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 May 1 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, a Benkelman native and former Dundy County-Stratton 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-Stratton 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 (237½ pounds): 1.60 seconds.

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