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Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden holds up the trophy after their 33-21 win over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl NCAA college football game, on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, in Jacksonville, Fla.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

 
Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher surprised not only his team, but himself when he clocked a sub-four-second 40 time in practice Wednesday.

 

 


The Fastest Seminole is…Coach Fisher?!?!

In college football, speed kills. Coaches spend countless hours following the fastest athletes around the country. Get a couple of lightning fast kids to line up at wide receiver, and start counting the wins.

That’s why Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher wants to see his receivers excel in the 40-yard dash. Fisher wasn’t pleased with the results in the early part of Spring Practice.

“Too many 4.5, 4.6 times,” Fisher said. “We need those numbers down in the 4.4 range. I know they’re capable of that.”

So, how to inspire the troops?

In an effort to get the most out of his young pass catchers, Fisher tried incentives. Clock in at under 4.4 and sit out the extra drill session at the end of practice. It didn’t work, and the coach’s frustration grew.

“Finally he just said ‘Enough of this! I’ll do it myself,'” Offensive Coordinator James Coley said. “I laughed at him and told him to get back to the sidelines. He wasn’t listening.”

It turns out the 44-year old Fisher is in pretty good shape. He gets to the gym by 5:00 a.m. each morning and sports the finest workout equipment, including his brand new shoes – Nike Airs. Fisher didn’t expect to whoop his Seminoles players so badly, but after he took his spot at the goal line, got set for a sprint and heard Coley’s whistle blow, Fisher would reach the 40-yard line in 3.96 seconds.

That’s an FSU record, and maybe a college football record.

“At first I thought my stopwatch was broken,” Coley said, “but we had another coach clocking Jimbo and he recorded the same exact time that I had. 3.96, are you serious? How did he do that?”

Said Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops: “I don’t think my guys can cover Coach Fisher. We had no idea he was that fast. A 44-year-old running that time, it’s pretty amazing.”

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