By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
4:42 PM EST, February 23, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — Towson star running back Terrance West ran a respectable 40-yard dash with an official time of 4.54 seconds Sunday at the NFL scouting combine.
The 5-foot-9, 225-pound Northwestern graduate wasn't expected to run in the 4.4 range, and has been running in the 4.53 range in training prior to the combine. For a running back his size, it's generally regarded as a solid time.
His unoffficial time was 4.56 seconds. Often those times go up once they become official. In West's case, it got faster.
West also bench-pressed 225 pounds 16 times and recorded a vertical leap of 33.5 inches.
West ran a faster time than LSU running back Jeremy Hill, whom he's been training with at IMG Sports Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Hill ran a 4.63 Sunday.
The fastest running back times so far Sunday were from lighter backs: Kent State's Dri Archer (4.28), Oregon's DeAnthony Thomas (4.34) and Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon (4.35)
West, who met with the Ravens on Friday night, rushed for 2,509 yards and scored 42 touchdowns last season as Towson made it to the Football Championship Subdivision national championship game. He owns the school record with 86 career touchdowns and finished with 4,854 career yards.
The Ravens have also met with Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, Boston College running back Andre Williams and Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey.
"I think West is a heck of a running back," said retired former Dallas Cowboys general manager Gil Brandt, who now analyzes the draft for NFL.com. "This guy, this is a man. I think he's pretty good."