4 Curtis Samuel

Curtis Samuel Ohio State
usaUnited States
Brooklyn, NY
High School
Erasmus Hall
Past Teams
Ohio State
2014, 2015, 2016

Post-OSU Update: Curtis Samuel left Ohio State after his true junior season and entered the 2017 NFL Draft. He was selected 40th overall (2nd round) by the Carolina Panthers. Samuel has been solid in the NFL, amassing over 300 receptions in 6+ seasons with the Panthers and Commanders. (updated: Dec. 2023)

Major: Family Resource Management (2016), Undeclared (2015)

Weight: 197 (2016), 200 (2015), 190 (2014)

2016 Media Guide: Alongside quarterback J.T. Barrett and fellow H-back Dontre Wilson, junior H-back Curtis Samuel is one of the most experienced offensive weapons on the Buckeye roster with 27 games played, 33 receptions for 384 yards, and 525 rushing yards, a total that is tops among all Buckeyes not named Barrett … he also has the second most plays on offense (excluding Barrett) with 407, trailing only Dontre Wilson’s 573 plays among the skill players … Samuel is truly a terrific talent, and one capable of making a big play every time he touches the football … he has nine plays from scrimmage over 20 yards (four rushing and five receiving) and long gainers of 40 yards on a rush and 40 yards on a reception with both plays coming against Western Michigan in 2015 … also has an impressive career average of 6.9 yards per carry to go along with 11.9 yards per reception … Samuel has nine career touchdowns scored and trails only Barrett (22) in that category … a two-time Varsity O letterwinner.

2015: Samuel played in all 13 games and rushed 17 times for 132 yards (7.8 ypc) and caught 22 passes for 289 yards (13.1 rcg) … moved to H-back during the spring season in order to get onto the playing field more than just as the backup running back to Ezekiel Elliott … had a career-long 40-yard touchdown run against Western Michigan and touchdown receptions of 24 yards vs. Virginia Tech and 30 yards vs. Rutgers … caught a career high seven passes for 53 yards in the win over Hawai’i.

2015 Media Guide: Curtis Samuel is a terrific talent capable of making a big play every time he touches the football … a true sophomore, Samuel practiced and performed his way into playing in 14 games as a true freshman last season on a team loaded with offensive talent … he even earned one start … called one of the “Top 5” playmakers right now in the program by Coach Urban Meyer, he practiced this spring as an H-back/receiver/running back because he has the talent and skill to play all three positions well, and because Meyer and the coaches want to get him on the field … Samuel is exploring majors in industry and management.

2014: Samuel lettered as a true freshman after playing in 14 games for the College Football Playoff national champions … he was Ezekiel Elliott’s backup and finished as the team’s third-leading rusher with 383 yards rushing, six touchdowns and a fine 6.6 yards-per-carry average … his efforts earned him a start against Illinois and he gained 63 yards on nine carries plus scored on touchdown runs of 23 yards and 1 yard … he raced to his first 100-yard game as a collegian with 100 yards off 15 carries against Kent … also had four receptions for 40 yards and scored twice vs. Kent, on 3- and 1-yard runs … a third multi-touchdown day came in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin with TD runs covering 12 yards and 1 yard … had 11 receptions on the season for 95 yards … also contributed on special teams and was second on the team with 12 kickoff returns for a 20.5-yard average.

2014 Media Guide: Curtis Samuel was one of six from his recruiting class of 2014 to enroll into classes at Ohio State in January … he came to Ohio State a consensus four-star prospect by all four recruiting services and he was among the Top 100 players in the nation according to 247Sports (No. 46), Rivals (No. 49) and Scout (No. 60) … listed on the ESPN 300 (No. 153) … rated as the No. 9 receiver by Scout, No. 5 athlete by 247Sports and No. 8 receiver by Rivals.

High School: Samuel rushed for 1,461 yards, averaged 15.8 yards per rush and scored 17 touchdowns in 2013 and helped his 10-2 Dutchmen team, coached by Danny Landberg, to a second appearance in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) city title game … named New York’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior … rushed for 446 yards and scored six touchdowns in 2013 city league playoffs … had an 80-yard kickoff return TD vs. John F. Kennedy and had a 75 yard TD run vs. Tottenville in the title game … invited to U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Samuel averaged 11.5 yards per carry as a junior while rushing for 1,047 yards and 13 touchdowns … he also had three receiving touchdowns and two punt return touchdowns as a junior while helping Erasmus to an undefeated season and a first-ever PSAL title … the New York Daily News named Samuel its city player of the year in 2012 … state runner-up in the 55-meter dash in spring 2013.

Personal: Parents are Nicole Samuel, step-father Roy Armstead and father Curtis Council.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLostKRKR YdsKR AvgKR TDPRPR YdsPR AvgPR TD
2014Ohio State151583836.66NA11958.60340001224620.500000
2015Ohio State131171327.81NA2228913.1240011920723.000000
2016Ohio State1312977717.98NA7486511.777902000006193.20