Manti Te’o says he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds in training for the NFL Scouting Combine and plans to do much better when Notre Dame’s pro day rolls around March 26.
Te’o ran 4.82 seconds on Monday in Indianapolis and while the 40-yard dash is just a small part of the equation for NFL teams in their evaluation, it didn’t help Te’o.
“I think the 40 time measures what the 40 time is supposed to measure,” Te'o said on Friday at a Maxwell Football Club news conference in Atlantic City, N.J., according to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune. “I think that’s something that I’m going to get better. The only way from here is up, so I’m definitely going to get better at that. I think, as far as play, I think what’s on the film, that’s the play. Obviously, I can get faster in my 40.”
Te’o blamed stress from the whirlwind process at the combine for contributing to his poor time.
“It’s difficult to balance things and to stay as focused on what you got to do,” Te'o said. “But for me, I’m glad that the combine is done. I’ve finished that and now I’m focused more on specific things like my 40 and I don’t have to worry so much about other things. It’s difficult. I’m not going to say it’s easy because it’s hard, but it’s definitely something you can work through.”
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