It’s that time of year for us to name the fastest Texas football players on the roster ahead of the upcoming college football season. Texas boasts one of the faster teams in the Big 12 this year thanks to having so many track stars playing on each side of the ball and signing a 2022 class with some insane flat-out speed in the mix.
Second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian named who he felt were some of the fastest players on the team a couple of months ago. And that could provide some insight into who the fastest players on this team are.
But we’re mostly going back to some recorded track times dating back to each player’s high school days. Any recorded track times in the last few years with the Longhorns are also a factor included in this list, from whatever data we have available in this regard.
Who cracks the list of the fastest Texas football players in 2022?
Last but not least, we’re also considering any blazing open field speed that can be seen on the gridiron. That is a limiting factor here due to the uncertainty surrounding open-field speed compared to track speed. In-game speed can’t really be measured, but it is used as more of a tiebreaker on this list.
With all of this in mind, here’s a look at the four fastest Longhorns players of 2022.
4. Kitan Crawford, DB
As one of the inclusions on the list last year among the fastest Longhorns players on the team, rising redshirt sophomore defensive back Kitan Crawford has also cracked the top four in 2022. We didn’t specifically rank out the four fastest players for the Longhorns last offseason, though, so this is where there is a bit of a shakeup for Crawford.
Texas will have an insane amount of speed in the defensive backfield this fall between the lightning-fast duo of super-senior cornerback D’Shawn Jamison and the converted safety Crawford.
But Crawford does manage to crack the list ahead of Jamison thanks to his raw track speed. Crawford was also recorded running a slightly better 40-yard dash time back in high school compared to Jamison. He was reportedly clocked in at a flat 4.40-second 40-yard dash time during his days at John Tyler High School.
Crawford has also clocked in running multiple 100-meter dash times around 10.5-10.6 seconds before his days in high school were over.
That is more than enough speed for Crawford to at least get consideration on this list. But his multiple instances of clocking in one of the fastest times for both the 100-meter dash and 40-yard dash allows him to get the edge over other honorable mentions here such as former Alabama wide receiver Agiye Hall and Jamison.