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    Samaje Perine 40-Yard Dash Time At NFL Combine

    Samaje Perine's 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, as the former Oklahoma Sooners running back looks to increase his draft stock.

    March 3, 2017

    Samaje Perine’s 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, as the former Oklahoma Sooners running back looks to increase his draft stock.


    It feels like just yesterday that a little-known true freshman named Samaje Perine was gashing the Kansas Jayhawks for 427 yards on 34 carries en route to an NCAA single-game record. Though he already had a pair of 200-plus yard games under his belt by that time, it was the record-setting day that firmly planted Perine’s name on the forefront of all college football fans’ minds.

    Spin forward and three years later Perine is headed for the NFL Draft. He leaves as, statistically, the best Oklahoma running back of all time – having broken Billy Sims rushing record of 4,023 yards in his career finale against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. With a resume that boasts 4,434 yards of total offense (4,122 of them rushing) and 51 total touchdowns, Perine is an intriguing commodity while at the NFL Combine.

    Though he isn’t mentioned in the upper echelon of backs alongside Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, Perine is still the leading rusher in the history of one of the game’s great programs. He also ended his career with a robust six yards per carry average. And then there’s the 30 reps he threw up on the bench on Thursday at the NFL Combine. Suffice to say that scouts are taking notice.

    On Friday, Perine sought to work the NFL Combine to his benefit even more by posting an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.66.

    Perine’s NFL Draft stock will come into focus more clearly after scouts get a closer look at Oklahoma’s pro day.

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