Among the many events the Oklahoma Sooners football program has included in this weekend’s spring football game festivities is a footrace between wide receiver Marquise Brown and some poor OU students who will, more likely than not, get mercilessly destroyed.
“Hollywood” Brown is so fast the race has a built in Mike Stoops-style 10-yard cushion for the student in an effort to make the race a bit more dramatic. While this race will probably be as entertaining as watching professional boxer fight a professional mixed martial artist in its build, I’ve thought of five other folks I’d rather see race one of the fastest Sooners to ever don the jersey than some woebegone soul who thought it would be fun to get torched by Oklahoma’s best receiver.
Brooks was a running back at Oklahoma who, not unlike Rodney Anderson, fought back from a horrific injury to regain his world-class speed. He’s a former Texas 3A state champ in the 100-meter dash. And while he eventually retired from football due to concussions and didn’t have the best Pro Day performance in the 40-yard dash (4.59) he reportedly dropped 40 times in the 4.3 and 4.4 range in previous training camps. He still probably has enough straight-line speed to run with Brown.
Ross, another former OU running back, threw down a 10.81-second 100-meter dash, finishing third in a race for the Oklahoma 6A state title. While a Sooner, he was cited as one of the fastest, if not the fastest, football player on campus. And proved it. In 2014, he was a first team All-Big 12 selection as a kick returner and was a threat to run one back every time he touched the ball.
Just don’t ask him to shake a linebacker. Or a safety. As a matter of fact, just don’t hit the B button at all. But in a straight line? With 50 yards to cover? He could very well outrun Brown, and it would not be a shock.
This is the race I’d pay spring football game ticket money to see. Former wide receiver Jeff Badet threw down eye-popping 4.27 40-yard dash at Oklahoma’s Pro Day last month. That time was ahead of the best finishers at this year’s NFL Combine. Brooks, Ross and Badet all returned kicks for the Sooners during their careers.
But Badet could probably smoke them all. He’s fresh. He’s in the best shape he’ll likely ever be, and he’s probably the only person in the world Brown is scared to race. Probably.
Yes, that Adrian Peterson. AD is the best running back in Oklahoma Sooners history—fight me—and the one player most would agree should’ve won a Heisman trophy who didn’t. The way I see it? AD is gonna be coaching the game in some capacity anyway, and he’s still in shape. And he can still run. And who wouldn’t want to see AD trounce a young’un for old times’ sake? I think this is a natural fit for a spring game event that is beginning to feel more like a big top circus—in a good way—than any to come before it.
Barry Allen, A.K.A. The Flash
Plot twist: This time it’s Hollywood Brown who gets the 10-yard cushion. Let’s see you pick them up and put them down, Brown.
In a 50-yard dash including Hollywood Brown, AD, Jeff Badet, Alex Ross, Daniel Brooks and The Flash, who you got?! What’s the order of finish? Let us know — and maybe exclude The Flash.