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Contextualizing Jaylen Samuels’ 2017 Season Rushes At North Carolina State

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected former North Carolina State running back Jaylen Samuels with their second of two fifth-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft and he might just be the most intriguing player of this year’s class due to the various ways he was used during his college career.

Samuels’ career offensive stats at North Carolina State certainly paint a picture of how versatile of player he was as he caught 201 passes for 1,851 yards and 19 touchdowns in addition to carrying the football 182 times in total for 1,107 yards and 28 touchdowns. That painted statistical picture aside, Samuels’ rushing stats need contextualizing due to the various ways he was used when it came to him carrying the football. In an effort to give you a good idea as to how Samuels was used as a runner at North Carolina State, I have contextualized every one of his rushes from 2017 and you can see a breakdown of those in the table below along with links to each and every run.

As you can see by Samuels’ rushing stats breakdown above the detailed play-by-play data, the North Carolina State product had 43 traditional handoffs last season. On those 43 runs he was lined up as either a tailback or halfback in the backfield in either a pistol-I formation (I-PI) or as deep tailback behind a quarterback who was under the center (DTB).

13 of Samuels’ 2017 rushes came with him lined up as a Wildcat quarterback while his other 20 carries were non-traditional types and that includes jet sweeps and end-around runs that came via him not being lined up in the backfield and behind the quarterback.

The below breakdown in addition to the linked videos should definitely paint a clearer picture to you as to how Samuels was used as a runner during his entire college career.

Jaylen Samuels 2017 Rushing Stats Breakdown
RSH YDS TD ALIGN YPR SUCC SUCC %
16 82 6 DTB 5.13 10 62.5%
27 148 1  I-PI 5.48 14 51.9%
13 32 4  WCQB 2.46 6 46.2%
20 144 1 OTHER 7.20 13 65.0%
76 406 12 TOTAL 5.34 43 56.6%
OPP QRT TIME DWN DIST LOS PLAY BY PLAY YDS  ALIGN PLAY DESCRIPTION CONTEXT
SC 1 10:31 1 15 SC 26 J.Samuels run for 9 yds to the SCaro 17 9  LHB Orbit motion pitch right
MAR 2 5:01 2 10 NCST 20 J.Samuels run for 12 yds to the NCSt 32 for a 1ST 12  RHB-PI Backfield hand-off to left
MAR 2 5:01 1 10 MRSH 40 J.Samuels run for 1 yd to the Marsh 39 1  LSL End around right
FUR 1 9:53 1 10 FUR 49 J.Samuels run for 10 yds to the Furm 39 for a 1ST 10  DTB Backfield hand-off to middle
FUR 1 4:46 2 G FUR 2 J.Samuels run for 2 yds for a TD 2  DTB Backfield hand-off to left
FUR 2 9:34 3 G FUR 1 J.Samuels run for 1 yd for a TD 1  WCQB Direct snap to middle
FUR 2 0:18 1 G FUR 1 J.Samuels run for 1 yd for a TD 1  DTB Backfield hand-off to left
FUR 3 8:37 1 10 FUR 49 J.Samuels run for 2 yds to the Furm 47 2  RSL End around left
FSU 1 10:33 1 10 FSU 33 J.Samuels run for a loss of 6 yards to the FlaSt 39 -6  I-PI Backfield hand-off to left
FSU 1 3:50 3 G FSU 3 J.Samuels run for 1 yd to the FlaSt 2 1  WCQB Direct snap to middle
FSU 1 3:20 4 G FSU 2 J.Samuels run for 2 yds for a TD 2  DTB Backfield hand-off to right
FSU 3 8:29 2 7 FSU 48 J.Samuels run for 6 yds to the FlaSt 42 6  I-PI Backfield hand-off to middle
FSU 3 4:04 1 10 NCST 19 J.Samuels run for 8 yds to the NCSt 27 8  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
SYR 1 15:00 2 10 SYR 42 J.Samuels run for 2 yds to the Syrac 40 2  DTB Backfield hand-off to left
SYR 1 15:00 4 1 SYR 33 J.Samuels run for 9 yds to the Syrac 24 for a 1ST 9  I-PI Backfield hand-off to left
SYR 1 1:29 1 10 NCST 46 J.Samuels run for 22 yds to the Syrac 32 for a 1ST 22  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
SYR 2 7:47 1 10 SYR 25 J.Samuels run for 10 yds to the Syrac 15 for a 1ST 10  RSL End around left
SYR 2 2:21 2 11 SYR 16 J.Samuels run for 16 yds for a TD 16  LSL Jet sweep right
SYR 4 14:54 2 4 SYR 24 J.Samuels run for 4 yds to the Syrac 20 for a 1ST 4  LHB-PI Backfield hand-off to right
SYR 4 4:39 3 1 SYR 38 J.Samuels run for no gain to the Syrac 38 0  DTB Backfield hand-off to right
SYR 4 2:53 1 10 SYR 36 J.Samuels run for 2 yds to the Syrac 34 2  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
SYR 4 2:53 2 8 SYR 34 J.Samuels run for 9 yds to the Syrac 25 for a 1ST 9  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
LOU 1 10:39 1 10 NCST 40 J.Samuels run for 6 yds to the NCSt 46 6  I-PI Backfield hand-off to middle
LOU 2 12:30 3 1 50 J.Samuels run for no gain to the 50 yard line 0  DTB Backfield hand-off to right
LOU 2 5:40 2 G LOU 4 J.Samuels run for no gain to the Lvile 4 0  DTB Backfield hand-off to right
PIT 1 15:00 1 10 NCST 25 J.Samuels run for 10 yds to the NCSt 35 for a 1ST 10  LHB  Jet sweep to right
PIT 1 15:00 2 9 PITT 40 J.Samuels run for 6 yds to the Pitt 34 6  LHB Orbit motion pitch right
PIT 1 9:07 1 10 NCST 8 J.Samuels run for 3 yds to the NCSt 11 3  LHB-PI Motion right backwards pass
PIT 1 9:07 2 7 NCST 11 J.Samuels run for 2 yds to the NCSt 13 2  LHB-PI Backfield hand-off to middle
PIT 4 11:55 1 G PITT 1 J.Samuels run for 1 yd for a TD 1  DTB Backfield hand-off to right
PIT 4 2:01 3 2 PITT 40 J.Samuels run for 40 yds for a TD 40  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
ND 1 2:20 1 10 NCST 29 J.Samuels run for 1 yd to the NCSt 30 1  I-PI Backfield hand-off to left
ND 1 0:25 1 10 ND 15 J.Samuels run for no gain to the NDame 15 0  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
ND 2 9:20 1 10 NCST 13 J.Samuels run for a loss of 4 yards to the NCSt 9 -4  I-PI Backfield pitch to left
ND 2 9:00 2 14 NCST 9 J.Samuels run for 1 yd to the NCSt 10 1  LHB-PI Backfield hand-off to middle
ND 3 14:47 1 10 NCST 20 J.Samuels run for 12 yds to the NCSt 32 for a 1ST 12  I-PI Backfield hand-off to middle
ND 3 13:48 2 1 NCST 41 J.Samuels run for a loss of 3 yds to the NCSt 38 -3  I-PI Backfield hand-off to left
ND 3 11:48 1 10 ND 42 J.Samuels run for 3 yds to the NDame 39 3  RHB Jet sweep to left
CLM 1 14:16 1 10 CLEM 40 J.Samuels run for a loss of 1 yd to the Clem 41 -1  WCQB Direct snap to left
CLM 1 8:59 1 10 NCST 35 J.Samuels run for 1 yd to the NCSt 36 1  I-PI Backfield hand-off to left
CLM 1 5:45 4 1 CLEM 39 J.Samuels run for 3 yds to the Clem 36 for a 1ST 3  RHB Jet sweep to left
CLM 1 4:37 2 4 CLEM 30 J.Samuels run for 15 yds to the Clem 15 for a 1ST 15  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
CLM 1 4:08 1 10 CLEM 15 J.Samuels run for 7 yds to the Clem 8 7  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
CLM 1 3:44 2 3 CLEM 8 J.Samuels run for 2 yds to the Clem 6 2  I-PI Backfield hand-off to middle
CLM 1 3:02 1 G CLEM 2 J.Samuels run for 1 yd to the Clem 1 1  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
CLM 1 2:25 2 G CLEM 1 J.Samuels run for 1 yd for a TD 1  WCQB Direct snap to middle
CLM 2 10:58 1 10 CLEM 18 J.Samuels run for 10 yds to the Clem 8 for a 1ST 10  WCQB Direct snap to middle
CLM 2 10:42 1 G CLEM 8 J.Samuels run for a loss of 2 yds to the Clem 10 -2  I-PI Backfield hand-off to right
CLM 2 2:18 2 10 CLEM 17 J.Samuels run for no gain to the Clem 17 0  WCQB Direct snap to left
CLM 3 0:53 3 2 50 J.Samuels run for 1 yd to the Clem 49 1  WCQB Direct snap to middle
BC 1 8:17 1 10 BC 42 J.Samuels run for 3 yds to the BC 39 3  WCQB Direct snap to left
BC 2 8:46 2 10 BC 23 J.Samuels run for 4 yds to the BC 19 4  LSL Jet sweep to right
BC 2 3:51 1 10 BC 18 J.Samuels run for 6 yds to the BC 12 6  RSL End around to left
BC 2 2:26 2 G BC 8 J.Samuels run for 8 yds for a TD 8  WCQB Direct snap to left
BC 3 1:54 1 10 NCST 46 J.Samuels run for 3 yds to the NCSt 49 3  WCQB Direct snap to middle
BC 4 8:57 3 2 NCST 25 J.Samuels run for 25 yds to the 50 yard line for a 1ST 25  DTB Backfield hand-off to right
WF 1 5:13 4 2 WAKE 11 J.Samuels run for 11 yds for a TD 11  DTB Backfield hand-off to middle
WF 1 2:35 1 10 NCST 24 J.Samuels run for 1 yd to the NCSt 25 1  LHB Orbit motion pitch right
WF 3 13:46 1 10 NCST 22 J.Samuels run for 20 yds to the NCSt 42 for a 1ST 20  LHB Jet sweep to right
WF 3 9:26 2 5 NCST 25 J.Samuels run for 2 yds to the NCSt 27 2  LSL Jet sweep to right
WF 3 4:07 1 10 NCST 37 J.Samuels run for 4 yds to the NCSt 46 fumbled 4  I-PI Backfield hand-off to left
WF 3 3:53 4 1 WAKE 42 J.Samuels run for 11 yds to the WFrst 31 for a 1ST 11  LSL Jet sweep to right
WF 4 15:00 2 G WAKE 4 J.Samuels run for a loss of 4 yds to the WFrst 8 -4  I-PI Backfield hand-off to left
NC 1 13:24 2 8 UNC 43 J.Samuels run for a loss of 1 yd to the NCaro 44 -1  DTB Backfield hand-off to middle
NC 1 7:06 2 2 NCST 34 J.Samuels run for 5 yds to the NCSt 39 for a 1ST 5  RSL End around to left
NC 1 7:06 1 10 NCST 39 J.Samuels run for 11 yds to the 50 yard line for a 1ST 11  RSL Reverse to left side
NC 2 6:49 2 G UNC 4 J.Samuels run for a loss of 1 yd to the NCaro 5 -1  WCQB Direct snap to right
NC 3 9:38 1 10 UNC 20 J.Samuels run for 13 yds to the NCaro 7 for a 1ST 13  RSL Jet sweep to left
NC 4 1:45 2 10 UNC 26 J.Samuels run for 16 yds to the NCaro 10 for a 1ST 16  DTB Backfield hand-off to middle
NC 4 1:33 1 G UNC 10 J.Samuels run for 10 yds for a TD 10  DTB Backfield hand-off to right
ASU 1 12:30 2 G ASU 2 J.Samuels run for a loss of 2 yds to the ArzSt 4 -2  RHB Jet sweep to left
ASU 1 5:27 4 2 ASU 39 J.Samuels run for 4 yds to the ArzSt 35 for a 1ST 4  WCQB Direct snap to right
ASU 1 3:06 2 10 ASU 18 J.Samuels run for 13 yds to the ArzSt 5 for a 1ST 13  RSL End around to left
ASU 4 8:10 2 1 ASU 39 J.Samuels run for 2 yds to the ArzSt 37 for a 1ST 2  DTB Backfield hand-off to right
ASU 4 4:30 2 G ASU 3 J.Samuels run for 1 yd to the ArzSt 2 1  DTB Backfield hand-off to right
ASU 4 4:06 3 G ASU 2 J.Samuels run for 2 yds for a TD 2  WCQB Direct snap to right
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