Samaje Perine- RB Oklahoma

5-10.7, 233, (PD) 4.57, 7.26 3-C

30 Reps! 30.3" Arms,

4.37 SS, 33" Vert, 9'8" Broad,

Tough, Strong, and Faster Than You'd Think. 

By TOM

This guy is no joke. He stepped on the OK campus, and averaged over 6 YPC in his first two seasons for over 3,000-yards. He also caught 30 pass for 321-yards and 2 TDs in his career. Last season he got a little injured, and they replaced him with the more dynamic Mixon. But he still rushed for over a 1,000-yards, and average 5.4 YPC.

It is easy to forget that it was Perine who broke Oklahoma's all time rushing record, not the troublesome Mixon. Bobs Stoops said he was "a class-character guy," after he kneeled down at the 1-yard line, rather than run up the score with a few seconds left and OK up 18 on OK ST. "What's the point of scoring?" Perine said. "We don't need to run up the score. I did what I thought was the right thing to do." Stoops said later that he was also glad that they didn't have to kickoff again, and just kneeled on the ball to end the game.

He is the strongest runner in the Draft. "With all the great backs there, you don’t ever think that you’re going in as a freshman and going to be the top dog by the end," Perine said. "It’s still surreal, and I haven’t really wrapped my head around it yet, but sooner or later that’ll sink in and I’ll just sit back in amazement. It just speaks volumes about my offensive line through the years." I can't tell how many times he ran into defenders, and popped them back, and they got up slow. He played some wildcat QB. 

He is the antithesis of Mixon, and you do not have to worry about him at all off the field. "I'm just a very awkward person," Perine said. "When you have all these people who want to talk to you and want to hang out with you, I'm like, 'I'm probably way more boring than you are. I don't have anything special to offer you.'" When he leaves the facility coaches will not have to worry about him at all.

When he meets the Mike in the middle of the line on short yardage, he can take the thunder crack hit, spin off, and get the 1st. "It was around my freshman year that I really started lifting weights. It sounds weird, but I really liked the sound," Perine said. "We had metal plates. So the sound of heavy weights clanging off each other, it was addicting to me. I just never stopped and now I'm addicted. At first I didn't have a teacher to teach me how to work out, so I just knew of Curls, Dumbbell Bench and Push-Ups, that was all I knew. That's where I started, and once I got a little more serious about football, I went to Core Speed Gym. Carlos Vega, he really taught me how to work out and what muscles to work out for whatever you're trying to do. I just went from there, and whenever I go home I always try to get in a couple of workouts with him, because he's really good." He is the kind of power back that can help a young QB develop by blocking, wearing down a defense, and catching the ball out of the backfield.

CAREER NOTES: Finished career as OU's all-time leading rusher (4,122 yards) despite turning pro after just three seasons ... holds NCAA single-game rushing record (427 yards vs. Kansas in 2014) ... ranks fourth in OU history with 49 rushing touchdowns, fifth with 685 carries and sixth with 4,443 all-purpose yards ... tied for second in school history with six games of at least 200 rushing yards and ranks seventh with 15 games of at least 100 rushing yards.

He hits the hole straight up the middle fast. "I feel like the Texas game this past year was a game that you look back on and say, 'Wow, that was a great game,'" Perine said. "It seemed like we were going back and forth the whole day. When you look back at the film, it really was. It was two titans clashing together. It was a fun game. That environment is just fantastic to play in, so it made it that much better. That was probably one of the best games I played in my entire career at OU [Perine rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns in Oklahoma's 45-40 win]." Excellent speed outside. 

He is a very humble kid who would rather go to the weight room than party. "I feel like my maturity just came naturally to me," Perine said. "I was never one to act out or be the center of attention, I was always quiet, I was always reserved. But it just led to the maturity I have now. There was nothing special anyone did in my life; it was in my personality the whole time. But once I really grew into it, I took that step forward and now here I am." He is strong as an ox, but he also has nimble feet. 

When he gets a lane through the line, he can really show some speed. He ran a 4.57 at 232-pounds at his Proday. "I love Perine. Great kid, hard worker, reliable," a scout said. "He's a team-first player who will fit into a committee approach or can handle all the work. He will be a solid pro back." He is so strong that you forget that he has some nice speed and feet. If you give him a seam he can break the long one for 60-70 yards. He scored on the goal line on a Wildcat run. 

Additional Notes:

Auburn: Mixon is seen as a better receiver out of the backfield, but Perine is an exceptional receiver out of the backfield as well, and he is a much better blocker. He has underrated speed. Great power in his legs to run through tackles. He can really give a great hit to the blitzer. He also gives a huge hit to the D-end when he chips on him on the play action. He is so strong and hits like a horse. When he runs into DBs he pounds them down into the ground. Great slasher. He is so good at slashing through a small hole at full speed.

K-State: He can really bounce around defenders like a pinball ball. He just can't seem to get over that bum ankle. He is just one of the strongest RBs I've ever seen. Not super shifty, but makes nice subtle one-cuts that get him past the LOS. He can run over three defender when he gets to the 2nd level like a tractor. Terrific receiver out of the backfield. There have not been a lot of RBs in history who have his size and power, and his soft natural hands as well. When he catches the ball out of the backfield he hurts DBs on the 2nd and 3rd level. He is playing with a bad ankle this season, and keeps having to limp off the field, and then comes back in and runs hard.

OK ST: He fumbled against OK ST. He average 5.2 YPC, and had 10 TDs coming into the OK ST game. Great in blitz pick up. He can thunder crack the big rusher and stop him cold in the backfield. He will line up as the Wildcat QB and run. He really can make some great cutbacks behind his blockers. He really reads his blockers well. He carries tacklers and knocks them backwards as consistently as anyone.

Combine: 30 Reps- He will take an extra step sometimes when he cuts. Sooth natural hands. He can catch the deep one. Very quick feet.

2016: One of four team captains ... named second-team All-Big 12 by league's coaches and AP ... played in 10 games ... left Kansas State game (10/15) in first quarter due to injury and missed next three contests ... ranked third in Big 12 by averaging 106.0 rushing yards per game ... scored 12 touchdowns on the ground ... averaged 137.5 rushing yards over his six Big 12 outings with nine scores ... ran for 86 yards on 17 carries against Auburn in Sugar Bowl win (1/2) to set OU career rushing record (4,122 yards) ... rushed for a season-high 239 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 37 carries (the most by any player in the Bob Stoops era) in Big 12-title-clinching win against Oklahoma State (12/3) ... named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against OSU ... tallied 160 rushing yards and two scores on 31 carries in snowy conditions in victory at West Virginia (11/19) ... rushed for 100 yards and two TDs on a team-high 23 carries against Baylor (11/12) after missing previous three games ... totaled 214 rushing yards and pair of TDs on 35 carries in win over Texas (10/8) ... an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree for second straight year ... named 2016 Preseason All-Big 12.

Perine Vs Auburn:

He is a willing blocker, and not just willing blocker, but usually an excellent blocker (:01). That wasn't great blitz pickup, but he kept Lawson off the QB just enough (:10). He is really more of a hitter, like a FB, than a form blocker. But he can give a good wallop (:26). He is a power runner who stays behind his blockers (:34). His O-linemen will like him.

He knocked Lawson off his spin and onto the ground (:56). He ran out of a shotgun offense, and had to run a lot of Draws (1:01). When you gave him a crack, he was happy to run for five, and power for two more (1:08). He is not going to make a DB miss with a shimmy-shimmy-shake. He is a speed to power runner, who makes guys miss with the quick one cut (1:44). He always falls forward (1:51). He slammed in behind his blocker and knocked defenders back with his O-linemen, and fell forward.

He was always looking to hit rushers, and he is solid as a rock (1:58). He can even look a little a nifty sometimes, and then he turned and hit the rusher with another solid shot (2:08). When you gave him a lane he knocked defenders to the ground on the second level (2:31). He lowered his shoulder and turtled that guy (2:37). The pile always moved backwards when he hit it (2:44). He can be straight linish (3:04). But he is always moving forward.

As the game goes on the holes got bigger. That is what he will bring to a team. The DBs fell like bowling pins (3:39). Even when he was stopped, a lot of defenders ended up on the ground (4:00). He was good in pass pro, but if he grabbed shirt he would be great (4:05). Watch how he waited for a blitzer then chipped badly on the big DT. But watch what happened. The QB took off, and he led him outside. Watch the hit on the LB that made him turtle on the ground.

He has some nifty feet when he got a chance to use them he can look quick. He is a nice one-cut runner. Watch him hop inside for the TD (4:37). Lead blocking for Dede (4:51). He ran through the DT. Then straight armed his blocker into three defenders. It took five guys to get him down (4:58). You didn't see it on this Tape, but when you can get him out in space he was fast and dangerous at 230-pounds (5:06). He wore defenses down. Watch the two quick one-cuts to the outside to make defenders miss, and then the spiking straight arm (5:14). That was not his best Tape, but we saw that when he gets a lane his blend of speed and power can really hurt a defense. That is how RBs help QBs.

Perine Vs Auburn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUzo5zu2uYg

Perine's Official Bio:

Season GP-GS Rush Yds. Avg. TD Long Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long
2014 13-8 263 1713 6.5 21 66 15 108 7.2 0 19
2015 13-13 226 1349 6.0 16 72 15 107 7.1 1 20
2016 10-9 196 1060 5.4 12 66 10 106 10.6 1 29
Career 36-30 685 4122 6.0 49 72 40 321 8.0 2 29

CAREER NOTES: Finished career as OU's all-time leading rusher (4,122 yards) despite turning pro after just three seasons ... holds NCAA single-game rushing record (427 yards vs. Kansas in 2014) ... ranks fourth in OU history with 49 rushing touchdowns, fifth with 685 carries and sixth with 4,443 all-purpose yards ... tied for second in school history with six games of at least 200 rushing yards and ranks seventh with 15 games of at least 100 rushing yards.

2016: One of four team captains ... named second-team All-Big 12 by league's coaches and AP ... played in 10 games ... left Kansas State game (10/15) in first quarter due to injury and missed next three contests ... ranked third in Big 12 by averaging 106.0 rushing yards per game ... scored 12 touchdowns on the ground ... averaged 137.5 rushing yards over his six Big 12 outings with nine scores ... ran for 86 yards on 17 carries against Auburn in Sugar Bowl win (1/2) to set OU career rushing record (4,122 yards) ... rushed for a season-high 239 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 37 carries (the most by any player in the Bob Stoops era) in Big 12-title-clinching win against Oklahoma State (12/3) ... named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against OSU ... tallied 160 rushing yards and two scores on 31 carries in snowy conditions in victory at West Virginia (11/19) ... rushed for 100 yards and two TDs on a team-high 23 carries against Baylor (11/12) after missing previous three games ... totaled 214 rushing yards and pair of TDs on 35 carries in win over Texas (10/8) ... an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree for second straight year ... named 2016 Preseason All-Big 12.

2015: An Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection ... named third-team All-American by Phil Steele and honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated ... selected to All-Big 12 First Team (AP, coaches, ESPN.com, Phil Steele) ... semifinalist for Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award ... started all 13 games ... rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught two passes for 23 yards, including career long 20-yard reception, in Orange Bowl against Clemson (12/31) ... rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and caught one pass for 11 yards at Oklahoma State (11/28) ... gained 188 yards and a touchdown (career-long 72-yarder) on 26 carries and caught one pass for 16 yards against TCU (11/21) ... carried 28 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns at Baylor (11/14) ... ran for team-high 95 yards and a score on 13 carries against Iowa State (11/7) ... scored two touchdowns and gained 90 yards on 11 carries at Kansas (10/31) ... ran for season-high 201 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries against Texas Tech (10/24) ... gained 56 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 20 yards at Kansas State (10/17) ... scored a rushing touchdown and gained 36 yards on 10 carries against Texas (10/10) ... rushed 16 times for 65 yards against West Virginia (10/3) ... recorded 152 yards rushing on 22 carries with one touchdown against Tulsa (9/19) ... ran for 78 yards on 23 carries and caught three passes for five yards and his first receiving touchdown at Tennessee (9/12) ... started at running back and ran for 33 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and caught two passes for nine yards against Akron (9/5).

2014: Named Second-Team All-American by the FWAA and Phil Steele, Third Team All-American by the AP, Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and Scout, National Freshman Offensive Player of the Year by Scout and Freshman of the Year by Touchdown Club of Columbus ... selected as Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches, Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year by the AP and 247Sports and Big 12 Freshman of the Year by Athlon Sports ... chosen to All-Big 12 First Team by league’s coaches, AP, 247Sports, Athlon Sports, ESPN.com, FoxSportsSouthwest.com and Phil Steele ... finalist for Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award ... played in all 13 games with starts at running back in all games except Kansas, TCU, West Virginia, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech ... gained 134 rushing yards on 23 carries and caught three passes for 22 yards in Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson (12/29) ... ran for 151 yards and touchdowns on 26 carries and caught one pass for 12 yards before leaving in third quarter with an injury against Oklahoma State (12/6) ... earned Walter Camp National FBS Player of the Week, Athlon Sports National Player of the Week, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week honors after setting an FBS record with 427 rushing yards against Kansas (11/22), scoring five touchdowns and also catching one pass for 19 yards ... earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 213 yards, including a career-long 64-yard run, on 25 carries at Texas Tech (11/15) ... ran five times for 21 yards against Baylor (11/8) ... ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and caught career-high three passes for 15 yards at Iowa State (11/1) ... rushed for 89 yards and a score on 24 carries and caught two passes for seven yards against Kansas State (10/18) ... ran 18 times for 62 yards and a score and caught two passes for six yards against Texas (10/11) ... scored three rushing touchdowns, gained 87 yards on 25 carries and caught one pass for eight yards at TCU (10/4) ... earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and Athlon Sports National Freshman of the Week honors after running for 242 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries at West Virginia (9/20) ... rushed for a team-high 67 yards on nine carries and caught one pass for 13 yards against Tennessee (9/13) ... gained 33 yards on 10 carries and caught his first career pass for six yards at Tulsa (9/6) ... rushed for game-high 77 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown against Louisiana Tech (8/30) in Sooners debut.

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