30 In 30: University of South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

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Ahead of the draft, University of South Carolina wide receiver Tyshun “Deebo” Samuel has been described as an explosive playmaker. He’ll tell you his competitiveness started from an early age.

“I was taught growing up every time I touch the ball, try to get the ball in the end zone so that’s just my mindset every time I try to get the ball,” said Samuel.

The receiver, who’s build has been described as that of a running back’s, has had to overcome some obstacles- from a hamstring injury, to breaking his fibula his junior year. But last season, especially down the stretch, Deebo dominated, tallying just under 500 yards and six touchdowns in his final four games. He caught a whole lot of eyes at the senior bowl as well- but he’ll be the first to tell you, he’s got a wide skillset.  

“Just the versitality,” said Samuel. “Not only am I a receiver, I also started on kick return and every special teams but kickoff. Just being great after the catch, a very physical guy.”

Samuel earned first team All SEC honors as both an all purpose player and a return specialist, and second team all conference honors as a receiver. When it comes to taking things to the next level- Samuel says he’s more than ready.

“Off the field I know how to turn the switch on, when to turn it off and just getting out there on the field, just being able to play any position you put me at. I’m always happy and just ready to work,” said Samuel. 

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