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Penn State's Apke runs fastest 40 time among safeties at NFL Combine

Jerry DiPaola
| Monday, March 5, 2018, 2:34 p.m.
Georgia's Jay Rome is defended by Penn State's Troy Apke while attempting to catch a pass during the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Georgia's Jay Rome is defended by Penn State's Troy Apke while attempting to catch a pass during the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Penn State's Troy Apke recorded a 4.34-second time in the 40-yard dash Monday at the NFL Combine, the fastest time by far among safeties.

Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates had the second-fastest time at his position (4.51).

Apke, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, came to Penn State as a wide receiver, but switched to safety before the start of his freshman season.

As a senior sprinter at Mt. Lebanon, Apke won the WPIAL 100-meter championship at the highest classification, running a 10.81. He finished fifth in the PIAA meet.

Apke, 6-foot-2, 198-pounds, recorded two career interceptions, one against Iowa in 2016 and one against Pitt last season.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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