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VOTE: Fastest on the field: Rutgers Football

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Speed kills, more so when wearing pads in an actual game.

Texas Bowl: Rutgers v Kansas State
I didn’t know Kansas State ever caught Tim Brown in the bowl game.
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With the Belmont coming up this week, our minds were on speed yet again at OTB.

So this Wednesday’s vote is about who was the fastest guy on the field. Bo Melton was a 100 meter champion, but that’s not the first Scarlet Knight I heard that about (Mason Robinson). Bo might not even be the fastest on the team, Charles Snorweah and Raheem Blackshear come to mind. Plus, there have been some great RU players that never got caught, but others that did, I’m looking at you Paul James and Ray Rice.

One of my favorite comments which I often reference was when someone commented on an article in 2016 after Grant went down, how much cr** football did Grant and Carroo cover up over the years? Well, the movie that made me think of was “Blues Brothers” because without the two dynamic receivers, we really might have been singing the blues from 2013-2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium.

So before you read ahead ...

Janarion Grant. Yea, Gus Edwards never got caught but was he faster than Grant, one of the best dancers on the team?

Leonte Carroo’s return in 2015 inspired something like this. And how many touchdowns did he have?

Khaseem Greene. Though his 40 time wasn’t great and yes he was a linebacker since he wasn’t “fast” enough for safety, did anyone explode like him around the gridiron?

Jason McCourty. Having run a better 40 yard dash than his All-Pro brother (and their triumphant return), Jason has to be in the conversation.

Tim Brown. In an emotional game for him and his opponent, it was if he was on a mission from God as time wore down and the impossible happened. Some of our esteemed readers/panelists may clamor for Tiquan Underwood on this list, but Brown was faster.

Willie Foster. Though he never made his mark as a receiver, this dude was insanely fast as a return man. Foster was teammates with Joe Porter (the DB not the Steelers ‘backer who played with Darnell Stapleton) but Willie had to be faster, right? This is probably the conversation before he took it to the house in a night game.

Nate Jones. Silencing the good ole boys is something he did on kickoff at Tennessee.

Nate Colon: the true dark horse of this group. He specialized in chasing people down and at times felt like every play. The number of times you saw ole #4 coming out of nowhere would be captured a lot more in the twitter era.

Eric Young, Sr. Though he and his son, fellow Major League baseball alum can argue who was faster on the diamond, papa was a pretty good football player at RU. He was a speedy receiver and return man in the mid 1980s.

J.J. Jennings. The dude has power, but he had some speed, too. Dude could fly.

Bill Austin. Though we don’t have much footage and the same decade this manufacturer released the rocket engine in his honor of course, he did finish the runner up in Heisman voting.

Homer Hazel. Legend has it that he once kicked off and recovered the return man’s muff for a touchdown. Sounds like some good pursuit! Hazel also did the job on offense, elected to the Hall of Fame as a halfback/guard in the inaugural class.

Who did we miss? Go vote!

Poll

In pads on a field of play, what Knight was fastest?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Janarion
    (55 votes)
  • 1%
    Carroo
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Khaseem
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    McCourty, Jason McCourty
    (1 vote)
  • 51%
    Tim Brown
    (87 votes)
  • 2%
    Willie "runs like Mays" Foster
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Nate Jones
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Colon
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    EY Sr.
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Austin baby!
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    J.J. Jennings
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Homer Hazel.
    (4 votes)
168 votes total Vote Now