A member of Penn State’s football team reportedly runs a 40-yard dash under 4.3. It probably isn’t a player many outside of Nittany Lions diehards are very aware of.
Safety Drew Hartlaub is a walk-on out of Hanover, Penn. entering his redshirt sophomore season in blue and white.
Last year, he appeared in 10 games for Penn State, playing as the gunner on the punt unit. He was the Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year and recorded three tackles on the season.
Penn State coaches compliment his hustle and hard work on special teams, but most wouldn’t peg him as one of the fastest players in all of FBS.
And yet, according to the team’s numbers, he is exactly that.
Drew Hartlaub reportedly runs a 4.25 40-yard dash, making him the fastest player on Penn State’s football roster.
From the York Daily Record:
Hartlaub, a redshirt sophomore this fall, owns the top 40-yard time on the team at 4.25 seconds.
That’s faster than receiver KJ Hamler, who outran the Ohio State defense on a 90-yard touchdown and is on the verge of becoming a national star.
Faster than tailback Journey Brown, who won back-to-back PIAA 100 meter sprint titles — and broke Olympian Leroy Burrell’s high school record.
Faster than receiver Dan Chisena, who ran a leg on Penn State’s school-record 400 meter relay team.
He’s faster, they say, than anyone on the team.
Which, unofficially, makes him one of the fastest football players in America.
Now, those who follow the NFL Draft combine know that guys who reportedly run those types of times don’t generally translate directly when the official numbers come out. Per the officially NFL numbers, just 14 players have broken a 4.3 at the Combine, topped by John Ross’ 4.22 in 2017.
Still, even if you only add .05 seconds, that gives Drew Hartlaub truly elite speed that doesn’t come around too often, and could make him a real weapon on special teams.