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OSU football: On track and turf, Tyreek Hill's speed is the real deal

Kevin Peterson considers himself fast, which fits, considering he’s one of the Big 12’s rising stars at cornerback.
by John Helsley Published: April 13, 2014

Kevin Peterson considers himself fast, which fits, considering he’s one of the Big 12’s rising stars at cornerback.

Still, some races aren’t worth running, even for Peterson.

So it was one spring practice, when he crashed into the backfield on a blitz and saw Tyreek Hill take a handoff.

“It was an option,” Peterson said. “I had the quarterback, and I saw Tyreek take off up the middle. I turned around to start running and it was like, ‘Ah, no, he’s gone. I can see it.’”

Now you see him...

We’ve heard about Hill’s already legendary speed.

How he broke OSU’s 60-meter dash record twice, with his first two meet runs as a Cowboy track team member. He finished second in the 60 at the Big 12 Indoor Championships and won the 200. As a high school track standout in Georgia, he ran the 200 in 20.14 — the second fastest prep mark... ever. And for more perspective, that time would have been enough to place sixth that year at the 2012 London Olympics.

His 10.19 in the 100 matched the fastest time in the country his senior year. He won state titles in the 100, 200 and long jump.

All that is on record, as well as Hill’s teasing Twitter handle: @ImFasterThanYa.

But how fast — and effective — is Hill on the football field?

As Peterson and others attest, plenty fast.

“He’s good,” Peterson said. “He’s going to be really good for us next season. I’ve seen it firsthand on the field.”

This isn’t the case of a track athlete trying to transition to football. Hill is a football player first.

Cowboys receiver Blake Webb has witnessed Hill’s burst on track and turf.

“I don’t know how else to say it,” said Webb, who also ran sprints with the track squad. “He’s got Olympic speed.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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