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2013 NFL Combine: Sunday Notes

By DARYL RUITER, 92.3 The Fan Browns Beat Reporter
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Tavon Austin of West Virginia runs the 40-yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Tavon Austin of West Virginia runs the 40-yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS (92.3 The Fan) – If you like guys who can spin the wheels and burn rubber, Sunday was the day for you at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

A pair of Longhorns and Mountaineers flashed in the 40-yard dash Sunday morning.

Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin ran a blazing 4.27, West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin a 4.34 and Oklahoma’s Kenny Stills was clocked at 4.38.

Michigan receiver Denard Robinson ran a 4.43.

Goodwin and Austin were unofficially clocked at 4.25 before the “official” times were released.

Then came Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb.

He scorched the artificial surface at Lucas Oil Stadium with a blazing and eye popping run of 4.21 in the afternoon. The time was “unofficial” and the official time was 4.34 which is still incredibly fast.

“I want to be the fastest person to ever run at the combine, I think I can do it,” McCalebb told CBS Spots’ Jason La Canfora.

He fell short of shattering Titans running back Chris Johnson’s “official” time of 4.24 set in 2008.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was the fastest of all the QBs with a 4.56 time. With a solid day working the drills throwing the ball, he might have separated himself as the leader of the QB class as well.

- Image Change: LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is hoping to leave the ‘Honey Badger’ nickname behind. And with it all of the off the field problems he’s had with it.

Mathieu, who spoke Sunday of rehab and having a sponsor to help him overcome chemical dependency, is hoping to show teams not just that he still has it on the field – but that he’s a new man off of it.

“NFL teams know everything,” Mathieu said. “My best friend right now is honesty. I want to be as open as possible because I’m trying to rebuild my trust.

“I know what it’s like not to have football. I know what it’s like to not be the center of attention. I know what it’s like to be humiliated. To go back down that road? Not a chance in the world.”

Mathieu, who was kicked off LSU’s team by Les Miles and did not play last season following rehab and an arrest, said that he still has a close relationship with Miles and the coaching staff.

He woke up at 4 a.m. for a drug test Sunday morning and realizes that he cost himself “millions” with his off the field troubles.

“I hold myself accountable for everything I’ve done,” Mathieu said. “This past year has been tough, but at the end of the day I want them to know I’m a football player.

“It’s not that I’m asking them to trust me now. I’m just asking for them to give me an opportunity.”

- Rising Stock: Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said that Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead did the most this weekend to help his draft stock.

“From where he was coming out of the season from a mid to late round project from Arkansas-Pine Bluff to where he is now, I honestly don’t think he’ll get out of the second round,” Savage said. “He jumped out there and ran a 4.7 [Saturday], he’s over 300 lbs, he played well at the East-West [Shrine Game], he came to the Senior Bowl from there and performed well.”

Armstead set a new combine record in the 40 for offensive linemen with an “official” time of 4.71 seconds.

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