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Posted Jan 29, 2010

IT'S THE PENULTIMATE installment on the BF.C All-Decade team, an exclusive feature comprising 27 articles in 29 days. This player returned a school record three punts for touchdowns during his Beaver career...

NOTE: To be eligible for the BF.C All-Decade Team the players must have played at least 50-percent of their careers this decade (2000-2009) at Oregon State. For the all-time letter winners visit

Discuss our selections on the BF.C message boards with your Beaver brethren. For the released articles so far, click here.


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Lettered at OSU: 2004-08
High school: Granite Bay HS | Granite Bay, CA
Awards/All-conference: 2008 first team All-Pac-10, 2006 second team All-Pac-10, 2006 third team Associated Press All-American

What others say: Oregon State coach Mike Riley - “Sammie is the most fun guy day to day I’ve ever come across.  It’s like his ethic is to just come out and love what he’s doing, practice with enthusiasm, work hard and have fun. He’s one of the best college players I’ve coached at any position.”

Career synopsis:  Another easy selection Sammie Stroughter is by far the most dangerous punt returner in Beaver football history.

His three punt returns for touchdowns is a school record while his career punt returns (127) and punt return yards (1,235) are also school records.

One of his most memorable returns was against USC in 2006 when he returned a punt 70-yards to pay dirt.

Another big time return came against Missouri in the '06 Sun Bowl when he fielded a punt with a just a couple of minutes left in the game deep in Beaver territory. He slipped a diving defender and weaved his way up the sideline to setup the offense with great field position to score the game winning touchdown and two point conversion.

Career statistics: 127 punt returns for 1,235 yards and three touchdowns

Runner up: T.J. Houshmanzadeh (1999-2000) - When Houshmanzadeh fielded the pigskin and started his way up field he was looking for someone to punish.

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