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Deebo Samuel  

NFL Wide Receiver for the San Francisco 49ers

Tyshun "Deebo" Samuel received his nickname because he often bullied other kids growing up. That sort of attitude has proven to be a good thing on the field, especially when he starred for USC in 2018. He earned first-team All-SEC honors as an all-purpose player and return specialist (23-570-24.8, TD on kickoffs) and was also named a second-team all-conference receiver (62-882-14.2, 11 TD). He started 11 of 12 games played but chose not to participate in his team's bowl game in order to prepare for the draft. Samuel was off to a hot start the first three games of 2017, being a factor as a receiver (15-250-16.7, three TD), rusher (2-30-15.0) and returner (both kickoff returns went for touchdowns) before breaking his leg. The South Carolina native had shared the team's Most Valuable Player award after the 2016 season with quarterback Jake Bentley, leading the Gamecocks with 59 receptions for 783 yards (13.3 average) and one touchdown in 10 starts. Samuel also scored as a kick returner (16-431-26.9), though he missed three games with a hamstring injury. He had hamstring problems as a redshirt freshman, as well, though he managed to catch 12 passes for 161 yards (13.4 average) and a score in five games (three starts).

Deebo Samuel was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the fourth pick in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft.

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