In week 8 of the 2019 CFL season at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium when the Ottawa Redblacks faced the Montreal Alouettes wide receiver and kickoff return specialist DeVonte Dedmon made a name for himself as one of the CFL’s emerging stars. He returned two kicks for scores, and kept the Ottawa Redblacks in the game with some of the CFL’s top plays of the season.
Earlier this week, Jordan Zlomislic of JZ Media and Micah Awe, an Ottawa Redblacks linebacker with his own sports fitness app PurpleShift sports were able to look back at the big game that Dedmon had in Montreal and verified his speed on both returns. On the first return you see in the video, on the kickoff return Dedmon clocked in at 19.48 miles per hour. On the second one, the punt return where he bounced off defenders left and right he was found running an in-game 4.48 second 40 yard dash. If you look at where he ran the 40 yard dash as well he wasn’t running in a straight line and he slowed down at the end to walk into the end zone. With that into consideration this 40 yard dash, with pads on could have potentially been under 4.40. If Dedmon brings that speed to the Ottawa Redblacks in 2021 they could turn the table coming off of the 3-15 season in 2019.
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