During a meeting with reporters Tuesday, Joshua Youngblood began discussing speed. His, specifically. Even more specifically: the agility and quickness he finally felt he had an opportunity to display on the national stage last week.
A true freshman receiver for Kansas State, Youngblood ran a kickoff back 98 yards for a score against Texas. That's why it made Youngblood laugh that Dalton Schoen, a senior wideout, thinks he could win a foot race against him.
Youngblood laughed at the notion, saying "no" four times when asked whether Schoen had any shot at victory.
"I've tried to tell him," Youngblood said, "he's a great receiver, but when it comes to speed, it's different where I'm from. We're a little bit faster."
Youngblood was so confident he'd win the hypothetical 100-yard race, he said he'd give Schoen a 15-yard head start.
Following Wednesday's practice, the race moved from the theoretical realm to the literal one: The pair lined up with the back of their feet touching the goal line. Then they took off. (No, Schoen did receive a 15-yard head start.) Though Schoen gave Youngblood a good go of it, the younger, quicker Florida native eventually won, beginning to celebrate by holding his pointer finger up in the air well before he finished the 100-yard race.
Just before it was concluded, Schoen was heard jokingly saying, "You had a much better start than I did!"
Youngblood was euphoric afterward.
"Don't play with me, bruh! Hey! Hey! Hey! 813," he shouted, referencing the area code of Tampa, his hometown. "They know where I'm from! Come on baby."
Once video of the race posted to social media, Youngblood gave Schoen his due.
"Good race lil bro @dschoen5," Youngblood wrote on Twitter, mentioning Schoen's personal Twitter account. "It’s just different where I’m from."
When one reporter on Twitter noted how close the finish ended up being, Youngblood responded in kind.
"Started cruising ..." he wrote.
K-State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham said the race was news to him. He didn't even find out about it until he saw it on social media.
As a coach, he had mixed feelings on the matter.
"You want to let them have fun and let them cut it loose a little bit, because it is a long season and a grind," he said. "But you're always worried about something unfortunate happening when you do that."
Messingham's counterpart, defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton, wouldn't necessarily have a problem with one of his players taking part and trying to beat Youngblood in a separate race.
The difference: Schoen and Youngblood are key members of the K-State offense. Hazelton doesn't want an equally important part of his own unit getting hurt in a post-practice mishap.
"I'd be like, 'Hey, I don't want (my starters) wasted running 100 yards.' They've got some things to run down on Saturday," Hazelton said with a laugh. "But I don't know it would be. A young guy, Logan Wilson or any of those young corners or a safety or a guy who's not going to get a lot of snaps on Saturday. Let them go run. "