First-year starter named First Team All-American after ranking second in the Big Ten with 74 receptions, tied for fourth with seven touchdown catches and fifth with 865 yards. Ran for 771 yards and eight scores on the ground, becoming the only playing in the nation with at least 700 yards rushing and receiving. Totaled 421 yards from scrimmage as a sophomore in 2015.
Explosive skill player effective as a ball carrier and pass catcher. Follows blocks, has a burst of speed and beats defenders into the open field. Shifty and elusive and easily changes direction without losing momentum. Displays the speed and agility necessary to beat defenders around the perimeter. Makes defenders miss in the open field and creates yardage. Possesses strong, consistent hands and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Finds ways to sneak it into the secondary as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Solid punt returner.
Lacks great size and not a ball carrier that’s going to break tackles or pick up much yardage off initial contact. May not have a true NFL position.
Samuel is a versatile skill prospect who can be lined up all over the field and deliver the big play. Though he may not have a true position for the next level, creative offensive coordinators will love his versatility.