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Alabama LB Rashaan Evans got his speed from running with horses

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Incoming Alabama Crimson Tide 5-star linebacker recruit Rashaan Evans possesses many attributes that may very well make him a star in the SEC, but one that stands out the most is his speed. According to the Auburn native’s profile on 247 Sports, his 40-yard dash time is in the 4.51 area, a time that could only get better going forward, which is a scary thought.

But how exactly did he get to bee so fast for a linebacker? Yes, some of that has to do with hard work on the football field, but Evans credits most of it to his unorthodox practice of running with horses.

Yes, horses.

Evans and his brother, Alex, grew up with horses in the family and he credits his sibling for originally coming up with the idea.

“At first, it was weird,” Rashaan told AL.com. “I didn’t know what he was doing. I was like, ‘why are you chasing horses?’ So I started doing it.”

After a while, it just became normal and he even says there was a noticeable difference when he did get on the field because the players he was running around the field with weren’t nearly as fast as his animal counterparts at home.

“All it does, it works on cardio and all that stuff and just having something that’s much faster than you running around with it,” Rashaan said. “When you get on the field, it’s almost like the game comes slower to you because athletes are not as fast as horses.”

Evans is rated the no. 1 overall prospect in the country at his outside linebacker position and could see time on this field this year for Alabama as a true freshman as he may just be too good and too fast to keep off the field.

And the horses could get a bit of thanks for that.

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