Listed height: 5’10”
Listed weight: 235
Age: 21.4 (turns 22 in September)
High School Ranking: .9033, 4-star (247)
Samaje Perine enjoyed a decorated three-year career as an Oklahoma Sooner. He helped propel his team to a national semifinal and an additional 11-win season, provided countless highlight-reel runs, and left as the highest-achieving rusher in program history. He seized the main role in the backfield from the beginning of his career, setting the all-time NCAA record for single-game rushing yards in his 11th game since being in high school.
That season was his statistical pinnacle, as Joe Mixon and a constantly-depleting offensive line contributed to decrease his production year by year. At some point, despite holding a greater rushing role in the offense, Perine saw the majority of his acclaim and spotlight taken away from him by his counterpart. Nonetheless, the powerful runner continued to work his magic, as he eclipsed Billy Sims’ record for career rushing yards at Oklahoma in his final game. It speaks to Perine’s ability that despite an additional mouth to feed and a weakened blocking group, he still managed to set the juggernaut program’s record in just three seasons.