Te’o guarantees an improvement in 40-yard dash.
After a poor performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is extremely confident he can run faster in his 40-yard dash.
Te’o has another chance to impress the NFL teams looking to pick him in the April draft, when he takes part in his pro day at Notre Dame on March 26.
The 22-year-old disappointed in Indianapolis, running his 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds, but believes he will go quicker later this month.
“Obviously, faster than 4.8. We’ll see what happens,” he told Chicago Tribune reporter Brian Hamilton.
The league prospect made the headlines following his much publicised social media experience in which a relationship was revealed to be a hoax, but despite an encouraging media day where he answered questions confidently, he failed to entirely impress with his performances at the Combine.
Te’o revealed that the stress of the events in Indianapolis had an effect on him, but is focused on improving at his next shot on pro day.
“It’s difficult to balance things and to stay as focused on what you got to do. But for me, I’m glad that the Combine is done. I’ve finished that, and now I’m focused on more specific things like my 40.
“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,” he concluded.
According to Hamilton’s report, the college star said he has posted a 4.6 second dash regularly in training, and now he must back up his talk with a performance on the field – otherwise he could see a negative impact on his draft stock.