Holliday Could Be The Special Teams Player The Colts Need

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He is faster than a Muhammad Ali right jab and quicker than a Nolan Ryan fastball. By the time the lights shut off he is already in bed, he makes Jay-Z's lyrics sound slow, and the only way to view him in his clips without a big blur spreading across the screen is to watch him in slow motion.

And by the time you read this sentence, former Louisiana State University (LSU) wide receiver and All-American track star Trindon Holliday could have finished a 100 meter dash.

In fact, Holliday is the explanation of how fast can be too fast.

Holliday, the anchor of an NCAA Championship 4 X 100 relay team who was once elected to represent the United States at the IAAF World Championships, once ran the 100 meters in a blistering 10.02 seconds.

So one could only believe to understand why Holliday is practically salivating at the idea of running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis.

"A whole lot of people have been asking me if I am going to be nervous when I run," said Holliday, who once clocked in with a 4.20 in the sprint. "And I say no, because I am not going to get nervous, this is something that I do. All I do is run."

And don't think the pads slow him down. If you don't believe it, just ask Ole Miss. Or South Carolina. Or Arkansas. Or Auburn.

"I think my career at LSU helped me very well," said Holliday. "I have returned two punts and two kicks in my career."

Projected to go late in the sixth-seventh round, Holliday is the type of player that could make a quick impact and be the burst of energy a team badly needs.

With that in mind, take a look at the Indianapolis Colts kick and punt return stats in the last three seasons:

2009: 28th in yards per punt return, 18th in yards per kick return.

2008: 31st in yards per punt return, 28th in yards per kick return.

2007: 6th in yards per punt return, 23rd in yards per kick return.

Take away T.J. Rushing's miraculous punt return against the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 season, and the Colts would have been tied with the Minnesota as 21st in the league.

Now imagine Holliday, a potential Devin Hester or Joshua Cribbs, complimenting Chad Simpson on kick-off returns. More importantly, imagine NFL MVP Peyton Manning lining up on the field with ten less yards of field to work with on every single possession.

The idea alone is enough to make special teams coaches and defensive coordinators in the AFC South squirm.

Could Holliday be a good fit for the Colts? Only Colts President Bill Polian and time could tell. Just don't expect that time to be as fast as Holliday's 40-yard dash at the Combine.

"I'm just going to go out on Saturday and do my best," said Holliday. "I want to go as fast as 4.24."

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