Raheem Mostert could make a claim to being the fastest football player in the Big Ten and probably get no argument.
Bryan Fischer, who works for NFL.com, thinks he’s even faster than that, recently tabbing the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Mostert as the fastest player in college football.
“It means a lot,” Mostert said Tuesday while representing Purdue at the Big Ten football meetings. “I’m not really much of a bragger. But I like to talk about it with my girlfriend and my family. They know that’s the standard now. That’s something I have to hold up against each week. I just have to take it as it is. I’m the fastest guy.”
Mostert is coming off a spectacular indoor and outdoor season in track and field for the Boilermakers as a four-time Big Ten sprint champion. He won both the 60-meter and 200-meter races at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships, along with the 100 and 200 at the Big Ten outdoor meet.
Mostert said he would feel confident racing against any Big Ten football player.
“I’m confident, of course, with the track season that I just had,” said Mostert, a native of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Mostert has made his biggest impact in football as a return specialist. He enters his senior season ranked third in school history with 1,558 kickoff return yards. He returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown against Penn State last season. He also has 230 career rushing yards.
“I’m just taking it day by day and play by play and just wanting to bring the talents I have to the table to help our offense win,” Mostert said.
Purdue finished 1-11 in Darrell Hazell’s first season as head coach a year ago. And though Mostert is uncertain whether his future is in football or track, his only concern right now is helping the Boilermakers win football games.
“Right now, I’m only focused on football, but track is a possibility as well,” Mostert said.