Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage set a school record and tied an NCAA record last season when he scored eight touchdowns (seven rushing, one receiving) in the Sun Devils' 68-55 home win over Texas Tech.
Ballage's ridiculous combination of speed, agility and strength is the reason NFL.com placed the senior on its list of "college football's most freakish athletes" heading into the 2017 season.
Chase Goodbread, who compiled the list of 17 college football "freaks," placed Ballage at No. 9 on his list. He said the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Ballage "should turn plenty of heads at next year's NFL Scouting Combine," noting he has a 37-inch vertical leap, can squat over 500 pounds and has the speed of a cornerback.
"Last year against Texas Tech, on a 75-yard touchdown run that was one of his NCAA record-tying eight scores on the day, Arizona State's GPS technology clocked him at 21.6 mph," Goodbread noted, adding Ballage is "also known for having a bone-crushing handshake around the ASU football building."
Ballage is one of three Pac-12 players that made the list. The others: USC linebacker Porter Gustin and Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea.