Overview
Sammie Stroughter is a wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected him with the 233rd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Stroughter played four seasons at Oregon State. Stroughter is 6-feet tall and weighs 186 pounds. His last name is pronounced STRAW-ter.
Prep Career
Stroughter played wide receiver, running back, defensive back and kick returner at Granite Bay High School in Granite Bay, CA. Playing an all-purpose role as a senior, Stroughter rushed for 986 yards, caught 31 passes for 618 yards and scored a combined 21 touchdowns from scrimmage. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 48 athlete in the class of 2004, and he chose Oregon State over Boise State.
2004
Stroughter played 12 games as a true freshman and became the Beavers primary punt returner.
2005
As a sophomore, Stroughter had five receptions for 58 yards on offense, and averaged 6.5 yards per punt return.
2006
Stroughter burst on to the national scene as a junior, when he racked up 74 receptions for 1,293 yards and five touchdowns. He had an even bigger impact in the return game, returning 41 punts for 470 yards and three touchdowns. His 15.7 yards per return average ranked third in the nation and only DeSean Jackson had more punt return touchdowns in 2006. Stroughter was a second team All-Pac-10 selection and earned third team All-America honors as a return man.
2007
Stroughter was expected to build upon those numbers in 2007, but he suffered multiple deaths in his family in the summer of 2007, forcing him to take a leave of absence from Oregon State. Initially he announced he would miss the entire season, but he returned after the season opener to play three games. He had 15 receptions before suffering a bruised kidney against Arizona State that kept him out for the remainder of the season.
2008
Stroughter was granted a medical redshirt for the 2007 season, and returned healthy in 2008. He led the Pac-10 with 1,040 receiving yards on 70 receptions, scoring seven touchdowns. He also averaged 10.3 yards on punt returns, earning first team All-Pac-10 honors. After the 2008 season, Stroughter was invited to participate in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game, where he caught two passes for 31 yards in a losing effort for the West team.
NFL Career
Stroughter was selected in the seventh round (233rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before the 2009 season, Stroughter signed a contract with Tampa Bay. Terms were not disclosed.

In Week 6 of the 2009 season, Stroughter recorded just the third kickoff return touchdown in franchise history. In Week 9, he caught the game-winning touchdown from fellow rookie Josh Freeman to give Tampa Bay its first win of the season. Stroughter's rookie season ended after suffering a broken foot in Week 15 against the Seahawks. His 31 receptions were the ninth-most by a rookie in Buccaneers history.
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