Muschamp thrilled to get Deebo Samuel back for 2018


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp is thrilled to have wide receiver Deebo Samuel back on the team for the 2018-2019 season.

Samuel declared that he has chosen to return to South Carolina and continue playing instead of joining the NFL Draft.

Samuel suffered a leg injury during the third game of the 2017 season against Kentucky on Sept. 16th. Hoping for an early recovery, he sat on the sidelines during the Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M matchups. It was later confirmed that Samuel had suffered a broken leg and while in rehab, he suffered a sprained ankle that put him out for the rest of the season.

Deebo Samuel is a standout wide receiver who was named preseason first-team All-SEC as an all-purpose back and second-team as a kick returner by Athlon. He is the top returning receiver on the squad with 71 career catches for 944 yards.

He was redshirted as a true freshman and worked with the scout team. In 2015, he played in five games, making three starts while battling injuries. He was fourth on the team with 12 receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown while suffering hamstring injuries. He continued to return to play against the Citadel despite injuries.

As a sophomore, he shared the Steve Wadiak MVP Award with Jake Bentley, was the Steve Spurrier Award winner as the Offense’s MVP and was selected as the Most Explosive Player on offense by his teammates.