The Football Fever: Defensive lineman, linebackers workout at NFL Combine

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Buckeyes Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Jerome Baker and Chris Worley took center stage at the NFL Combine on Sunday but the young man with one hand may have upstaged em all.

Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin ran a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash Sunday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, the fastest time for a linebacker in more than a decade.

Stanford's Jon Alston had the previous best time for a linebacker in the 40, at 4.40 in 2006, the first year ESPN Stats & Information began documenting 40 times at the combine.

Griffin's twin brother, Shaquill, a cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks, also ran a 4.38 at last year's combine.

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Griffin, who would be the first player with one hand drafted in the modern era if selected in April, ran the fastest 40-yard dash for a linebacker in more than a decade. The league's biggest defensive stars, Hall of Famers and others are taking notice.

Shaquem Griffin's 4.38 came in his first attempt at the 40. He ran a 4.58 in his second attempt.

It was a big weekend for Griffin, who on Saturday did 20 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press, using a prosthetic on his left arm to attach to the bar. Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition.

He was a late addition to the list of combine invitees, getting his formal invitation on Jan. 30.

Steelers scout Mark Gorscak helped coordinate the 40-yard dash and wore a T-shirt honoring linebacker Ryan Shazier, who suffered a spinal injury this season. Shazier noticed Griffin's run as well:

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