Gophers defensive end Boye Mafe boasts a 40-inch vertical leap, which would have been a record for players at his position at the NFL combine this year.
Gophers coaches were boasting about Boye Mafe’s eye-popping speed and jumping ability well before he was listed among the biggest athletic freaks in college football entering the 2020 season.
The 6-4, 265-pound redshirt junior from Hopkins tests off the charts with a 40-inch vertical, which would have been a record for players at his position at the NFL combine this year.
Mafe, who also runs the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds and squats 653 pounds, didn’t just get to be this athletically gifted by accident. He’s come a long way since high school.
“It wasn’t just something that was given to me,” Mafe said. “With the training staff that we have here, they definitely pushed me to the limits to make sure I could be the best I could be.”
A popular pick to be a breakout candidate on the Gophers defense this season, Mafe is the successor to starting rush end Carter Coughlin, who was selected by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the NFL draft.
“Boye has been a guy who’s played a role the last two years and now, obviously that role’s going to expand,” DC Joe Rossi said. “He’s a very athletic player. He’s got some explosion and some pass rush. We’re very excited about where he’s going with his game. He’s been working really hard and taking on some leadership role as well.”
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