Red-White Spring Game 5.1

The Red team's Gabe Ervin (22) runs the ball while being pursued by White team's Phalen Sanford in the second half of the Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Content Exchange

Phalen Sanford ended the spring on a high note, earning a ton of snaps in the Red-White Spring Game at cornerback on the White Team defense. 

Turns out, he had a pretty good performance index testing output before spring ball ever got going, too. 

Sanford, the Benkelman native and former Dundee County high standout, led all Huskers in the 10-yard split in the 40-yard dash, according to data Nebraska released on Thursday afternoon, covering the first quarter of the run in 1.51 seconds. 

Sanford started with what was essentially the No. 2 defense during the spring game opposite Braxton Clark, in part because Nadab Joseph missed the game due to an unspecified injury. 

The 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore was a football and track standout at Dundee County in high school, winning six total state championships in five different events. 

The defensive backs dominated this one for the Huskers, occupying the top four spots before fleet-footed freshman quarterback Logan Smothers checked in fifth. 

Here's the top 10 in the 10-yard split. 

1. CB Phalen Sanford (200 pounds): 1.51 seconds

2. S Noa Pola-Gates (175 pounds): 1.56 seconds 

T-3. CB Cam Taylor-Britt (198 pounds): 1.57 seconds 

T-3. S Deontai Williams (203 pounds): 1.57 seconds 

5. QB Logan Smothers (195 pounds): 1.58 seconds 

T-6. ILB Luke Reimer (224 pounds): 1.59 seconds 

T-6. RB Marvin Scott (207 pounds): 1.59 seconds 

T-6. ILB Grant Tagge (200 pounds): 1.59 seconds 

T-6. WR Oliver Martin (200 pounds): 1.59 seconds 

10. OLB JoJo Domann (237 1/2 pounds): 1.60 seconds 

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