McGuffie warming up prior to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 3, 2008.
|No. 83 Oakland Raiders|
|Date of birth:October 16, 1989|
|Place of birth: Cypress, Texas|
|Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)||Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)|
|Undrafted in 2013|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Oakland Raiders ( 2013–present)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Samuel Terrence McGuffie (born October 16, 1989) is a professional football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He played his freshman season of college football at Michigan before transferring to Rice in order to be closer to family in his native state of Texas.
High school career[edit | edit source]
McGuffie starred as a high school running back for Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas, where he rushed for a total of 5,847 yards in 699 total carries and scored 83 touchdowns. Those numbers include a junior season where he carried the ball 358 times for 3,121 yards and also scored 44 touchdowns.
McGuffie's stellar career at high school garnered a lot of attention from college football scouts. He was voted the tenth best running back in the country by Scout.com. McGuffie was also rated a four star recruit by Rivals.com, who also ranked him as the ninth best running back in the nation
McGuffie became a YouTube star during his High School days. Most notably for hurdling over a defender, stepping on his back and continue running for the touchdown.
College career[edit | edit source]
Michigan[edit | edit source]
McGuffie was recruited heavily coming out of high school. He made his verbal commitment to play for Michigan live on the local television station KPRC. When Rich Rodriguez took over as the head coach of Michigan, McGuffie had doubts on whether to stay, though in the end he remained to be committed to Michigan. He attributed the decision to stay in Michigan in large part due to the presence of the running backs coach Fred Jackson.
McGuffie started as a true freshman for Michigan and scored his first touchdown in a loss to Utah. When Michigan played at the University of Notre Dame, McGuffie had a breakout game, in which he rushed for 131 yards and also added 47 yards receiving with a touchdown.
McGuffie suffered three concussions during his freshman season.
McGuffie's last down in a Michigan Wolverine uniform occurred Nov. 22, 2008, when he returned a kick-off during the first quarter of the Michigan-Ohio State game. He was tackled by Ohio State's Austin Spitler and Jamario O'Neal after an 11-yard return, the hit resulting in his third concussion of the season. He subsequently left the field, never to return; not only was it the only time in his career that he carried the ball against the Buckeyes, but it was the last time he would touch the ball as a Wolverine.
On December 12, 2008, McGuffie decided not to come back to University of Michigan.
Rice University[edit | edit source]
McGuffie transferred to Rice University after his freshman season at Michigan to be closer to home. During his first year at Rice, McGuffie had the third highest rushing yardage total of any back in Conference USA, with 883 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also had receiving totals of 384 yards and 3 touchdowns, making him one of only three players in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision to gain both 880 yards rushing and 380 yards receiving in 2010. McGuffie missed several games during the 2011 season because of injuries including the last 5 games of the season. In the Spring of the 2012 season, McGuffie moved to a new role as a slot receiver and wide receiver. McGuffie is currently the leading receiver for the Owls.
Professional Career[edit | edit source]
Personal life[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Tailback McGuffie leaves Michigan". http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081212/SPORTS0201/812120445/1265/SPORTS08.
- "YouTube - Running Back Sam McGuffie Verbally Commits". Youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z0oAjljN_s. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- "U-M RECRUITING: Sam McGuffie struggled with Michigan pick - almost went to Cal | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press". Freep.com. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080209/SPORTS06/80209002/1054. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- "Report: Sam McGuffie set to enroll at Rice". http://www.freep.com/article/20090102/SPORTS06/90102042/1048/sports.