O'Maury Samuels

Submitted by DonBrownIsAStr… on November 12th, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Sorry if I'm missing anything here but wondering why we're not seeing him? I get that they're trying to preserve Turner's redshirt but since Samuels has already played in 5 games this year, wondering why we haven't used him in any of the recent blowouts.


Reggie Dunlop

November 12th, 2018 at 3:18 PM ^

Seriously.  If he plays his 4 games, then just don't play him a 5th. This isn't Rashan Gary we're talking about. It's the 3rd string QB. We don't need him. At all. We made it through 10 games with him playing scattered snaps in just 2 of them. We have potentially 5 games left. We'll make it.


November 12th, 2018 at 5:53 PM ^

I only started getting obsessed with Milton after McCaffery got hurt.


You need 2 capable QBs in case of injury (even a minor ding) or an equipment issue.  If, God forbid, shea gets injured....we need milton as the backup.  Worst case scenario is Shea gets hurt and Peter's helmet pops off for a play.  Do you burn Milton's redshirt over that?  I suppose you could go wildcat for a play...


November 12th, 2018 at 4:29 PM ^

I agree that Milton is third string. That means he needs to be ready to go. If Patterson gets knocked out of a game for whatever reason, we're down to 2 serious options. If Peters then gets something that knocks him out for even a few plays Milton goes in. Hopefully both Peters and Milton will get significant reps against Indiana.


November 13th, 2018 at 6:38 AM ^

He did drop back to pass against Rutgers and bailed out of the pocket to quick and was sacked.  To me he looked lost on that play.  He isn't ready and will not be ready for extended play this season.  Peters is the backup. 

If Milton is needed and his red shirt is burned, so be it.  Let's hope he isn't needed because the team would be in trouble if he is playing a lot of plays.


November 12th, 2018 at 11:10 PM ^

I think the point was Harbaugh wanted to get Milton some snaps in a game on the road, just in case he might need him in Columbus or elsewhere afterwards.

Obviously, the red-shirt is not as important as the Ohio State game and the post-season, but I think Harbaugh would prefer to keep that option if he could, especially looking to the next few seasons ahead. I would expect to see a lot of Peters versus Indiana in relief of Patterson. If not, we'll know that Milton is definitely #2, and  that the coaching staff doesn't have a lot of faith in either Milton or Peters.


November 12th, 2018 at 3:04 PM ^

We have Higdon, Evans, Tru, and Mason getting carries. He has a lot of people ahead of him and Samuels hasn't exactly impressed when he does get runs

He has elite speed but he never showcases it because he cant break through the line. I hope he can learn to find the holes better


November 12th, 2018 at 9:50 PM ^

Berkley Edwards is not good at all. Michael Sessa played against Rutgers, too. I think the Rutgers game for Edwards was basically this:

"Hey, if Berkley doesn't run the ball this week, he's never going to run the ball at Michigan. So let's go ahead and give him the ball so he can have some stories to tell along with Stan and Braylon and he won't feel so left out at Thanksgiving dinner."


November 12th, 2018 at 10:40 PM ^

For starters I was as high as anybody on Samuels when he was coming in and still think he will become a good RB so you can drop the defensive bullshit

In his limited time he hasn't shown he can provide anything this year. We have Tru, Evans, and Mason who we still need to prep for bigger games

You can tell if a player is ready or not based off of limited carries. Tru came in this year and you immediately knew he would be a contributor after only a few carries. Turner came in and you could tell he is going to be a good RB in the future. Samuels hasn't shown that yet. As I said he has the elite speed and is an athletic freak but he cant find the holes yet

4th and Go For It

November 12th, 2018 at 3:07 PM ^

If Gray ends up in the class, have to wonder if some of these current RBs don’t start looking around. Turner got some camp buzz. Haskins was “coming on” during year but maybe kinda still could be a LB? Evans and Wilson seem to have their roles for next year and after that it’s gonna be an all out battle for snaps with one or possibly two outstanding freshman backs.

Had high hopes for Samuels coming in. Hope he can emerge next spring.


November 12th, 2018 at 6:36 PM ^

"Impressive" depth is a bit premature, no?

Consider that

- 2 on that list are HS kids (one of which is leaning TN), 

- Turner with a 13 (promising) career snaps

- Samuels with 19 (not promising) career snaps

- Haskins is a 4th string LB

- Bench is not a RB.

- I don't think anyone wants to see Evans in a feature RB position.

I would argue that Charbonnet is the only RB suitable for #1 RB.  thankfully he is enrolling early.






November 12th, 2018 at 3:08 PM ^

Was wondering the same thing.  I wasn't able to watch this game so I headed over to the box score to see if my fellow New Mexican got in the game, then I had a sad. Really want him to be successful at Michigan!


November 12th, 2018 at 3:10 PM ^

I don't know the answer, but I do know there is a tremendous amount of talent in almost every position on this team.  The fact of the matter is Omaury is probably 4 or 5th in the depth chart and snaps have been hard to come by for anyone that deep in the lineup chart.  I do not believe this means O'Maury is never going to play or is looking to transfer (not that you were insuating this), but this is a potential CFP team.  O'Maury will hopefully be part of the reloading rather than the rebuilding of this team in the next 3-4 years.