College Football’s Fastest Players of Week 1 Include Bucky Irving and Smoke Harris

    Which players put on the most impressive athletic displays during Week 1? College Football's fastest players include some big-name athletes across the country.

    College Football’s fastest players dominate the coverage as much as they speed by the rest of the players on the field. These 10 fastest players from the week are highlighted among their peers as putting up some of the most athletic displays from an athlete we’ve seen all year long.

    College Football’s Fastest Players: Week 1

    Courtesy of our friends at Reel Analytics, the fastest ball carriers are tracked from every game across the country. To find out more about RA and how they track their data, find them below:

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    Honorable Mention

    • Dylan Edwards, RB, Colorado – 20.5 mph
    • Tyrone Tracy Jr., RB, Purdue – 20.5 mph
    • Bucky Irving, RB, Oregon – 20.4 mph
    • Lorenzo Lingard, RB, Akron – 20.0 mph
    • Deion Burks, WR, Purdue – 19.9 mph
    • RJ Harvey, RB, UCF – 19.6 mph

    10) Jaydn Ott, RB, Cal: 20.6 mph

    What a display it was on the ground for Cal and Jaydn Ott. Going the distance, Ott impressively got up to 20.6 mph in the process of his great day against North Texas.

    9) Victor Rosa, RB, UConn: 20.8 mph

    If last season’s dominant display wasn’t enough, Victor Rosa showed off his speed when he hit 20.8 mph against NC State. Using Rosa’s speed, the Huskies gave NC State all they could handle.

    8) Hunter Smith, RB, UL-Monroe: 21.0 mph

    There’s no defense for the kind of speed that Hunter Smith showcased against Army. Taking a carry directly up the middle, no defender could quite grab onto Smith as he hit 21.0 mph with some impressive acceleration.

    T6) Abraham Williams, CB, Weber State: 21.1 mph

    If you weren’t watching Abraham Williams and Weber State, then you missed out. Williams hit 21.1 mph on this kickoff return touchdown against Central Washington, a blazing speed that saw him split the entire coverage unit.

    T6) Blake Corum, RB, Michigan: 21.1 mph

    Blake Corum has it all. Literally. Corum topped out at 21.1 mph on this run against ECU, showcasing he has elite speed.

    5) Chrishon McCray, WR, Kent State: 21.2 mph

    Though it happened to be one of the only highlights of the night, the future is bright for Chrishon McCray. On a slant over the middle, McCray hit 21.2 mph against UCF.

    4) Dylan Edwards, RB, Colorado: 21.4 mph

    What a debut performance it was for the Colorado Buffaloes and what a game it was for Dylan Edwards. On this reception out of the backfield, Edwards hit 21.4 mph and sped past the entire TCU defense.

    T1) Smoke Harris, WR, Louisiana Tech: 21.8 mph

    There’s no catching Smoke Harris in the open field. A simple slant route became a long touchdown when Harris hit 21.8 mph against FIU.

    T1) Barion Brown, WR, Kentucky: 21.8 mph

    Barion Brown is fast, we all knew this. But now, after his kickoff return touchdown that all but iced the game against Ball State, we know he’s 21.8 mph fast.

    T1) Bucky Irving, RB, Oregon: 21.8 mph

    Bucky Irving kicked off his 2023 campaign with a bang. He skirted through the Portland State defense and topped out at 21.8 mph on this 52-yard touchdown run.

    Find where these speeds rank among the fastest players of the 2023 season here.

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