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Published: June 10, 2015 at 11:59 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2015 at 12:21 p.m.

15 for '15: College football's most freakish athletes

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CFB 24/7's "15 for '15" series continues with a look at 15 "freakish athletes." Truthfully, there are 100s of college football players who fit that designation, and each team has at least one guy who wows you with his physical gifts. We chose 15 who most intrigue us with those gifts. A lot of them are household names; others basically are known only in their households. But each has marvelous physical gifts.

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  • 15. Kyle Friend, C, Temple 15

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    15. Kyle Friend, C, Temple

    Particulars: 6-2, 305, senior
    Skinny: The squatty Friend is one of the best centers in the nation. He is exceptionally strong -- 43 reps in the bench press at 225 pounds -- and also possesses surprising quickness -- 4.95 in the 40. Friend, who has started 33 consecutive games, was a high school wrestler in Pennsylvania and knows all about angles and leverage.

  • 14. Shane Williams-Rhodes, WR, Boise State 14

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    14. Shane Williams-Rhodes, WR, Boise State

    Particulars: 5-6, 168, senior
    Skinny: He was clocked at 4.46 seconds in the 40 this spring, and his vertical jump was measured at 37 inches. He also squatted 500 pounds for a set of three reps. In short, don't make fun of him being small -- he's too fast to run away from and strong enough to do something about it when he catches you. Williams-Rhodes has 170 career catches, which is third-most among active players.

  • 13. Ronnie Moore, WR, Bowling Green 13

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    13. Ronnie Moore, WR, Bowling Green

    Particulars: 5-9, 168, junior
    Skinny: As with Williams-Rhodes, Moore is another smallish guy whose strength numbers wow you. He can bench-press 315 pounds, squat 505 pounds and hang clean 240 pounds. Moore doesn't have elite speed -- he runs in the high 4.4s -- but he has excellent quickness and can stop and start on a dime.

  • 12. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh 12

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    12. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

    Particulars: 6-2, 190, junior
    Skinny: New coach Pat Narduzzi says Boyd is fast, fluid, smooth and a really good player. That sort of covers it. Boyd should be one of the nation's best receivers this season, although he's been suspended for the season opener. As good as he has been and will be, part of you also wonders what kind of numbers he would put up in a spread attack at a school such as Baylor or TCU. Boyd's size is impressive, and he runs in the low 4.4s. As for his leaping ability, watch a Pitt game and you'll see him go high to snag a pass. He also played baseball and basketball in high school in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

  • 11. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA 11

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    11. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

    Particulars: 6-1, 232, junior
    Skinny: Jack made a big splash as a true freshman in 2012, starting at linebacker and also seeing important time at tailback. He didn't play nearly as much on offense last season, but he certainly has the capability. Doing double-duty is nothing new: He played both ways in high school and also was on the track and basketball teams. He generally runs in the 4.5s in the 40, and in high school in the Seattle area, he ran for state-champion relay teams in the 4x100 and 4x400. UCLA coach Jim Mora told ESPN.com that Julius Peppers and Michael Vick were the best athletes he had coached and that "Myles is at their level as an athlete."

  • 10. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State 10

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    10. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

    Particulars: 6-6, 275, junior
    Skinny: He's a freak and a great player. Bosa, who has been suspended from the season opener, led the Big Ten and was fourth nationally with 13.5 sacks. Unlike a lot of big sack guys, though, who get their sacks through sheer speed, Bosa's power and strength are notable. He benched as much as 440 pounds and squatted 500 while in high school -- and he also runs in the 4.7s in the 40. And he doesn't mind showing off his athleticism, either, with standing back flips.

  • 9. KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame 9

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    9. KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame

    Particulars: 5-11, 190, junior
    Skinny: Russell missed last season because of an academic suspension, but he should be one of the nation's top corners this fall. Russell has shutdown-corner ability. He has been clocked as fast as 4.34 seconds in the 40, while his broad jump has been measured at more than 11 feet and his vertical jump at 40 inches. In 2012, Russell became the only true freshman in Notre Dame history to start a season opener at cornerback.

  • 8. Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers 8

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    8. Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers

    Particulars: 6-6, 235, sophomore
    Skinny: Turay (58) played just one season of varsity football in high school and still is raw; he also played basketball and competed in track (a state-ranked triple jumper and long jumper) in high school in New Jersey. Rutgers coaches saw him in a football camp before his senior year of high school and he flashed his enormous athleticism to the point that he was offered a scholarship. That fall, in his only season of varsity football, he had 19 sacks and signed with the Scarlet Knights. He began to flash last season as a redshirt freshman, leading the Scarlet Knights with 7.5 sacks (tied for third in the Big Ten) and finishing third on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss. He also had three blocked kicks. He runs the 40 in the 4.6s and has a vertical jump reputed to be around 40 inches and a broad jump of a bit more than 10 feet. Turay was born in Ghana and moved to the United States with his parents when he was 3.

  • 7. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss 7

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    7. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

    Particulars: 6-4, 296, junior
    Skinny: Nkemdiche -- who is from the Atlanta area -- was the consensus No. 1 player nationally in the 2013 recruiting class, in part because of his freakish athletic ability. Nothing has changed in that regard. Nkemdiche is a big man who moves quite well, and he has been clocked as fast as 4.7 seconds in the 40 at Ole Miss. Nkemdiche, who has just 10 percent body fat, also has a 34-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He is able to bench press 400 pounds, squat 500 pounds and power clean 376 pounds.

  • 6. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M 6

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    6. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

    Particulars: 6-5, 255, sophomore
    Skinny: Garrett, who is from the Dallas area, was a consensus top-three player nationally in the 2014 recruiting class, and he began to live up to the immense hype last fall. He was second in the SEC and tied for 10th nationally with 11.5 sacks, with most of his production credited to his athleticism. He was clocked in the high 4.4s in the 40 this spring and also had a vertical jump of 40 inches. Think about that: A guy pushing 260 pounds with that kind of speed and jumping ability.

  • 5. Cameron Echols-Luper, CB, TCU 5

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    5. Cameron Echols-Luper, CB, TCU

    Particulars: 6-0, 190, junior
    Skinny: Echols-Luper, who is moving from wide receiver to cornerback this season, won the Big 12 indoor long jump title and was fourth in the league in the event in the outdoor meet. He also qualified for the final in the 200 meters at the outdoor meet (his qualifying time would've won the final). Echols-Luper also is part of TCU's national runner-up 4x100 relay team (as is WR Colby Listenbee). His dad, Curtis Luper, is TCU's running backs coach; Cameron went to high school in Alabama because at the time, Curtis was an Auburn assistant.

  • 4. Adoree' Jackson, CB/WR, USC 4

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    4. Adoree' Jackson, CB/WR, USC

    Particulars: 5-11, 180, sophomore
    Skinny: Jackson was a two-way player for the Trojans last season, starting 10 games at cornerback and one at wide receiver. His best position long-term appears to be corner. Jackson also played basketball and was on the track team in high school in the L.A. area. Jackson earned All-America honors this year in the long jump and 4x100 relay at this year's NCAA track and field championships.

  • 3. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State 3

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    3. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

    Particulars: 6-1, 204, junior
    Skinny: Ramsey is making the move this season from safety to cornerback, his natural position, and he will contend for All-America honors; he has started all 28 games in his career. He also is a big-time track athlete who dreams of potentially competing in the 2016 Olympics -- and it could come true. He won the long jump at both the ACC indoor and outdoor meets (26-1 outdoors), and also ran the lead leg on the conference-champion 4x100 relay team at the outdoor meet. In addition, he was a finalist in the 100 meters at the conference's outdoor meet (10.61 seconds). Ramsey turned in a vertical jump of 41 inches while in high school in Nashville.

  • 2. Montese Overton, LB, East Carolina 2

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    2. Montese Overton, LB, East Carolina

    Particulars: 6-3, 221, senior
    Skinny: Overton grew up about 20 minutes from ECU's campus in Greenville, N.C. -- well, about 20 minutes given the way he runs. Despite his size, he has been clocked in the low 4.3s in the 40. He also possesses a 36.5-inch vertical jump and good strength (a bench press of 345 pounds, a squat of 490 pounds and a 323-pound power clean). Overton is expected to go from key sub to important starter this fall; he certainly has the athleticism to make a big impact.

  • 1. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor 1

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    1. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

    Particulars: 5-11, 190, junior
    Skinny: Baylor is loaded with guys who could've made this list. Junior Seth Russell, the guy tasked with replacing Bryce Petty at QB, has been clocked at 4.49 in the 40 and has a vertical jump of 41.5 inches. And 6-9, 275-pound senior DE Shawn Oakman runs a 4.81 40, has a 36-inch vertical and can do a 40-inch box jump while holding 70-pound dumbbells. But we're limiting it to one guy per team, and our choice for Baylor is Coleman, who takes a back seat to no one: a time of 4.38 in the 40, a clocking of 6.62 seconds in the three-cone drill (that would've led all WRs at this year's NFL Scouting Combine), an incredible 45-inch vertical and an 11-foot-3 broad jump. His athleticism carries over to the field: He averaged 17.5 yards on 64 receptions and had 11 TD catches last season.

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