The NFL Draft is one way to gauge how well a staff is preparing and developing their athletes for a profession career in football. According to NFL scouts and coaches, the Oregon State staff and their athletes are doing something right. Mike Riley's men enjoyed an unprecedented Draft Day.[details]
2007 (Senior): Stroughter (straw-ter) earned Third Team Associated Press All-American honors last season as an all-purpose player and enters the year as a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s premier receiver...one of the most dangerous players in the conference as a receiver and punt returner...10th at OSU for career receiving yards with 1,351 and has a legitimate chance to finish in the top three at the school for yards...needs 35 receptions to break into OSU’s career top-10; he has 79...already owns the school record for punt returns for touchdowns with three, one short of the Pac-10 record...Rivals.com rated him eighth in its preseason receiver rankings...co-team captain.
2006 (Junior): Stroughter earned Pac-10 Second Team as a receiver and punt returner...Associated Press Third Team All-American as an all-purpose player...set up OSU’s game winning drive in the Sun Bowl with a 39-yard punt return...also scored in the Sun Bowl on a 13-yard reception from Matt Moore in the first quarter...Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 16 after making seven catches for 223 yards and one touchdown (80 yds) against Washington...223 yards was the second-highest number in the conference and the fourth-highest ever at OSU...also named Special Teams Player of the Week for Oct. 30 after returning a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in the win over No. 3 USC...74 receptions tied for fifth in a single season at OSU and his 1,293 receiving yards ranked fourth for a single season...accounted for a school record 470 punt return yards and a school record three punt returns for touchdowns...had an OSU first back-to-back games (EWU, BSU) with punt returns for a touchdown...second in the Pac-10 and third in the nation for punt return yards per attempt at 15.7...led the Pac-10 and was 10th in the nation for receiving yards per game at 92.4...also had an 80-yard touchdown reception in the win over No. 24 Hawai’i...one of three finalists for the inaugural Randy Moss Return Man of the Year...Sports Illustrated rated him the 13th-best receiver in the NCAA...first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
2005 (Sophomore): Sammie made five receptions for 58 yards as a backup, including a career-high three grabs for 21 yards at UCLA...returned at least one punt in every game and finished the year eighth in the Pac-10 with a 6.5 average...a long punt return of 29 yards against Washington State...also had nine kickoff returns, including a 29 effort at UCLA...second team Pac-10 Conference All-Academic selection.
2004 (Freshman): Sammie was one of six true-freshmen to play...appeared in all 12 games...became the team’s primary punt returner over the course of the season...had a 52-yard return early in the first quarter of the Insight Bowl against Notre Dame, setting up the Beavers at the Irish 27 – OSU scored the game’s first touchdown four plays later...finished ninth in the Pac-10 for punt return yards per attempt at 7.0...also returned eight kickoffs during the middle of the season with a career-long of 37 against California.
Personal: Born in Vallejo, California...son of Andrea Brown...his mother is a nurse ...has an older brother, Eric Blair, and an older sister, Cam Blair...honored by the National Football Foundation in March of 2004 for academic and athletic excellence...enjoys playing video games, working out and training...selected OSU because “I love the vibes I had when I first arrived at OSU. It is a family-oriented scenario and the coaches treated me like family. I felt like it was home away from home”...majoring in sociology and is on track to graduate in March.
The Good: A tough, undersized wideout who's been through it all but has the mindset to handle adversity. Displays a good burst and first step off the line with the elusiveness to make corners miss on the bump. Is very natural working the middle of the field and gets in and out of his routes quickly. Is dangerous after the catch and has potential as a punt and kick returner at the next level. A natural receiver with consistent hands. The Bad: Is undersized and lacks the strength to hold up on the outside in the NFL. Is re-routed too easily off the line and is consistently taken down by arm tackles in space.