Florida's speed turning into touchdowns

November, 12, 2008
11/12/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The self-proclaimed fastest team in America might also be the best team in America.

Florida, which has averaged 48.6 points during its five-game winning streak, boasts 12 players who can run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds or faster, and seven of those guys are on offense.

"When you have that kind of speed around you, it makes everything easier," Florida quarterback Tim Tebow said.

The Gators will put that speed on display this Saturday against a South Carolina team ranked third nationally in total defense.

Joe Person of The State newspaper in Columbia came up with a telling graphic this week illustrating just how well the Gators have utilized their speed this season. Of the 51 touchdowns they've scored, 31 have been by the 12 players with 4.4 speed or better.

Those 12 players are: cornerback Markihe Anderson, running back Jeffery Demps, cornerback Joe Haden, receiver Percy Harvin, running back/return specialist Brandon James, running back Kestahn Moore, safety Dorian Munroe, receiver Louis Murphy, cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis, running back Chris Rainey, receiver Deonte Thompson and safety Justin Williams.

Of course, the next question becomes: Who's the fastest?

Demps, who ran a 10.01 in the 100 meters earlier this year at the U.S. Olympic Trials, answers that question this way: "Everybody has their own opinion, but I know who I think it is."

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