South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel is a talented football player, but is he Heisman good?
His quarterback, Jake Bentley, says so.
When asked if Samuel should be in the Heisman conversation on Tuesday, Bentley said,Â â€œI definitely think so. You see just how he changes the game by himself. If one man can change the game that much, I definitely think he deserves to be on that list and getting national attention because heâ€™s just a dynamic player and just an explosive player to have on our team.”
Samuel has been outstanding through two games thus far with two receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and, of course, the two 97-yard kick returns for touchdowns. He has been the key to South Carolina’s 2-0 start and his head coach, Will Muschamp, wonders if there is another player in the country who has impacted a team’s first two games as much as Samuel. For that, Muschamp also thinks Samuel’s name should be in the early Heisman talks. “Absolutely,” Muschamp said Tuesday.
Then there are some outside the South Carolina locker room who agree, like ESPN’s Matt Schtick, who included Samuel in his top-five players for the Heisman trophy through two weeks:
1) Lamar Jackson
1b) Baker Mayfield
3) Josh Rosen
4) Saquon Barkley
5) Deebo Samuel
— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) September 11, 2017
Here’s what UK head coach Mark Stoops had to say when he raved about Samuel on Monday:
â€œHeâ€™s electric, heâ€™s a playmaker, heâ€™s got great vision. Like any great returner, youâ€™ve gotta have top-end speed. He obviously has top-end speed to make people miss, but he also have vision. Thatâ€™s when you know you have a very good football player. He does a lot of things. They want the ball in his hands, heâ€™s got quick-hand touches, he does things on reverses, little fly sweeps, punt and kick returns â€” many different ways. Obviously theyâ€™ll isolate him to get you one-on-one in the passing game.”
Now it’s Kentucky’s job to take Samuel’s name out of the Heisman conversation by keeping him out of the end zone this Saturday. It’s no easy task, but it’ll have to be done if the Cats plan on taking a 3-0 record into Week 4 and the Florida game.