Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher surprised not only his team, but himself when he clocked a 4.39-second 40 time in practice Wednesday.
The Fastest Seminole is…Coach Fisher?!?!
April 1, 2010
By Joe Farris
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – 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 and 4.6 times,” Fisher said. “We need those numbers down in the 4.4 range. I know these guys are 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! This is a joke. 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. An avid runner, Fisher lined up yesterday – sporting FSU sweats, Nike Air Max running shoes and even his whistle – and whooped his Seminoles players. Fisher finished his 40 in an unbelievable 4.39 seconds.
“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. 4.39, 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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