue Boilermakers

The Boilers went to Florida to partisan a Big Ten’s fastest football player.

The 5-11, 190-pound comparison won a conference’s 60-meter and 200-meter indoor titles, as good as a outward 100 and 200.

9. Shane Ray, DE, Missouri Tigers

The Tigers had one of a best D-lines in a republic final year with bookend pass-rushing studs, though they didn’t have anyone nearby as quick as a 245-pound Ray, who long-time strength manager Pat Ivey pronounced is one of a many bomb athletes he’s ever been around, that is a organisation surfaced by NFL star Justin Smith.

Ray has clocked a 4.44 in a 40, true jumps over 40 inches, extended jumps over 10 feet and dais presses over 400 pounds. Now, a large plea for him is if he can assistance make adult for a detriment of Michael Sam and Kony Ealy.

8. Nate Terhune, NT, Kent State Golden Flashes

Every year we get a few unequivocally singular “metrics” creation a box for a man to consequence a mark on a Freaks list. Terhune positively fits in that category. Kent coaches contend a biggest thing that creates them soap-box about a nose tackle is flexibility, that positively didn’t harm his extraordinary rehabilitative ability.  The 6-4, 265-pound Terhune cracked his fibula down by his ankle on Sept. 14. Exactly 4 weeks later, he was behind in movement during Ball State. The subsequent month, he hurdled over a defender on a 61-yard feign punt touchdown that went viral.

“Nate Terhune ran a 4.33-second Pro Agility (20-yard convey test) and his coherence numbers are off a charts — we do a sit-and-reach and hip and groin measurements,” pronounced Kent strength and conditioning manager Antoine Sharp. To yield a small some-more context on a Pro Agility time: Patriots LB Jamie Collins, one of a freakiest athletes we’ve seen in a past decade, clocked a 4.32 during a Combine dual years ago and LSU’s Keke Mingo timed a 4.39.

“We sum adult all of a 3 numbers for a sum score, and on normal guys that play his position are routinely in a low 20′s (the reduce a measure a better), that is OK,” Sharp said. “But Terhune’s coherence measure was a 6.5, that is off a charts and a usually position organisation to be tighten to him are a kickers. His well-developed flexibility and work ethic are a reasons since he was so volatile and returned so quick from that injury. If he was not as flexible as he is, there is no approach he would have been means to make that well-developed burst play.”

7. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldog star has a talent to make a run during a Heisman. At 6-1, 232, he is huge, though this is also a man who competed for a Dawgs’ lane organisation as a hurdler progressing on in his career. He also won a 2011 World Youth Trials in a 110 hurdles with a personal best 13.88 and was fifth in a 100.

This fall, Gurley is going to get some foe in a using behind room in a Freaks difficulty from UGA newcomer Nick Chubb, another huge, quick behind with lane cred.

6. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor Bears

The Bears have turn a go-to for a annual Freaks list as is their quotable coaches, Art Briles and strength manager Kaz Kazadi (“Hand times are for ya mama.”) Baylor has some intriguing candidates: 6-8 D-lineman Shawn Oakman verticals 34 inches and runs like a wideout; 225-pound wideout Antwan Goodley runs 4.39 and squats 660; sophomore DT Andrew Billings energy cleans 400 and, in high school, broke WWE star Mark Henry’s 22-year-old Texas prep state accommodate record with a 2,010-pound bid (805 squat, 500 bench, 705 passed lift) in 2012.

But we’re going with a Bears’ Heisman candidate. The bumbling Petty has linebacker’s distance (6-3, 238) and a tailback’s detonate and athleticism. He true jumps 38 inches, extended jumps 10-feet, 5.5-inches, squats 510 pounds and runs a 4.62 40. Over a weekend, Petty supposing even some-more explanation of his Freak merits to anyone around a Elite 11 stay in Oregon. Part of a array of hurdles run by Team RWB, a organisation of Special Forces and career troops men, Petty was a steer to see toting complicated sandbags adult a mountain back-and-forth for over a half-hour straight.

When Petty arrived in Waco, he weighed 214 pounds, had a 31-inch true and clocked in a high 4.8s. Kazadi pronounced his examination numbers, notwithstanding being utterly a bit bigger, opposition a good RGIII in roughly each examination area and some of his weight work. “If we wanted him to go to 250 and make him a defensive finish so he was chasing quarterbacks, he could do it,” pronounced Kazadi. “If we wanted to make him that old-school, over-the-tight finish outward linebacker, he could do it. If we wanted to make him a parsimonious end, he could simply do it. He can do all that.”

5. Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE, Kentucky Wildcats

One of a best things about Wildcat football is this 6-3, 267-pound hybrid LB-DE who done 61 tackles and 9.5 TFLs final season. Dupree, who has true jumped 40.5 inches and broad-jumped 11 feet, should light adult a NFL Combine.

UK sports opening manager Erik Korem, who came from FSU, pronounced Dupree’s speed was clocked during 21 miles per hour on their GPS system.

4. Mike Orakpo, LB, Texas State Bobcats

Brian Orakpo was a No. 1 man on a 2008 Freaks list for, among other things, benching 514 pounds and true jumping 42 inches. His child hermit Mike’s athleticism — in a somewhat smaller support — is equally eye-popping. The younger Orakpo, during 6-2 and 233 pounds, benches usually about 100 pounds some-more than twice his physique weight (560) and slip benches 500 along with a 375-pound energy clean, according to TSU coaches. He also has true jumped 41.5 inches and been timed during 4.53 in a 40.

New TXST defensive coordinator John Thompson, who has spent 3 decades in college football including stints during many of a biggest SEC programs, pronounced Orakpo’s singular multiple of strength and lively reminded him some of Alabama good Derrick Thomas (Thompson was a linebackers manager during Bama when a Hall of Famer played for a Tide.) “This is a man who can play in pass coverage and also we could play during 5-Technique contra a 300-pounder and he can get his hands inside him,” pronounced Thompson. “Derrick Thomas was one of a few guys who I’d ever been around who could do that, though Mike can too. He’s so remarkable and so clever and usually has unusual leverage.”

In 2013, Orakpo had 10 TFLs and 4.5 sacks, though this tumble Thompson skeleton on personification him during inside linebacker, that he feels is some-more of a healthy purpose for him.

3. Devon Allen, WR, Oregon Ducks

No organisation plays faster than a Ducks in that mad complement of theirs, and this tumble they’ll get to brew in their newest burner. No one can doubt a Arizona’s local speed cred. Allen’s jets are lane certified. The 6-0, 190-pound redshirt beginner was usually named USA Track and Field’s Athlete of a Week for his feat opposite a margin installed with veteran sprinters in a 110 hurdles during a USA Track Field Championships.

His time was a wind-aided 13.16, that kick fortifying US champ Ryan Wilson and David Oliver, a reigning universe champ. Allen won a NCAA 110 hurdles pretension final month.

2. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa Hawkeyes

The latest in Kirk Ferentz’s superb tube of chosen O-linemen, Scherff is a 6-5, 325-pound left tackle with an supernatural knack for excelling in flattering most all he attempts. According to Hawkeyes staff, Iowa began heavily recruiting Scherff when he was a 280-pound quarterback. He also, notwithstanding his huge size, was a standout pitcher who threw in a mid-80s and had a nasty violation ball; a basketball player, who averaged a double-double; and a varsity letter-winning tennis player, in further to being a state champion shot putter. But Scherff isn’t usually one of those singular athletes who has a inventiveness to surpass during all he does — he also has a freak-wiring in his genes as well.

Chris Doyle, Iowa’s strength manager a past 16 seasons, has worked with everybody from Hawkeye first-round linemen Robert Gallery and Bryan Bulaga to three-time All-Pro Marshal Yanda. “In terms of pristine explosiveness, (Scherff) is a best we’ve ever had,” Doyle said. “He’s in a joining of his own.” That unequivocally is a mouthful, when we cruise that Gallery ran in a 4.8s during a mix and true jumped 30 inches notwithstanding weighing 323 pounds before apropos a second altogether collect in 2004.

A year ago, Scherff hang-cleaned 410 pounds 3 times:

He recently surfaced that by hang-cleaning 437 pounds for dual reps, and he’s come tighten to a third, Doyle said.

He can Jerk 400 pounds over his head, true detonate 31 or 32 inches and run his initial 10 yards in 1.58 to 1.60 seconds, according to a coach. (For comparison’s consequence on a 10-yard split, Auburn star Greg Robinson clocked a 1.68 during a NFL Combine while Michigan’s Taylor Lewan –an aged Freaks list man — timed his in 1.64, and he ran a fastest 40 among O-linemen in Indy strictly during 4.87.)

“He’s usually super absolute in his hips and reduce body,” pronounced Doyle, who combined that Scherff has packaged on 10 some-more pounds this offseason, now adult to 325. “He’s intensely means genetically, and he’s such a good child to work with since he’s as rival as any child you’ll ever be around and he’s intensely positive.”

1. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn Tigers

Last fall, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder valid to be one of a best big-play threats in college football. Coates was third in a republic in yards per locate (21.5) and averaged a whopping 54 yards per TD grab. Overall, Coates held 42 passes for 902 yards and 7 touchdowns. Anyone who watched a Tigers’ diversion opposite Texas AM final deteriorate witnessed some of Coates’ beast strength when he rag-dolled an Aggie DB (h/t thewareaglereader.com):

Coates’ speed and explosiveness became something of an Internet fable dual months ago when one of a Tigers partner coaches tweeted out cinema of a stopwatch for RB Corey Grant display a 4.14 time and Coates was 4.16. Those times pull copiousness of doubt when we cruise that they’re a full tenth of a second faster than anything posted strictly during a NFL Combine this year (Kent State’s Dri Archer blazed a 4.26). Still, on a organisation installed with timber athletes, Coates does mount out, says Tigers strength manager Ryan Russell. 

Asked about Coates’ 40-time, Russell pronounced they use palm times (which are mostly faster than electronic times) and they clocked him 8 times, forsaken out a top and lowest and pronounced he was during 4.25. Coates’ true jump: 44 inches. He benches 405 pounds. Maybe even some-more impressively, Russell said, a wideout did 3 despotic chin-up reps notwithstanding have 3 45-pound plates strapped to a weight belt around his waist. “He’s usually a stud,” pronounced Russell. “He unequivocally has a ton of God-given ability.”

Bruce Feldman is a comparison college football contributor and columnist for FOXSports.com and Fox Sports 1. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB.

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