Curtis Samuel is getting Heisman Trophy love. It is deserved.
Curtis Samuel, Ohio State's junior H-Back, is probably the best player in college football you haven't heard of (unless you're a Buckeyes' fan, of course). Through five games this season, the 5-foot-11, 197-pound prospect has been one of the five to 10 best players in the country.
So far this season, he's totaled:
- 410 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 8.2 yards a carry
- 345 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 15 yards a catch
None of those numbers probably jump out as ridiculous, but when added up together, and progressed out over the course of a 12-game season, they are.
If Samuel keeps up this pace over Ohio State's next seven games, he'll finish the season with:
- 984 rushing yards and seven touchdowns
- 828 receiving yards and seven touchdowns
- 1,812 total offensive yards, 14 total touchdowns
Samuel isn't at 1,000 rushing yards/1,000 receiving yards pace, but he's close. And that's ridiculously impressive on its own. No FBS player in history has ever finished the regular season with 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards.
Making history is in sight for Samuel. Will he make it? We'll see. But even if he doesn't, he'll almost surely end the season with an All-American/Heisman Trophy-level year.
Samuel and Ohio State are set to take on Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. on Saturday at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ABC.