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Wolverines QB says he could beat Bolt in 40

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08:23 AM ET 08.13 | In the run-up to playing Alabama, Denard Robinson let his mind wander to another, far less tangible match-up with Usain Bolt. "I've watched him run, and I'm pretty sure I can beat him in a 40-yard dash," Robinson said at Michigan's media day on Sunday. "I'd get a better start, and I could take him. "At 60 yards, I'd be in trouble, and at 100 meters, he'd be gone, but I could get him in a 40." The idea for the race came from Devin Gardner, Robinson's backup and the Wolverines' newest weapon at wide receiver. Gardner was asked if the possibility existed of Robinson seeing some snaps at receiver with him at quarterback. "Denard could do that in a heartbeat -- he's the fastest man in the world," Gardner said.

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August 13, 2012  08:59 AM ET

ya right

August 13, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Its funny how so many dopes think they can beat the fastest man in the history of the planet.

Sincerely, Chris Johnson

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August 13, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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Better still, put Lightning Bolt and Shoelace in full pads and THEN time them in the 40.

+1

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August 13, 2012  09:50 AM ET

When a 240 lb LB is bearing down on you at full speed, and you are standing still, it brings a whole new meaning to the concept of "motivation to move".

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August 13, 2012  10:02 AM ET

He needs to worry less about Bolt's speed and more about the speed of Bama's defense.

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August 13, 2012  11:25 AM ET

At first I thought no way, but I agree somewhat with Denards line of thinking. From watching Bolt run, the start is not his strong point. It's the last half of the race where he seems to kick into another gear that nobody else has. First 40m/y, it's possible.

August 13, 2012  11:38 AM ET
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At first I thought no way, but I agree somewhat with Denards line of thinking. From watching Bolt run, the start is not his strong point. It's the last half of the race where he seems to kick into another gear that nobody else has. First 40m/y, it's possible.

Part of his slow start time is that he doesn't want to get disqualified.
Remember that he was disqualified from the 100 m at the World Champs in South Korea.
I'm guessing that he now knows he can afford a slow start (so as not to get DQed) and still overcome any runner in the last 50 meters.
In a race against one of these football players, he wouldn't have to worry about false starting.

 
August 13, 2012  11:49 AM ET

Id pay to see denard, chris johnson and bolt run in a three man 40 event.

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