Henry Ruggs on his impressive 4.25 40-yard dash from Alabama's Junior Day: 'I feel like I can do better'
Henry Ruggs turned plenty of heads this spring when he busted out a 4.25 40-yard dash at Alabama’s Junior Day event but according to the Crimson Tide receiver, he can do better.
For reference, no player at the 2019 NFL Combine ran a 40-yard dash at that rate. The fastest player at the combine this year was Ole Miss defensive back Zedrick Woods, who ran a 4.29 40-yard dash.
The rising junior met with the media on Friday to discuss the first scrimmage of the team’s spring camp and the first question directed to Ruggs had to do with his impressive numbers from the Junior Day.
“I didn’t look for attention, they just told us to come up here and do that stuff and I just did what I had to do,” Ruggs said in a YouTube video posted by Alabama Football. “It just so happens I came out with those numbers and I actually was kind of upset after I ran because I didn’t feel like I had a good start but after they told me the numbers, I was like — I feel like I can do better.”
That’s got to be scary for SEC defensive backs to hear but doesn’t appear to be mere talk either based upon his performance last season. Due in part to the Crimson Tide’s depth at receiver, Ruggs may have only caught 46 passes but his average reception was for over 16 yards.
When opposing defenses lost sight of him, he made them pay dearly last season and based upon his response to his incredible 40 time, that’s likely only going to continue next fall.