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TCU’s Derius Davis is fastest ball carrier, even among NFL

TCU’s Derius Davis is fastest ball carrier, even among NFL
Oct 22, 2022; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Derius Davis runs for a touchdown after catching a pass against the Kansas State Wildcats in the first quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

FORT WORTH, Texas (BVM) – TCU wide receiver Derius Davis appears to be the fastest in college football and he’s recording top speeds that surpass even the fastest NFL ball carriers. 

Earlier in the college football season, Davis went viral when he reached 23.47 mph for an 80-yard touchdown against SMU. NFL star Antonio Brown even caught wind of the video and acknowledged Davis’ speed – shown below.

Data compiled by Next Generation Stats shows that the fastest verified speed in the NFL this season is 22.09 mph – which was recorded by Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker in Week 7 on a 74-yard rushing touchdown. 

But, Davis is in his own group as the only football player in the country to have passed the 23-mph marker for both college football and NFL times this season. Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs has the next fastest verified speed in college football at 22.8 mph. 

Davis, who stands at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, is a fifth-year senior. On Saturday, against Kansas State, he had another top performance when he hauled in a 65-yard receiving touchdown with a top speed of 22.7 mph. 

In seven games this season, he has 22 receptions for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns. He’s averaging 13.1 yards per catch and he’s also passed the 1,000-yard mark for his career at TCU. Thanks in large part to Davis, TCU is 7-0 this season and the Horned Frogs are the only undefeated team in the Big 12. 

Notably, from last season with the Horned Frogs, Davis accumulated 473 kick return yards which included a 100-yard kick return. 

It’s no surprise why he’s called Derius “Danger” Davis. From being named the Louisiana high school state champion in the 200-meter to recording a 40-yard time of 4.29 – Davis may be a very dangerous rookie in the NFL next year.