Deebo Samuel

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Deebo Samuel
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Samuel with the 49ers in 2019
No. 19 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-01-15) January 15, 1996 (age 24)
Inman, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Inman (SC) Chapman
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-Team All-American (2018)
  • First-Team All-SEC (2018)
  • Super Bowl record for most rushing yards as a Wide Receiver (53 rushing yards in Super Bowl LIV)
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Receptions:57
Receiving yards:802
Rushing yards:159
Total touchdowns:6
Player stats at NFL.com

Tyshun Raequan "Deebo" Samuel (born January 15, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina.

Early years[edit]

Samuel attended Chapman High School in Inman, South Carolina, where he played high school football and was coached by Marquel Banks.[1] As a senior, he led his team to the Semifinals of the AAA playoffs.[2] He had 166 catches for 2,751 yards and 36 touchdowns during his career, he rushed 133 times for 898 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, he finished with a record of 53 career touchdowns, he also had 94 tackles and 12 interceptions.[3] He won the High School Sports Report Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year, and played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.[4] Samuel was rated as a three-star recruit, by the 247 composite.[5] He committed to the University of South Carolina to play college football.[6]

College career[edit]

2015 season[edit]

Samuel played in five games total, making three starts and struggling with injuries. He suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener against North Carolina.[7] He finished the season with 12 receptions for 161 yards.[8]

2016 season[edit]

In his sophomore season, Samuel played in 10 games and led the team with 59 receptions for 783 yards, he also rushed 15 times for 98 yards and 6 touchdowns. In the Birmingham Bowl against USF, he had 14 receptions for 190 receiving yards.[9]

2017 season[edit]

In the first game of the season against NC State, Samuel had 5 catches for 83 yards, for two touchdowns and also returned the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. In week 2 vs. Missouri, Samuel once again returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and finished with 5 catches for 45 yards, and also ran the ball 2 times for 30 yards and a touchdown. In week 3 against Kentucky, on the first play from scrimmage Samuel caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Gamecock quarterback Jake Bentley. After suffering a season-ending injury later in the game, Samuel would finish the season having not even played three full games, yet accumulated 250 yards receiving for 3 touchdowns, 2 carries for 30 yards and a touchdown, and 2 kickoff returns for 2 touchdowns for a combined 194 yards.[10]

Injury[edit]

In week 3 vs. Kentucky, with 2:27 left in the third quarter, Samuel caught a pass from Jake Bentley and was awkwardly tackled by no. 8 Derrick Baity Jr. of Kentucky, bending his leg back.[11] It was announced after the game by head coach Will Muschamp that Samuel had broken his right fibula and would miss the rest of the season.[12][13] Despite the injury, it was announced that Samuel could possibly return later on in the season, but he suffered a sprained foot in rehab and would not return.[14] Former Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore (who suffered severe knee injuries in college) had encouraging words for Samuel following his injury, saying: "I know you are down and frustrated and you feel like your dreams are far away now. They aren’t. You can use this moment to show people how to overcome adversity, the whole state of South Carolina loves Deebo."[15][16][17]

2018 season[edit]

On November 5, 2017, Samuel announced that he would be returning for his senior season.[18] Samuel finished the 2018 season with 882 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns, his best game of the season came against Clemson where he caught 10 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He chose not to play in the Gamecocks' bowl game, the 2018 Belk Bowl.[19] He was later selected to play in the 2019 Senior Bowl.[20]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

Year Team G Receiving Kick Returns Rushing
Rec Yards Avg TD Ret Yards Avg TD Att Yards Avg TD
2015 South Carolina 5 12 161 13.4 1 1 24 24.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
2016 South Carolina 10 59 783 13.3 1 16 431 26.9 1 15 98 6.5 6
2017 South Carolina 3 15 250 16.7 3 2 194 97.0 2 2 30 15.0 1
2018 South Carolina 12 62 882 14.2 11 23 570 24.8 1 8 26 3.3 0
Career 30 148 2,076 14.0 16 42 1,219 29.0 4 25 154 6.2 7

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 14 in
(1.81 m)
214 lb
(97 kg)
31 38 in
(0.80 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.48 s 4.14 s 7.03 s 39 in
(0.99 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Draft[21]

Samuel was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round (36th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[22] He signed a four-year contract with the 49ers on July 25, 2019 [23]

2019 season: Rookie year[edit]

Samuel made his NFL debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, catching three passes for 17 yards and losing a fumble.[24] In Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals, he caught five passes for 87 yards and his first NFL touchdown as the 49ers won 41–17.[25] During Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers, Samuel caught three passes for 19 yards and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown in the 51-13 victory.[26] During Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, he caught eight passes for 112 yards in the 27–24 overtime loss.[27] In the next game against the Arizona Cardinals, Samuel caught eight passes for 134 yards in the 36-26 victory.[28] In Week 17 against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, Samuel caught five passes for 102 yards and rushed two times for 33 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown, during the 26–21 win. [29]

In Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs, Samuel rushed 3 times for 53 yards and caught 5 passes for 39 yards during the 31–20 loss. Samuel's 53 rushing yards was the most ever by a wide receiver in Super Bowl history. [30]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2019 SF 15 11 57 802 14.1 42T 3 14 159 11.4 31 3 2 1
Career 15 11 57 802 14.1 42T 3 14 159 11.4 31 3 2 1

Personal life[edit]

Samuel was given the nickname "Deebo" by his father, Galen, after the character named Deebo played by Tiny Lister Jr. in the movie Friday that stars Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connolly, Matt (August 20, 2016). "Out of his shell: Deebo Samuel ready to shine for Gamecocks". The State. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Melton, Kevin (October 25, 2013). "Samuel, Chapman fend off Union County in thriller". Go Upstate. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Deebo Samuel bio". GamecocksOnline.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Deebo Samuel bio". GamecocksOnline.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Deebo Samuel recruiting". 247sports.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Tapp, Connor. "Three-star wide receiver Tyshun Samuel commits to South Carolina". garnetandblackattack.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "South Carolina's Deebo Samuel leaves game with hamstring injury". thescore.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Deebo Samuel stats". sportsreference. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Deebo Samuel stats". sportsreference. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Deebo Samuel College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  11. ^ "South Carolina Gamecocks football team loses game, Samuel against Kentucky Wildcats". Greenvilleonline.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Deebo Samuel to miss rest of South Carolina's season after leg injury". espn.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "Deebo Samuel's season may be over due to left leg injury". thestate. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "S. Carolina WR Deebo Samuel ruled out for season after setback". espn.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "USC legend Marcus Lattimore suffered bad breaks, encourages current star Deebo Samuel". thestate.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "WATCH: Former South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore empathizes with Deebo Samuel". seccountry.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Marcus Lattimore passes along words of encouragement to Deebo Samuel". saturdaydownsouth. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Superstar wide receiver Deebo Samuel will return to South Carolina for 2018". SECcountry.com. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  19. ^ Connolly, Matt (December 7, 2018). "Deebo Samuel opens up about decision to skip South Carolina bowl game". The State. Columbia, South Carolina. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "South Team". seniorbowl.com. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile – Deebo Samuel". nfl.com. March 1, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  22. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (April 26, 2019). "Niners add wide receiver Deebo Samuel with 36th pick". NFL.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  23. ^ "49ers Sign Draft Picks DL Nick Bosa and WR Deebo Samuel". 49ers.com. July 25, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  24. ^ "49ers vs. Buccaneers - Box Score - September 8, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  25. ^ "Garoppolo throws 3 TDs, 49ers roll over Bengals 41-17". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  26. ^ "Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers - October 27th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  27. ^ "Seahawks knock 49ers from unbeaten ranks with 27-24 OT win". www.espn.com. Associated Press. November 10, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  28. ^ "49ers rally past Cardinals 36-26 on 4 TD passes by Garoppolo". www.espn.com. November 17, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  29. ^ "49ers win NFC West, No. 1 seed with 26-21 win over Seahawks". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 29, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  30. ^ "Mahomes leads Chiefs' rally past 49ers in Super Bowl, 31-20". www.espn.com. Associated Press. February 2, 2020. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  31. ^ "South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel explains origin of his nickname". SEC Country. Archived from the original on July 15, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2018.

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