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Football conference with fastest players might come as a surprise

Baylor wide receiver KD Cannon ranks as one of the fastest players in college football.
Baylor wide receiver KD Cannon ranks as one of the fastest players in college football. rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

Ask most college football fans to name the conference with fastest players and the majority of responses are almost certain to be the SEC.

But according to this list compiled by College Football 24/7’s Chase Goodbread, the SEC has nothing on the Pac-12. In fact, no conference does. The Pac-12 landed six players on this 16-member list including the top four.

The top two, Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen and Southern Cal cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, will compete in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials.

The Big 12, a conference that boasts some magnificent receivers playing in spread offenses, managed just two players on the list, Texas sophomore receiver John Burt and Baylor receiver KD Cannon.

Burt ranked No. 12 and Cannon No. 5.

Here’s what Goodbread had to say about Burt, a burgeoning track star at Texas:

“Burt qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 110-meter hurdles event earlier this month, one of only two freshmen to do so. He ran a 14.32 there, but had a 13.91 time to finish as the runner-up in the Big 12 meet. In the fall, Burt showed plenty of promise as a young wide receiver for the Longhorns, starting every game and leading the team in receiving yards (457) and yards per catch (16.3).”

Here’s Goodbread’s take on Cannon:

“Cannon didn't run on the Baylor track team in 2016, but the previous year, he clocked a 10.58 100 meters at the Big 12 Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 4x100 relay, as well, where his relay team clocked a 39.80. On the football field, Cannon wasted no time establishing himself as one of the Big 12's most prolific deep threats as a freshman in 2014. He's averaged 17.6 yards per catch for his career.”

TCU is not represented on the list, however former Horned Frogs receiver and return specialist Cameron Echols-Luper is on the list. Cameron-Echols transferred to Arkansas State and sat out last season. As a sophomore at TCU, he recorded a 6.89-second 60-meter dash time and a 20.39 in the 200 meters.

As for the other conferences represented on the list, the SEC has three players and the Big Ten and ACC also each have two.

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