Despite little training because of a groin injury, TCU receiver Kolby Listenbee still sought to break the 40-yard dash record at the Scouting Combine.
Wearing his adizero 5-star 40 cleats, in hopes of cashing in on the $1 million prize offered by Adidas, Listenbee ran a 4.35 seconds. It was the second-fastest among his position group to Notre Dame’s Will Fuller, who ran a 4.32, but didn’t threaten Chris Johnson’s record 4.24 from 2008.
“That’s the reason why I ran so I could break the record,” Listenbee said Saturday. “I’m a competitor. I wanted to go out there and break the record. I didn’t, but I also still might have a chance to get a paid a little bit.”
Listenbee initially injured his groin early in the season against SMU on a touchdown pass when he landed on his tailbone. He rarely practiced after that, he said, taking a pain-killing injection to make it through games.
He then later strained his other groin, missing the Senior Bowl and most of his pre-combine training to rehab.
“I could definitely go 4.2, maybe 4.1 if I got a chance, if I’m 100 percent,” Listenbee said. “Right now, I’m hurt, and I’m still running a good time.”
Listenbee, who caught 30 passes for 597 yards and nine touchdowns last season, doubts he will run the 40 at TCU’s Pro Day on March 31.
“The 4.35 is a great number I already have, and then I already have a good 100 time (10.04),” Listenbee said. “I had the fastest 100 time in the nation [last year]. I feel like that should say enough for me not to run. It depends on how I feel. If I get 100 percent by then, I might run.”