2016 Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring
2015 Spring Big Plays Award - Offense
Standout wide receiver and all-purpose performer who is an awards candidate in his junior campaign... top returning receiver on the squad with 71 career catches for 944 yards... has scored nine career touchdowns - six on the ground, two receiving and one kickoff return... has also thrown one touchdown pass... tied the school’s single-game record with 14 receptions and set Birmingham Bowl records with 14 catches for 190 yards against USF... has started 13 of the 15 games in which he’s appeared over the past two seasons.
2016: Sophomore who 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... led the squad with 59 catches for 783 yards... also rushed 15 times for 98 yards and six TDs, returned 16 kickoffs for a 26.9-yard average with one score, returned two punts for eight yards and threw a 33-yard touchdown pass... ranked third in the SEC in receptions per game (5.9), fourth in receiving yards per game (78.3), third in kickoff return average and second in all-purpose yardage per game (132.0)... caught two passes for 36 yards at Vandy and scored on an eight-yard run for Carolina’s lone TD... battled hamstring issues throughout the Mississippi State game... did not play against East Carolina, Kentucky or Texas A&M due to the balky hamstring... had four catches for 90 yards against Georgia... tallied eight catches for 106 yards vs. UMass... collected eight catches for 83 yards in the Tennessee win... set then-career highs with nine catches for 125 yards and had a rushing TD against Missouri... scored three times against Western Carolina, two rushing and one on a 100-yard kick return... threw a 33-yard TD pass and returned six kicks for 124 yards against Clemson... had his best game against USF when he tied the school record with 14 receptions and set Birmingham Bowl records with 14 receptions and 190 receiving yards... also scored a rushing touchdown in that contest... garnered the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring honors.
2015: Played in five games making three starts... ranked fourth on the team with 12 receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown... started in the season opener against North Carolina... suffered a hamstring injury in that contest... made his first catch for 10 yards against Kentucky... started and caught two passes for 20 yards against Georgia... continued to have issues with the hamstring and sat out the next seven contests... returned to action against The Citadel and notched four receptions for 27 yards... moved back into the starting lineup for the season finale against Clemson and responded with a career-best performance, logging five catches for 104 yards and a his first career TD, a seven-yard catch... also had a career-long 48-yard reception in that contest... recognized with the Big Plays award for the offense in the spring.
2014: Redshirted as a true freshman... worked with the scout team.
HIGH SCHOOL: "Deebo" played for head coach Mark Hodge at Chapman High School in Inman, S.C.... helped lead the Panthers to an 11-4 record and to the semifinals of the AAA playoffs as a senior... accumulated 166 catches for 2,751 yards and 36 touchdowns during his career... also rushed 133 times for 898 yards and scored 13 times on the ground... collected a school record 53 career TDs... added 94 tackles and 12 interceptions... as a senior logged 61 receptions for 1,184 yards and 15 scores... added 837 yards on the ground with 13 TDs... also scored twice on INTs... named the High School Sports Report Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... caught 78 passes for 1,246 yards and 18 scores as a junior... also had a kick return and a punt return for a touchdown... played mainly defensive back and some running back as a sophomore... Rivals.com considered him a thee-star prospect, the No. 53 wide receiver in the nation and the 17th-best player in the state... listed as a two-star prospect by Scout.com... considered a four-star prospect, the fifth-best player in the state, the 35th-best wide receiver in the nation, and is No. 238 overall according to 247Sports.com... ESPN rated him a three-star prospect, the 192nd-best wide receiver in the nation and the 32nd-best player in the state... ranked by PrepStar as a three-star prospect and an All-Atlantic Region pick... selected South Carolina over North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Appalachian State.
PERSONAL: Tyshun Samuel was born January 15, 1996... is a retail management major... the nickname "Deebo" comes from the neighborhood bully character played by actor Tiny Lister in the movie "Friday."