published Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

UTC’s Skrine has unofficial 4.29 40 at NFL combine

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    Former Chattanooga Mocs defensive back Buster Skrine runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Unofficially, former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine ran a very fast 40-yard dash at the NFL combine Tuesday in Indianapolis. Officially, Skrine’s best 40 time was mediocre, but he burned up the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium in several other events.

In his first attempt, the two-time All-Southern Conference player was hand-clocked by the NFL Network with an unofficial time of 4.29 seconds.

He stumbled a bit on his second run but still finished, unofficially, in 4.36.

“I told every scout that came in here that he was going to run fast,” Mocs coach Russ Huesman. “I’m not surprised.”

Speedy Skrine in Indy

Former UTC cornerback Buster Skrine had a strong showing at the NFL combine Tuesday. Despite some confusion over his 40-yard dash time, he still was among the best runners.

Event - Time

40-yard dash 4.48 (unofficially 4.29)

3-cone drill 6.44

20-yard shuttle 3.90

60-yard shuttle 10.75

Later, however, the official results were released, based on electronic timing, and Skrine’s fastest time was a pedestrian 4.48 by his standards.

Based on the reactions of the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders, who raved about what he saw, and numerous NFL writers on Twitter, Skrine’s unofficial times seemed legitimate.

Skrine officially had the fastest time in the 60-yard shuttle run and was second-fastest in the 20-yard shuttle and the 3-cone drill. He also did 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press Monday, not bad for a player that was measured at 5-9 1/2 and 186 pounds.

The Mocs will conduct their Pro Day on March 23, and Skrine’s running at the combine could attract a lot more scouts than normal. Before the combine, many analysts projected Skrine as a late-round pick.

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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