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Freshman Lankford Showing Speed At WR

Ryan Lankford (Jack Lyman)

Football fans sometimes place too much emphasis on heights and weights. Sometimes heart and determination overcomes deficiencies in other areas. Illinois freshman receiver Ryan Lankford is a good example. He is extremely slender, but he makes up for it in other ways. He is seeing time early and has breakaway potential.

Ryan Lankford doesn't play or talk like a freshman. The product of the small Paxson School in Jacksonville, Florida, came to Illinois with little acclaim except tremendous speed. But he quickly proved ready for the college game according to head coach Ron Zook. "We played Ryan Lankford. We've got to get the ball in his hands. He's got a lot of speed." Lankford may be the fastest player on...

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