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Curtis Samuel | Running Back

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 196

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Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel received Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb comparisons from NFL scouts.
"Unique player," one said. "Physically tough. Playmaking ability." Samuel worked out with receivers at the NFL Combine, but spent most of his time in the backfield at Ohio State. One of his best traits is exiting the huddle in 11 personnel (one tight end, one running back) and motioning out to empty, producing favorable matchups. Samuel tested in the 64th percentile and will be just 21 years old in the NFL. He will be a second day selection. Mar 10 - 9:33 AM

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Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel had meetings with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The versatile wideout is fresh off turning in a 40-yard dash of 4.31 seconds. He could potentially work his way into the first round, but if not, Samuels figures to be off the board relatively early on Day 2. Both the Chiefs and Bucs hold picks in the back half of the first round.
Mar 4 - 2:28 PM

Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel logged an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.31 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

It has been a fun day for the wide receivers in Indianapolis, who have put up some eye-popping runs. Samuels' unofficial run of 4.31 seconds is noticeably faster than what scouts were expecting, as NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah wrote earlier this week that scouts had been told to expect a 40 sprint in the high 4.3's or low 4.4's.
Mar 4 - 12:52 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah passes along that Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel is expected to ace his tests at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Per Jeremiah, "Scouts have been told to expect him to run the 40 in the high 4.3s or low 4.4s, post a vertical close to 40 inches and broad jump at least 10 feet, 6 inches." The analyst writes that Samuel may be the most explosive player to come out of Ohio State in the past two years -- which is saying something. In late January, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline was hearing from those at East-West Shrine Game practices that Samuel could potentially see interest on Day 1 of the draft, though a Day 2 selection may be a touch more realistic.
Feb 28 - 3:59 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that there is a belief among those at the Shrine Game that Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel could crack Round 1.

"Samuel’s versatility as a ball carrier and pass catcher coupled with his speed and big play ability has NFL decision makers intrigued," he wrote. Draft Analyst currently grades Samuel as a Rds. 2-3 prospect. We're big fans of Samuel, who, while lacking a defined position, creates yards other players can't wherever he's lined up.
Jan 19 - 12:41 PM

Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel is joining the 2017 NFL Draft.

We absolutely love Samuel's game. He has shown playmaking skills as both a runner and a receiver, creating yards other skill position players can't. He was Ohio State's offense for a good portion of the season. He is the type of player that those outside of the NFL crave for, but at times some teams struggle with these types who lack a clear position. Is he Dexter McCluster or C.J. Prosise, or something else? Teams might even debate Samuel versus Christian McCaffrey.
Jan 9 - 10:38 AM

Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel compiled 110 yards from scrimmage in Saturday's 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl.

Samuel accounted for over half of Ohio State's offensive output on the evening. He led the team in both rushing (67 yards) and receiving (43 yards). The Buckeyes were simply unable to maintain a drive long enough for Samuel to do further damage. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound junior will now have to decide whether or not to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He was one of the most versatile all-around players in the country this past season.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney compares Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel to Sammy Watkins.

Swinney pointed out that the Buckeyes use Samuel in much the same way as he used Watkins, with the only difference being that Samuel gets more snaps out of the backfield. "He's as dynamic as anyone in the playoff," Swinney said. Samuel has 15 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards from scrimmage heading into his date with the Tigers on New Year's Eve.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 01:49:00 PM

Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel punched a 15-yard sweep into the end zone in double overtime to give the Buckeyes a 30-27 win over No. 3 Michigan on Saturday.

One play after J.T. Barrett's 4th-and-1 conversion, Samuel accelerated through a lane and into the end zone to win the game. Samuel finished with 54 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries. If Penn State gets upset by Michigan State on Saturday (in progress), Ohio State will win the East and head to the Big 10 Championship Game. Sitting pretty at No. 2 in the Playoff standings, the Buckeyes may prefer it if the Nittany Lions win it for themselves.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel totaled 112 yards and four touchdowns from scrimmage in Saturday's 62-3 laugher over Maryland.

Samuel split his touchdowns evenly between rushing and receiving. During the practice week, HC Urban Meyer said that his dynamic 5-foot-11, 196-pounder would have an opportunity as a punt returner. He did log one return on Saturday, for 11 yards. Samuel has totaled 1,387 yards and 14 touchdowns from scrimmage through 10 games.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 08:27:00 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel will have an opportunity as a punt returner against Maryland on Saturday.

Because sure, why not? Samuel has done just about everything else this season, rushing for 599 yards (7.9 YPC) and five touchdowns while catching 52 passes for 676 yards and an additional quintet of scores. In all, the electric 5-foot-11, 196-pounder has piled up 1,275 yards from scrimmage, with 10 total touchdowns through nine games. If he can stay on his giddy-up against Maryland, Michigan State and Michigan through the end of the regular season, Samuel has an outside shot of 2,000 yards from scrimmage.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 02:14:00 PM

Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel caught eight passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 62-3 destruction of Nebraska.

Over half of Samuel's receiving yardage came on the first offensive play of the third quarter, when he scored from 75 yards out. His other touchdown was of the more modest one-yard species. In addition to his lovely work as a receiving stalwart, the 5-foot-11, 196-pound junior also rushed for 41 yards on five carries. Between his work through the air (695 yards receiving) and on the ground (580 yards rushing), Samuel has been among the most dynamic offensive weapons in the country this season.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 12:42:00 AM

Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel totaled 139 yards between rushing and receiving in Saturday's 24-21 loss to Penn State.

Samuel had just two carries in the game, one of which went for 74 yards and a touchdown. So that will work. His other carry actually netted negative yardage, as he finished with 71 yards on the ground. The versatile junior also caught eight passes for 68 yards. Those eight receptions were tops on the team. All for naught, though, all for naught.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 12:23:00 AM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said the nine carries junior RB Curtis Samuel received against Indiana were not enough.

Meyer said the offense was out of sorts, which led to the small number of touches for Samuel. We think giving the football to one of the nation's top offensive players would help the offense, but what do we know. Samuel is a hybrid receiver and runner, but did not record a catch against Indiana. Expect him to see more opportunities moving forward.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 10:53:00 AM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer believes that junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel deserves consideration for the Heisman Trophy.

Meyer said that Samuel "certainly is having that kind of year that he should be in the conversation." Football's equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife, the 5-foot-11, 196-pound junior has racked up 673 total all-purpose yards through four games to lead the Big Ten in that category. He has also scored five total touchdowns. Meyer compared the combo of Samuel and QB J.T. Barrett to his Florida duo of Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 05:11:00 PM