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 25)
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
  • PFF All-Rookie Team (2019)
  • First-Team All-American (2018)
  • First-Team All-SEC (2018)
  • Super Bowl record for most rushing yards as a wide receiver (53 in Super Bowl LIV)
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Receptions:90
Receiving yards:1,193
Rushing yards:185
Total touchdowns:7
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 and was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Samuel attended Chapman High School in Inman, South Carolina, where he played high school football and was coached by Mark Hodge.[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.[3] Samuel was rated as a three-star recruit, by the 247 composite.[4] He committed to the University of South Carolina to play college football.[5]

College career[edit]

2014 season[edit]

Samuel redshirted in his true freshman year of 2014.

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.[6] Deebo finished the season with 12 receptions for 161 yards.[7]

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 six touchdowns.[8] 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 five catches for 83 yards, for two touchdowns and also returned the opening kickoff back for a touchdown.[10] In Week 2 against Missouri, Samuel once again returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and finished with five catches for 45 yards, and also ran the ball two times for 30 yards and a touchdown.[11] 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 three touchdowns, two carries for 30 yards and a touchdown, and two kickoff returns for two touchdowns for a combined 194 yards.[12]

Injury[edit]

In Week 3 against 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.[13] 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.[14][15] 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.[16] 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."[17][18][19]

2018 season[edit]

Samuel in 2018

On November 5, 2017, Samuel announced that he would be returning for his senior season.[20] 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.[21] He was later selected to play in the 2019 Senior Bowl.[22]

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 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
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[23]

Samuel was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round (36th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[24] He signed a four-year contract with the 49ers on July 25, 2019 [25]

2019[edit]

Samuel made his NFL debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, catching three passes for 17 yards and losing a fumble in the 31-17 road victory.[26] In the next game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he caught five passes for 87 yards and his first NFL touchdown as the 49ers won on the road by a score 41–17.[27] During Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers, Samuel caught three passes for 19 yards and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown in a 51-13 victory.[28] Two weeks later against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, he caught eight passes for 112 yards in the 27–24 overtime loss.[29] In the next game against the Arizona Cardinals, Samuel caught eight passes for 134 yards in the 36-26 victory.[30] Samuel would have two more touchdown catches over the next two games against the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens, and would add another rushing score in the Week 16 contest against the Los Angeles Rams. In the regular-season finale against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, he caught five passes for 102 yards and rushed twice for 33 yards and a touchdown in the 26–21 road victory.[31]

During Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs, Samuel rushed thrice for 53 yards and caught five passes for 39 yards during the 31–20 loss. His 53 rushing yards was the most by a wide receiver in Super Bowl history.[32]

2020[edit]

Samuel was placed on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp on July 28, 2020.[33] He was activated on September 5, 2020,[34] but was placed on injured reserve on September 12, 2020.[35] He was activated on October 3, 2020.[36] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 4, 2020,[37] and activated two days later.[38] In Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams, he had 11 receptions for 133 receiving yards in the 23–20 victory.[39]

NFL statistics[edit]

Regular season[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
2020 SF 7 5 33 391 11.9 35 1 8 26 3.3 10 0 0 0
Career 22 16 90 1,193 13.3 42T 4 22 185 8.4 31 3 2 1

Postseason[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2019 SF 3 3 10 127 12.7 30 0 6 102 17.0 32 0 0 0
Career 3 3 10 127 12.7 30 0 6 102 17.0 32 0 0 0

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.[40]

References[edit]

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