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 26)
Inman, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Chapman
(Inman, South Carolina)
College:South Carolina (2014–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2022
Receptions:179
Receiving yards:2,729
Receiving touchdowns:10
Rushing yards:661
Rushing average:6.7
Rushing touchdowns:12
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

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 selected by the 49ers in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. In 2021, he was selected to the Pro Bowl and received first-team All-Pro honors.

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] During his career, Samuel had 166 catches for 2,751 yards and 36 touchdowns; he rushed 133 times for 898 yards and 13 touchdowns. He finished with a record 53 career touchdowns, 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] Samuel 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 returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and had five catches for 83 yards for two touchdowns.[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 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.[21] He chose not to play in the Gamecocks' bowl game, the 2018 Belk Bowl.[22] He was later selected to play in the 2019 Senior Bowl.[23]

College statistics[edit]

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

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 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[24]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Samuel was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round (36th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[25] He signed a four-year contract with the 49ers on July 25, 2019.[26]

2019 season[edit]

Deebo 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.[27] 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 of 41–17.[28] 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.[29] Two weeks later against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, he caught eight passes for 112 yards in the 27–24 overtime loss.[30] In the next game against the Arizona Cardinals, Samuel caught eight passes for 134 yards in the 36–26 victory.[31] 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.[32]

During Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs, Samuel rushed twice 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.[33]

2020 season[edit]

Samuel was placed on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp on July 28, 2020.[34] He was activated on September 5, 2020,[35] but was placed on injured reserve on September 12.[36] He was activated on October 3.[37] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 4,[38] and activated two days later.[39] In Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams, he had 11 receptions for 133 receiving yards in the 23–20 victory.[40] Samuel finished the 2020 season with 33 receptions for 391 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.[41]

2021 season[edit]

During the season-opening 41–33 road victory over the Detroit Lions, Samuel caught nine passes for 189 yards and a touchdown.[42] In Week 8, Samuel had six catches for 171 yards in a 33–22 win over the Bears, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[43] In Week 10, Samuel had five catches for 97 yards and five carries for 36 yards and two total touchdowns in a 31–10 win over the Rams, earning his second NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.[44]

Over the course of the season, the 49ers increasingly lined Samuel up in the backfield like a traditional running back, roughly 11% of the time,[45] in order to get the ball in his hands more often and take advantage of his play-making ability.[46] Samuel was elected to the Pro Bowl for 2021.[47] Throughout the season, Samuel had more rushing touchdowns of 10+ yards (6) than 23 NFL teams, He also holds the record for the most rushing touchdowns in a single season by a wide receiver in NFL history, with 8.[48] In a must-win week 18 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams, Samuel threw a 24-yard touchdown pass, ran for a 16-yard touchdown, and totaled 164 yards. Through the air, Samuel finished the regular season with 77 receptions for 1,405 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. On the ground, Samuel finished with 59 rushing attempts for 365 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, the most ever by a wide receiver in a season. Samuel also threw for a touchdown.[49]

Against the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card Round, Samuel caught three passes for 38 yards, and rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown off ten attempts in the 23–17 win.[50]

At the 2022 Pro Bowl, Deebo after the game created a new position for himself. He declared himself a "wide back" (wide receiver that plays running back) after being used as a running back midway and through the rest of the season.

2022 season[edit]

During the 2022 offseason, it was reported that Samuel requested to be traded, however, he reported to training camp, and ultimately on July 31, 2022, signed a three-year, $73.5 million contract extension with $58.1 million guaranteed.[51][52]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Legend
NFL record (for wide receivers)
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Passing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Cmp Att Yds TD Int Fum Lost
2019 SF 15 11 57 802 14.1 42 3 14 159 11.4 31 3 2 1
2020 SF 7 5 33 391 11.8 35 1 8 26 3.3 10 0 0 0
2021 SF 16 15 77 1,405 18.2 83 6 59 365 6.2 49 8 1 2 24 1 0 4 2
Career 38 31 167 2,598 15.6 83 10 81 550 6.8 49 11 1 2 24 1 0 6 3

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
2021 SF 3 3 10 154 15.4 44 1 27 137 5.1 26 1 0 0
Career 6 6 20 281 14.1 44 1 33 239 7.2 32 1 0 0

Personal life[edit]

Samuel was given the nickname "Deebo" by his father, Galen, after the character Deebo played by Tiny Lister Jr. in the 1995 movie Friday.[53]

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