There were rumblings in May that Nevada Dontay Moch had the makings of being a freakish athlete.
Scouts in attendance at Nevada's junior pro day in May called Nevada one of the fastest teams they've been around. But it was Moch, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound disruptor at defensive end, who generated the most buzz.
The rumor making the rounds on Wolf Pack-centric websites is that Moch busted 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. 4.27 seconds one said. 4.28 said another. Improbable.
Hold up. Make that probable.
Sources tell Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout that Moch ran 4.25 40. When he was asked to run another, Moch ran a 4.19.
Update: Moch just got back to me confirming those crazy times. So they go from being Internet conjecture to fact.
Moch has always been an impressive player, and the star of Nevada's defense. Last season, Moch had 61 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. That was with teams concentrating on him, as the year before he had 50 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.
In the NFL, Moch will probably have to move over to outside linebacker. Nevada doesn't mind mixing up their personnel, particularly on third down, so don't be shocked if you see Moch play without his hand down at times this season.
Although it could be argued that Moch, playing in the Western Athletic Conference, did it against lesser competition, think again. He was a force against Missouri in 2009 and took it to Maryland in 2008.
You'll get to see Moch against solid competition twice on ESPN2 this year. On Sept. 17 Nevada plays California and Boise State travels to Reno on Nov. 26.