#26 Khari Samuel

Buck Buchanan Award Candidate
All-America Candidate * Team co-captain
Senior - LB - 6-3 - 240

All-America candidate page

Framingham, Mass. (Framingham) - Team co-captain who begins his second year as the starting middle linebacker ... All-America candidate and Buck Buchanan Award Candidate (top defensive player in I-AA) ... Has the potential to play at the professional level ... Superb athlete with all the tools - great size, runs well and makes plays ... The Sporting News tabs him as the eighth-best linebacker in I-AA and a preseason All-Atlantic 10 pick ... Ranks fourth all-time at UMass in career solo tackles (215), fifth in career total tackles (335) and ninth in career sacks (16.0) ... Recorded double-digit tackle numbers in 21 of his 33 career games ... Has played in 33 career games, making 24 starts ... Also a dominant special teams performer ... Slated to handle the long snapping duties this year ... Redshirted in 1994 ...

1997: Started all 11 games at middle linebacker ... Team tri-captain ... One of 10 finalists (and one of just two non-seniors) for the Buck Buchanan Award ... Named to the New England Football Writers Division I All-New England team ... Second-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection ... Second-team ECAC All-Star selection ... Second on the team and third in the A-10 with 123 total tackles ... Second in the A-10 in tackles-for-loss (17) ... Registered double-digit tackles in eight of 11 games ... Named A-10 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 1), after posting a career-high 19 tackles (11 solo) with three tackles-for-loss in the season-opener vs. Richmond ...Registered 15 tackles (nine solo) with two tackles-for-loss at No. 25 James Madison (Sept. 20) ... Had 12 tackles (11 solo) with one tackle-for-loss at No. 3 Villanova (Oct. 11) ... Registered 12 tackles (eight solo) with two tackles-for-loss and 0.5 sack vs. No. 4 Delaware (Oct. 25) ... Recorded 12 tackles (10 solo) with two tackles-for-loss and one fumble recovery at Boston University (Nov. 8) ... Preseason first-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection (by media and coaches and by ESPN's SportsTicker) ...

1996: Started all 11 games at outside linebacker ... Third-team All-Yankee Conference selection ... Second on the team in tackles and third in Yankee Conference with 118 (77 solo) ... His 77 solo stops ranked sixth on the UMass single season list ... Led the team in sacks with six ... Also had four pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles ... Had seven games with 10 tackles or more ... Posted 11 tackles (eight solo) and one pass breakup in the 28-10 win at Holy Cross (Sept. 14) ... Had 11 tackles (10 solo) with a sack and one pass breakup in the overtime win at Richmond (Sept. 21) ... Recorded 11 tackles (seven solo) with two tackles-for-loss and one sack in the win vs. Northeastern (Sept. 28) ... Posted 13 tackles (seven solo) with one sack in the loss at Rhode Island (Oct. 5) ... Had a season-high 16 tackles (10 solo) and season-high two sacks in the 41-20 win over Buffalo (Oct. 19) ... Made 11 tackles (seven solo) in the loss at New Hampshire (Oct. 26) ... Led the team with 13 tackles (eight solo) while recording three tackles-for-loss, one pass breakup and one forced fumble vs. Maine (Nov. 2) ...

1995: Played in all 11 games, starting the final two games at outside linebacker (Boston University and UConn) ... Recorded 94 tackles (62 solo), including 10 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks ... Forced a team-high five fumbles ... Had one interception, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries ... Second on the team in total tackles (94), solo tackles (62), tackles-for-loss (10) and sacks (7) ... Made 13 tackles (nine solo) in the win at Boston University (Nov. 11) ... Led the team in tackles with 12 (six solo), one sack and one interception (returned for 23 yards) in the 51-0 win over Holy Cross (Sept. 16) .. Registered 12 tackles (11 solo) in the season finale at UConn (Nov. 18) ... Recorded 11 tackles (six solo) and one sack in the win over Lehigh (Oct. 28) ... Had 10 tackles (five solo) in the overtime loss at Maine (Nov. 4) ... Registered 10 tackles (six solo) and one sack in the win at Buffalo (Oct. 14) ... Also saw extensive action on the special teams coverage units, leading the team in special teams tackles ... Returned one kickoff for 15 yards ...

High School: Played for Jack Diatelevi at Framingham ... Averaged 14 tackles per game in his two years as a starter in high school ... Also rushed for over 800 yards in six games as a running back ... Team co-captain as a senior ... First-team All-Bay State and Metro West All-Star choice during his senior year ... Selected to play in the Shriner's All-Star Game ... Also a starter on his high school's lacrosse team ...

Personal: Full name is Khari Iman Mitchell Samuel ... Son of Deborah Samuel and Alvin Mitchell ... Born October 14, 1976 in New York, N.Y. ... Spent the summer prior to his sophomore year working for NBC at the Atlanta Olympics, pushing the camera which followed the leader at the swimming venue ... Majoring in Communications.


    Event Calendar

    July 25
    vs Gridiron Club Golf Event, Pine Hills G.C. TBA
    September 3
    at Florida TBA
    September 10
    vs Boston College 12:00 PM
    September 17
    vs Florida International TBA
    September 24
    vs Mississippi State TBA
    October 1
    vs Tulane TBA
    October 8
    at Old Dominion TBA
    October 15
    vs Louisiana Tech TBA
    October 22
    at South Carolina TBA
    October 29
    vs Wagner TBA
    November 5
    at Troy TBA
    November 19
    at BYU TBA
    November 26
    at Hawai'i TBA
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