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Who are the fastest and strongest Utes? Here are some combine-style numbers

The only things that matter are wins and losses, right?

Try telling that to Oregon’s DeAnthony Thomas, who won more than his share in three years with the Ducks and established himself as one of the most exciting college players in recent history.

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After he ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, his highlight reel lost its luster. Thomas wound up falling to the fourth round before Kansas City finally showed mercy.

On the contrary, Utah’s Reggie Dunn had comparatively paltry college stats, but he continues to receive a chance to show he can play in the league (signing with Arizona), and you have to think that has something to do with the eye-popping 4.24 he ran at Utah’s 2013 Pro Day.

So with that in mind, The Tribune asked for the Combine-type numbers from Utah’s tests, and the Utes were kind enough to oblige us with top performers.

The 40 times are from spring, and all other numbers are from summer. Of course, some players — speedster Kaelin Clay, for instance — did not arrive until fall camp.

40-yard dash

1. Sophomore WR Delshawn McClellon, 4.37 seconds

2. RS freshman RB Troy McCormick, 4.38

3. Senior CB Eric Rowe, 4.39

4. RS freshman RB Dre’Vian Young, 4.41

Vertical jump

1. McCormick, 41 inches

2. Freshman S Marcus Williams, 40

T-3. Rowe, 37.5

T-3. Senior WR Dres Anderson, 37.5

T-3. Junior QB Jason Thompson, 37.5

Broad jump

1. M. Williams, 10 feet, 8.5 inches

2. Anderson, 10’7.5

3. J. Thompson, 10.7


1. McClellon, 3.94 seconds

2. Senior CB Wykie Freeman, 3.99

T-3. Rowe, 4.00

T-3. Sophomore CB Justin Thomas, 4.00

T-3. Anderson, 4.00

T-3. Junior RB Bubba Poole, 4.00


1. Junior DT Daniel Nielson, 705 pounds

2. Junior DT Viliseni Fauonuku, 675

3. Sophomore G Nick Nowakowski, 655

Max bench

1. Sophomore DT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, 465 pounds

2. Junior DT Clint Shepard, 450

3. Sophomore DE Hunter Dimick, 435

Bench, 225 pound reps

1. Shepard, 40 reps

2. Tu’ikolovatu, 38

T-3. Dimick, 33

T-3. Nielson, 33

— Matthew Piper


Twitter: @matthew_piper

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