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Samaje Perine (born September 16, 1995) is an American football running back for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma, and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Samaje Perine
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Perine with the Washington Redskins in 2017
No. 34 – Cincinnati Bengals
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1995-09-16) September 16, 1995 (age 24)
Jackson, Alabama
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Pflugerville (TX) Hendrickson
College:Oklahoma
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 4 / Pick: 114
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards:635
Rushing average:3.5
Rushing touchdowns:1
Receptions:25
Receiving yards:187
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Perine was born and raised in Jackson, Alabama, but later moved with his family to Pflugerville, Texas, where he attended Hendrickson High School as a member of their football and track and field teams.[1][2] He was a three-year starter at running back for the Hendrickson Hawks football team. He rushed for 1,993 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. In his final year, he rushed for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns.[3]

In track & field, Perine competed in sprints and jumps. At the 2011 Manor Relay, he earned first-place finishes in both the triple jump (46 ft, 0.5 in) and long jump (20 ft, 8 in) events, while also anchoring the 4 × 100 and 4 × 200 relay squads, helping lead them to victory.[4] He recorded a personal-best time of 11.37 seconds in the 100-meter dash in 2011.[5]

Perine was ranked as a four-star recruit and the No. 13 running back in the nation by Rivals.com. In March 2013, he committed to the University of Oklahoma to play college football.[6][7] He also had offers from Alabama, Nebraska, TCU, and Tennessee.[1]

College careerEdit

Perine attended and played college football for the University of Oklahoma from 2014–2016.[8]

2014 seasonEdit

Perine earned immediate playing time as a true freshman at Oklahoma in 2014.[9] In his first career game, he rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown in a victory over Louisiana Tech.[10] In his fourth game, he rushed 242 yards on 34 carries with four touchdowns.[11][12] He rushed for 200 yards a second time, gaining 213 on 25 carries along with three touchdowns against Texas Tech on November 15.[13] Perine rushed for 427 yards on 34 rushes along with six touchdowns in a victory over Kansas, breaking the NCAA FBS single game rushing record set by Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon just a week earlier.[14][15][16] He finished his freshman season with 1,713 rushing yards on 263 carries with 21 touchdowns.[17]

2015 seasonEdit

Perine started the 2015 season with 33 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a victory over the Akron Zips.[18] In the next game, a 2OT win over the #23 Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium, he had 78 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown.[19] In the following game against Tulsa, he had 152 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[20] On October 24, against Texas Tech, he had a season-high 201 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.[21] He followed that up with 90 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns against Kansas in the next game.[22] On November 14, against Baylor, he had 166 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[23] He followed that performance up with 188 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown against TCU.[24] In the annual rivalry game against Oklahoma State, he had 131 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[25] Oklahoma qualified for the College Football Playoff in the 2015 season. They faced off against Clemson in the National Semifinals. In the 37–17 loss in the Orange Bowl, he had 58 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, two receptions, and 23 receiving yards.[26] Overall, in the 2015 season, he finished with 1,349 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, 15 receptions, 107 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.[27]

2016 seasonEdit

Perine started off the 2016 season with 31 rushing yards and 28 receiving yards in a loss to Houston.[28] The next week, he had 58 rushing yard, two rushing touchdowns, and 38 receiving yards in a win over Louisiana–Monroe.[29] On October 1, in a win over TCU, he had 214 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[30] On November 12, against Baylor, he had 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[31] In the following game at West Virginia, he had 160 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[32] On December 3, in the Bedlam game, he had 239 rushing yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma State.[33] He broke the school career rushing yard record on January 2, 2017 with 86 rushing yards and a touchdown against Auburn at the Allstate Sugar Bowl passing Billy Sims with a total of 4,122 yards.[34][35] He finished the 2016 season with 1,060 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 10 receptions, 106 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.[36] After the season, Perine decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[37]

StatisticsEdit

Samaje Perine Rushing Receiving
Year Team GP GS Att Yards Avg Long TDs Rec Yards TDs
2014 Oklahoma 13 8 263 1,713 6.5 66 21 15 108 0
2015 Oklahoma 13 13 226 1,349 6.0 72 16 15 107 1
2016 Oklahoma 10 9 196 1,060 5.4 66 12 10 106 1
College Totals 36 30 685 4,122 6.0 72 49 40 321 2

Source:[38]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 58 in
(1.79 m)
233 lb
(106 kg)
30 38 in
(0.77 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.65 s 1.62 s 2.70 s 4.37 s 7.26 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine[39][40]

Washington RedskinsEdit

 
Perine playing against the Oakland Raiders in his rookie year.

The Washington Redskins selected Perine in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[41] He was the ninth running back selected in that year's draft.[42][43] On May 11, 2017, Perine signed a four-year, $3.05 million contract with the team.[44]

2017 seasonEdit

Perine joined a committee backfield of Chris Thompson, Robert Kelley, and Mack Brown. After the two starters combined for 34 yards in Week 1, Perine debuted September 17 against the Los Angeles Rams with 21 rushes for 67 yards.[45] Despite being granted the majority of the team's rushes, he had fewer yards than either Thompson (78) or Kelley (77).[46] In Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders, he again led the team in carries with 19 but for only 49 yards, and was moved back into a supporting role. Perine collected just 59 rushing yards total in Weeks 4-9, though he did pick up his first career touchdown on a three-yard reception from Kirk Cousins against San Francisco in Week 6.[47]

After nine rushes for 35 yards and a 25-yard reception in Week 9, Perine moved back to starting following injuries to both Thompson and Kelley.[48] He had success in Week 10 with 23 rushes for 117 yards, as well as his first career rushing touchdown against the New Orleans Saints,[49] marking the first 100-yard rushing game for the Redskins of the season. He followed this up the following week with 24 rushes for 100 yards against the New York Giants, marking first Redskin with consecutive yard games of over 100 yards since Alfred Morris in 2013.[50][51] Overall, he finished his rookie season with 603 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to go along with 22 receptions for 182 yards and a receiving touchdown.[52]

2018 seasonEdit

In a backfield where new arrival Adrian Peterson recorded most of the carries, Perine had eight carries for 32 yards in five games in the 2018 season.[53][54]

On August 31, 2019, Perine was waived by the Redskins.[55]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

On September 1, 2019, Perine was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals.[56]

Personal lifeEdit

During his time in high school and Oklahoma, Perine was noted for his acts of great physical strength, such as helping lift a car to help a fellow student who did not have a car jack change a flat tire.[57] Jerry Schmidt, strength coach of the Sooners, stated that he could often out bench press most of the team's lineman, with his max being 440 lbs. Schmidt also noted that nobody else on the team was able to top Perine's max squat (540 lbs), power clean (380 lbs), or incline bench (315 lbs) numbers.[57][58]

Perine's cousin, Lamical Perine, currently plays running back for the Florida Gators.[59]

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