WTKA/Sam Webb: Funchess is fastest player on team

Submitted by Bodogblog on June 23rd, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Haterz commence the hating.  Per a snippet of an interview that will be used for the 2014 preview magazine of the The Wolverine, Funchess himself said he has currently been timed as the fastest player on the team.  Measured in at 6'4" (and I believe he said 3/4, but wasn't clear... and don't know how to write six-four-and-three-quarter inches numerically), 235 lbs., hand timed at 4.33.  The hand-timing was done by the coaches, I believe Wellman, though that was implied and not explicitly stated. 

Raymon Taylor is the second fastest.  He said something like "Jay-Lu" was the third, which actually sounded like Jayru on the audio.  My assumption is that was Jourdan Lewis, but could have that totally wrong.

Sam intimated that Dennis Norfleet - to those who this news may cause to haz a sad - is likely the fastest in a 20-yard window. 

Bonus WR coach tweet:

Told u. Keep it coming, the negativity, the doubting!! Because within the walls of Schembechler WE BELIEVE!! #gunslingers



June 23rd, 2014 at 11:26 AM ^

Everyone is missing the point.

4.33 doesn't matter, hand timed doesn't matter.

The fact that he's faster than everyone else on the team despite 6'4 235lbs is the point. In other words, he is a match-up nightmare for defensive backs and linebackers alike.


June 23rd, 2014 at 11:37 AM ^

A hand timed 40 should never be talked about. It's silly. And does nothing but spark criticism.

Almost every high school, college, and even some middle schools have some sort of access and capability of laser timing these 40s.

It's 2014. I can't believe that every high school prospect isn't gaged on his laser timed 40. Not to mention, college players.

If Funchess is in fact that fast, take it to the track. Then come out and say he ran what he ran.


June 23rd, 2014 at 12:02 PM ^

To me, the laser-timing can be kind of a crap-shoot as well... the clock starts at first movement, not at a gun or anything like that.

In my heyday, there was a system that had you put your thumb on a button and the clock started when you released it. The whole 40-time obsession is so overrated. How fast a guy is in full pads can be different from how fast he is in a singlet. Denard's 40 was rather underwhelming for how fast he seemed on the field.



June 23rd, 2014 at 12:06 PM ^

Yes, I definitely agree that 40 times are way over-hyped.  Like you said - some guys are faster on the field than they 40 time suggests, and others are slower.  And it completely ignores agility and it's not like guys run a perfectly straight 40 very often on the field.  

That said, all things being equal, you'd like your players to have the fastest 40 as possible.  


June 23rd, 2014 at 11:39 AM ^

For those talking about dropped passes, I believe Funchess is well aware of this.  When he talked with Sam he discussed being "the guy" on this team, and the fact that he's never really been that before.  He's been the guy behind the guy.  Or the guy to the side of him, or hovering around or above or below the guy.  Even in high school, Burbridge was the primary target.  Obviously last year it was Gallon.  He recognizes the need to step it up.


June 23rd, 2014 at 11:41 AM ^

is not accurate how can anyone say he was faster than everyone else?


At the best they can say his inaccurate time is faster than everyone ele's inaccurate time.




June 23rd, 2014 at 11:48 AM ^

If Funchess can get rid of his occasional 'dropsies', he's going to be a 1st rounder. His combo of size and athleticism will have people drooling over him at the combine


June 23rd, 2014 at 12:02 PM ^

Only at MGoBlog can something good/exciting come out about the team and have so many people compaining about it or claiming it's not true.  We are a weird fanbase.  


June 23rd, 2014 at 12:09 PM ^

but there was an ancient technique to determine a faster player that don't involve fancy new-fangled things like lasers or stopwatches. It was called a simple "race." I can't say for sure, but I imagine they happen pretty often at or after practices. 




June 23rd, 2014 at 1:39 PM ^

First one player will try to be faster, then another, and another. Pretty soon it will be like an arms race, with every player trying to be the fastest. With all the arguing we will be doing as the intellectuals remind us that hand-timing is inaccurate, and players combine times will rely on luck, we'll miss the football season. Sam Webb will have to leave town, every phone call will sound like Phil.

Space Coyote

June 23rd, 2014 at 12:20 PM ^

Combine results (or Pro-day on his jumps)

Height: 6'4.625"

Weight: 231 lbs

40: 4.56

Vert: 38.5"

Broad: 10'3"

Those numbers seem both realistic and pretty ideal for a guy like Funchess. If he gets the consistency with his hands down, he canbe an All-American type WR in college just as Mike Williams was.

FWIW, Mike Williams stats were

2002: 81 Rec, 1265 Yards, 14 TDs

2003: 95 Rec, 1314 Yards, 16 TDs


June 23rd, 2014 at 12:57 PM ^

Whether it's to push the other fast players on the team to run harder next time or to give Funch more confidence and make him try to hold the team title of "fastest 40" I don't care, but I like it. I'm geeked to see what an entire season of playing WR will do for Funch's all aound game.   

O S Who

June 23rd, 2014 at 1:39 PM ^

comparing hand timed 40s to hand timed 40s does not prove who is fastest on the team.  if they all line up and race, then you will see who the fastest is.

but - at least it shows funchess is ONE of the fastest on the team, and for how big he is that is very good for us if it translates onto the field.

if only he could catch the ball :*(

Avon Barksdale

June 23rd, 2014 at 1:43 PM ^

From what I've seen, Funch is not a 4.3 guy. Then again, he's really big so he covers a lot of ground but looks not as fast doing it. Something tells me that Jabrill Peppers will ultimately be the fastest player on the team, but I do wonder what Dymonte Thomas runs. He always appeared super quick on film.


June 23rd, 2014 at 3:42 PM ^

MGoThread since the season ended.    Is Funchess the fastest kid on the team?  Probably not, but he was a TE last year.  One would think speed would be the biggest hindrance to his conversion to pure WR. Evidently not a problem.  Funchess is fast (and is big and can jump and will hopefully start catching).  Speed is good in football.


June 24th, 2014 at 7:15 AM ^

someone explain the 40 times thing to me because i never paid attention to it. do they run multiple times and then find the average of their run's? or is it just the single fastest time?