Sam McGuffie

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    Jacob Hester played for the NCAA Champion, ran for 1000 yards in SEC football against the same "invincible black superhumans" that populate NFL football, yet the Chargers don't look to be playing him.

    Like WHITE NOISE, I never heard of this guy until this year. But I already know it would take a miracle for Sam McGuffie to make an NFL roster as anything other than a fullback or special teams player.
     
  2. whiteathlete33

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    I like that positive thinking BACKROW. This kid is one of a few white players that will not be denied. There is nothing to knock on him about. He faster than 99 percent of other runningbacks, has great vision, and can move the football. Wouldn't it be great if several years from now he's a starting runningback in the NFL.
     
  3. Gi-15

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    There is nothing else than injury that can stop McGuffie from behing an NFL back. He's got it all.

    How can you guys have never heard of Sam? He's got to be the best white prospect in the decade! We talk about him in the forums since he's a junior in HS!
     
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    yes, hester was an amazing player, and as of right now, his NFL career isn't looking so great. however, hester had more of the body and playing style of an athletic fullback in college. although he has a great burst and good speed, his main usage was between the tackles, one cut, and knock over a strong safety. and LSU used him as their power guy, almost exclusively on 3rd and 4th and short.

    McGuffie, however, is night and day different from Hester. he is of a lot smaller build. physically, he is more gifted in the speed range, but doenst shine in blocking and power running as hester did. McGuffie can make many cuts without loosing much speed and takes it to the outside with ease. his size (or lack of), speed, and great lateral movement will keep him as a HB in the NFL. this will be a great opportunity, as teams wont be able to move him to a less threatening position to knowingly stop his success in the NFL (the way it seems to have happened with leonard and hester). perhaps he will be viewed as a special teams player, but i dont remember the last time that a freshman started and put up good numbers in the big ten and was not given the opportunity to play RB in the NFL. he just needs to keep improving and im sure he will get his shot.
     
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    Man I hope you guys are right about Sam getting a shot in the NFL. I just can't help but think that way things are he will not. Look at all the promising white running backs in college that never touched an NFL field unless they bought a ticket to a game.
     
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    While he is a emerging superstar, don't be suprised if they make him into a wide receiver or punt/kickoff returner. I know how the league works as do you guys. We have seen our guys get screwed for decades now. Until he gets drafted, and starts every week for an nfl team for several years, I will have my doubts. There is no doubt that he can play at any level. The question is will he get the chance? Also, just like with Leonard, he went to a team with a pro bowl back S.Jackson. Hester went to a team with the nfls best rb in L.Tomlinson. How do we know he will go to a team that will even bother to play him. Look at Mike Hass. It doesn't matter if you break every record in college, the nfl will still snub you as quick as a blink of an eye. Sam can win the heisman and still never play a down of rb in the nfl. I hope I'm wrong. I will put his chances at 50% at best because of how the league works.
     
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    Sam is going to run a sub 4.4 at the NFL combine though if he gets an invite as well as blow them away in the other drills. Sam is also "very" elusive and is exactly the type of back the NFL covets. That is one less thing the NFL can hold against him. They will only have his skin color.

    Hester and Mike Hass were 4.6 guys, which is only fast enough if you are black. But I agree, McGuffie is going to have to be downright dominant at this level and the next or the drunk white fans and "Rivals" Yahooligan media will disparage his talent. He won't be afforded the same mistakes or growing pains.
     
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    I also forgot to mention that McGuffie has more media exposure than Luke Staley being that he's at Michigan. The Mountain West Conference was considered weak at the time Staley ran for BYU.

    Here is some surprising praise for Sam McGuffie by a BlackpowerRivals.com writer. McGuffie had all the exposure in the world on top of blazing statistical accomplishments and measurables, but will Rivals admit they mis-ranked him if he wins the Heisman? Here is the snip>
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    Rivals>>>...Notre Dame game offered a few potential solutions.

    For one thing, Michigan has found its running back. Sam McGuffie's high school highlight tape made him a folk hero in the recruiting world before he suited up for Michigan. The Internet legend hit the mainstream Saturday afternoon.

    McGuffie often made Notre Dame's defenders seem as overmatched as Houston Cy-Fair High School's opponents looked on his highlight package. He broke tackles all day long and even bounced off one of his own blockers on his way to turning a short completion into a 40-yard touchdown. McGuffie finished the best performance of his young career with 131 yards on 25 carries and four catches for 47 yards.

    "He was slippery," Notre Dame linebacker Brian Smith said afterward. "Especially when it was wet outside, he was slippery. He's a good back. (He has) good vision. He's a hard-nosed runner."

    McGuffie wasn't the only newcomer to provide reason for optimism.......Edited by: ToughJ.Riggins
     
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    WOAH!! Hey now, does Bielema know that McGuffie is white? How dare he say a white athlete has "raw" talent. Everybody who's anybody knows that only black athletes can have "raw" talent. Shame on Bret. [​IMG]


    Also as a side note I am absolutely shocked that caste football "gurus" have never even heard of Sam I am until now. Amazing...
     
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    McGuffie a ray of hope for U-M

    by MITCH ALBOM

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- They fumbled on their opening series, they fumbled on the next kickoff, they got snagged for pass interference on a long bomb and then, on the very next play, gave up the actual long bomb for a touchdown. They were tagged for 21 points in the opening 10 minutes and 9 seconds, and at one point, in between scores, Notre Dame brought a cluster of fans onto the field. I thought they had called "Next!"
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    "It was a nightmare," Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez admitted when this 35-17 drubbing was over. And he's understating it. With rainwater gushing down the stairwells, the Wolverines got flushed by a very average Notre Dame team, they fumbled seven times, losing four, their defense couldn't stop the Irish even in a slippery turf, and after three weeks of the Rich Rod era, U-M has two losses, one unimpressive victory over a MAC team, the Big Ten season looming in two weeks, and a rivalry black eye that stings worse than the final score. (If Rodriguez wants a hint of what losing to Michigan State or Ohio State might be like, he should listen to the grumblings of Irish-haters today. This was NOT just another defeat.)

    So what uplifting thought can we offer as you towel off, Maize-and-Bluers?

    Only the kid who wears No. 2.
    Highlights from the Gulf to Great Lakes

    If you watched this game, you saw him, and if you'd never seen him before you HAD to say, "Who is THAT?"

    Sam McGuffie, the freshman running back, may prove that rarest of animals, a kid who lives up to the hype -- and Internet hype at that. He came to Ann Arbor this summer already a legend on the computer screen, having hurdled -- yes, hurdled -- a defender in high school, as part of a Texas prep career that saw him run for more than 3 miles of yardage. His college announcement was broadcast live on Houston TV. His highlight film is set to music on YouTube.

    But it wasn't until Saturday that McGuffie became real for Wolverines fans, because high school is fine, and making plays against Miami of Ohio is very nice, but ripping through Notre Dame for 178 yards of total offense lifts the eyebrows.

    It was hard to pick which McGuffie play left you more dazzled Saturday. Was it the screen pass he took and slashed across the field, pinballing off his own man, spinning and racing in for a 40-yard touchdown? Was it the 29-yard scamper down the sideline, or the time he barreled through the teeth of a blitz and came out the other end for a big gain?

    For me, it was the play, later in the game, in which McGuffie burst through the line, galloped ahead, then got split like a wishbone, his left leg forward, his right leg snagged back by a defender.

    That, in my case, would have ripped three hamstrings, two of mine and one of the guy next to me.

    McGuffie got up and was back two plays later.

    "Sam runs hard," Rodriguez said.

    Uh, yeah.
    A chance to make a statement

    All told, McGuffie carried 25 times, which is more than the number of passes U-M's starting quarterback attempted. When you get 25 chances in Rodriguez's pass-happy, spread offense, it means something:

    It means you're The Guy.

    Which may be the brightest news for U-M fans for a while. Because other than McGuffie's highlights, this was a discouraging loss for Michigan, a blown chance to gain some pride as it rebuilds (even if this Notre Dame team actually struggled against lowly San Diego State the week before). Beating the Irish is always a feel good in Ann Arbor. Last year, you recall, it was the turning point of Lloyd Carr's mudslide.

    This time, it was just mud. Sloppy handling. Ineffective pass defense. You can blame the rain, but it rained all over Notre Dame, too, and the Irish never fumbled the ball over. The Wolverines made too many mistakes, got too many pass interference penalties, and while the first 21 points were almost too fast to register, the other 14 were what killed their hopes.

    "We're not good enough to play poorly and win," Rodriguez said. But he added, emphatically, "Michigan football will be back. All the naysayers out there ... whatever ... Michigan football will be back. Hopefully sooner rather than later."

    In the meantime, keep your eye on No. 2. In a season where there may be little to look forward to, there is undeniably something to watch.

    Contact MITCH ALBOM at 313-223-4581 or malbom@freepress.com. Catch "The Mitch Albom Show" 5-7 p.m. weekdays on WJR-AM (760).
     
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    The Big Ten Network is previewing UM/Wisconsin, and Wisconsin defensive player, black guy whose name I missed, was talking about McGuffie -- "He's fast ... he's really fast."
     
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    I guess I'll have to redo the CF myspace page background to include Sam since he appears to be the starter for the year. I'm glad to do it though. Sam is so fun to watch.
     
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    That's a great article, Gi. Very complimenatry.
     
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    I find it too, seems like Sam is on the good side of Michigan sports writer, soon we'll hear about how Sam will save the Lions and get them their first Super Bowl since.... forever! [​IMG]
     
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    I'm pumped for this weekends showdown with #8 Wisconsin. They are big, physical and fast to the ball. Sam will have to bring his A Game which he always does. Let's hope he goes for over 100 yards again to show he is legit against a top 10 team. Go McGuffie!
     
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    Michigan won and Sam scored the last Michigan TD, but Sam had a pathetic 16 carries for 34 yards and Brandon Minor had 2 carries for 37 yards with a 34 yard run. I still predict Sam will still see the majority of carries next game though b/c Sam had zero good blocking.

    The blocking was atrocious. However, there were two times where Sam was tackled one on one by a Badger LB in space. Sam is the type of RB this should not happen to. On one of the plays Sam tried to cut at the last minute. Sam has to cut earlier and use his elite burst to beat that defender and then break that tackle if the defender grazes him with his arm. I was a little disappointed in Sam because he missed those two chances this week to have long runs.

    White RBs aren't afforded the same growing pains. Sam will have to get more creative with his running and trust his vision more because he has horrible blocking in front of him. He is going to have to react fast! Sam will need some big plays to increase his YPC, because as of right now a lot of his plays are bound to be losses with that horrid o-line and his only solid power. Sam, my advice to you is get cocky and use your instincts and run hard, you have all the talent in the world. Don't worry about being dropped for a loss because then you will under perform!

    As long as Sam sees at least half the carries next game I'll be happy!
     
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    Let's not forget that wisconsin's got a real good, physical defense... There won't be much critisism because of the win, and also, on the last michigan TD drive, Sam was not on the field for the 3 first plays (including Threet 58 yard run)but he was put on the field as the goal-line back. I feel RR trust him a lot.
     
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    Sam is still the go to guy. They took him out for a long stretch when they got behind and needed to pass and put in some better blockers. Early on he had no holes to run through and even when they went to other guys nothing was there.

    Minor's long run was partly due to the fact they didn't expect him to get the carry and it was well set up. Sam returned late and essentially punched in a TD for them and late in the game when they needed to kill time he got some carries which were going to be short yards anyway. He is in good shape because he has not fumbled yet and everyone else on the team has had a big problem with it.

    Not a great game for Sam but it won't change his status.
     
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    Whoops double post!!!Edited by: ToughJ.Riggins
     
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    Yeah I agree that McGuffie is clearly the most talented Wolverine RB. He will still be the starter unless RR is a complete idiot, but I unfortunately am expecting Rich Rod to give in to the complaints of some of the other RBs and give them more carries next game.

    This could actually benefit Sam's YPC though, if he gets a breather. And it might throw off Illinois preparation. As long as Sam sees most of the carries next game I will not be upset. I am expecting a big rebound game from him! And what a win that was for the Wolverines! And I turned it off at the end of the 3rd quarter...bummer!
     
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    Carlos Brown isn't playing this week, hurt foot.
     
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    Micheal Shaw is healthy and will get some carries. I think he is the biggest threat to Sam's playing time.
     
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    Sam McGuffie: Michigan football's silent star

    Sam McGuffie: Michigan football's silent star
    By Dan Feldman
    Daily Sports Editor On October 9th, 2008
    BENJI DELL/Daily

    "UM's Sam McGuffie flexible, reliable" â€â€￾ Detroit Free Press

    "McGuffie has plenty to say on field" â€â€￾ The Ann Arbor News

    "Wolverines' McGuffie graces YouTube â€â€￾ again" â€â€￾ Toledo Blade

    Each of those headlines appeared in the last three weeks, but freshman running back Sam McGuffie doesn't like his fame one bit.

    "I hate articles about me," McGuffie said. "I don't know why."

    "It's just one more thing to me where people ... think they know me better and stuff if they read about me instead of talking to me."

    The self-described "shy guy" spoke matter-of-factly and didn't sound like he was complaining.

    "I guess I just want to try to be me," McGuffie said. "If people don't like it, I don't know what to tell them. Sit and talk to me, I guess. Give me a chance."

    Football beginnings

    McGuffie loves playing football. He loves it for the usual reasons â€â€￾ the competition, being part of a team, the honor of representing his school. But he has another reason, too.

    "It's just an escape from everyday life," the Cypress, Texas native said. "You kind of get stressed out with school a little bit. School and being in a constant schedule, when you're playing in a game, it kind of takes you away from that. You don't have to worry about everything that's going on in the world."

    McGuffie competed in gymnastics when he was about 10, and started playing football in fourth grade as a quarterback. That year, his team basically ran three plays â€â€￾ quarterback sweep right, quarterback sweep left and quarterback up the middle.

    McGuffie said football was an escape in the fourth grade too, but he didn't want to elaborate.

    At Cy-Fair High School, McGuffie made the varsity team as a sophomore and took over the starting running back spot midway through that year.

    He started hanging out with junior teammates Travis Bradshaw and Corey Chance, who took McGuffie with them wherever they went. McGuffie often spent entire weekends at Bradshaw's or Chance's house, but they rarely came over to his.

    "Sam, he didn't really have the greatest life at home, I guess," said Bradshaw, who now plays safety at Rice. "And he really didn't have that really great family support, I guess you could say."

    Bradshaw said he didn't know specifics about McGuffie's family situation, admitting he was speculating a bit. But he saw how happy McGuffie was on the football field and knew it was more than a distraction.

    "The kind of gifts he has," Bradshaw said, "that probably has something to do with it."

    At the highest level of high school football in Texas, McGuffie rushed for 3,121 yards (8.7 yards per carry) and 44 touchdowns his junior year. Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson first watched him at non-contact practice as he prepared for a playoff game that year.

    "You could see the quickness and the balance and the ability to make somebody miss, those kinds of things, see him catch the ball," Jackson said. "Stuff you see him do here pretty good, he was good at that then."

    McGuffie's supreme athletic ability made him a four-star recruit, according to rivals.com. McGuffie's dad ran track and his mom was a gymnast. Jackson called him a combination of the two.

    McGuffie verbally committed on a local Houston TV show the July before his senior year. With Notre Dame, Michigan, Southern Cal, Texas A&M and Florida hats on the table in front of him, the host of the show told him to make his choice. Many recruits take hats or shirts away until their college choice is the only one left. But McGuffie's only nod to the dramatic was a slight pause before picking up the blue hat with a maize block 'M'.

    Not long after that, Jackson first sat down with McGuffie.

    "A lot of people say he was quiet," Jackson said. "But when I got to talk to him and got to meet him stuff like that, after a period of time, he became a person you could carry on a great conversation with because he likes to talk about football."

    Near signing day in February, McGuffie was talking football with California coaches. He visited Berkeley and was very impressed.

    "I really liked (Cal's) offense," McGuffie told the Houston Chronicle. "And (California) coach (Jeff) Tedford was a great guy. I haven't met too many people like him in my life. Plus, California was beautiful. I had never been there before, and it's a great place."

    Michigan had changed coaches, hiring Rich Rodriguez, who brought in the spread offense. The night before signing day, McGuffie still wasn't sure how he fit in.

    "I thought I was going to have a heart attack and die," McGuffie told the Chronicle. "I couldn't sleep all night."

    He skipped his high school's signing day ceremony to continue to think about his college choice, according to the newspaper. That afternoon, McGuffie talked to Chris Lathrop, his high school teammate who signed with Texas A&M.

    "He told me, 'My heart wants to go one way, and my (head) is telling me to go another way,' " Lathrop told the Chronicle.

    McGuffie ended up sticking with Michigan and sent his letter of intent that evening, after Rodriguez had received letters from most of the class.

    In June, McGuffie arrived in Ann Arbor and began taking classes and working out with the Wolverines.

    One of the guys?

    The Wolverines had just finished their speed and agility drills one day this summer. Junior defensive end Brandon Graham and freshman linebacker Kenny Demens were doing backflips.

    The other players wanted to see what McGuffie could do. He just wanted to start seven-on-seven drills.

    A search for "Sam McGuffie" on YouTube returns more than 175 videos. The videos are immensely popular â€â€￾ one has more than 2.5 million views. Fans, players and coaches have all seen them. They feature McGuffie flipping over players, leaping defenders, making astonishing cuts and running with incredible breakaway speed.

    But McGuffie wants to escape the fame of the videos.

    "I'm just tired of all the flipping and all that junk," McGuffie said. "Anything that shows up on the internet, I'm not for. I kind of learned my lesson from that stuff."

    But there was no avoiding it now. All his teammates wanted to see him in action, and were challenging his ability to match Graham and Demens. McGuffie felt he had to comply.

    McGuffie jogged back a bit, then ran and front-flipped over 5-foot-9 freshman receiver Terrence Robinson. He also did a 360 backflip.

    "Sometimes, I'm really surprised (he did it) because he's a no-nonsense guy," redshirt freshman defensive end Ryan Van Bergen said. "That's the first time I'd ever seen anything like that."

    McGuffie just wanted to blend in with his freshman teammates at Michigan, but his fame and YouTube clips beat him to Ann Arbor.

    "We heard of him jumping over people," Van Bergen said. "But on the defensive side of the ball, (we thought,) 'We'll wait and see if he can jump over a college defender.' "

    There was a feeling out period for McGuffie off the field, too. He has always had a very calm demeanor. When he was younger, his mom called him a "little old man."

    "He never has been a real talkative kid," said Ed Pustejovsky, McGuffie's high school coach. "He's quiet just by nature, I guess."

    McGuffie's teammates say he has opened up a bit since he arrived in Ann Arbor. But that hardly means he's talkative now.

    "When he first came, he was completely quiet," Graham said.

    For McGuffie, opening up means he sometimes joins in conversations. He won't ignore someone talking to him, but he's rarely the first person to talk.

    Van Bergen initially didn't care much for McGuffie when they first met.

    "I thought he was being quiet to give off kind of a cocky attitude," Van Bergen said.

    But he just had to watch McGuffie practice to change his mind.

    "I just noticed when he was making people miss in practice, scoring touchdowns, he wasn't celebrating," Van Bergen said. "He just jogged back and stood next to coach (Jackson), waited to go in again. I just realized the kid wants to play football. He doesn't need to talk.

    "Everybody celebrates a little bit. But Sam, the most I've seen out of Sam was like a fist pump in the air â€â€￾ one quick one, then back to normal Sam."

    A fist pump would be nothing compared to what Van Bergen and the rest of the team saw in August. Rodriguez introduced the "Gong Show" to Michigan this year. Freshmen do performancesâ€â€￾skits, singing, impersonations.

    McGuffie, fellow running backs Michael Shaw and Michael Cox and Bryan Wright, who is in charge of offensive quality control, were assigned to the same group. In a show concocted by Wright, they danced in spandex girdles.

    "They were definitely doing some kind of shake-pop thing that would have some eyebrows raised around here," Van Bergen said. "(McGuffie) came out of his shell for that."

    McGuffie didn't like the idea of the act, but he went along with it because Wright, a coach, was behind it. McGuffie is still uncomfortable talking about it.

    And that was just in front of his teammates and coaches. Outside the program and his close friends, a simple greeting is all he said he wants.

    "I don't really like the attention, to tell you the truth," McGuffie said. "People probably see me out around campus and stuff, and they'll say 'Hi' to me and stuff. That's fine. That doesn't bother me. I have a conversation. It's just, I usually try to go the other way sometimes when cameras are around or people want to do interviews and stuff because I don't have much to say, usually."

    The legacy he's fulfilling

    Michigan's last running back, Mike Hart, loved to talk. As much as he's remembered for great games on the field, he's perhaps best remembered for his words â€â€￾ guaranteeing victory over Notre Dame, calling out Stanford coach and former Wolverine Jim Harbaugh and describing Michigan State as the Wolverines' "little brother."

    McGuffie's football does the talking.

    His stardom comes and goes with his numbers. McGuffie has looked excellent at times (Notre Dame) and like a freshman at others (Wisconsin).

    "I'm just trying to do my job and just trying to help the team," McGuffie said before Michigan played Wisconsin. "And if that means taking a role, then so be it. But I'm just trying to do what I can to help my team at this point."

    How's this for raising the expectations McGuffie has for himself? The last two running backs who had more attempts as a true freshman, and played a full four years, set the program's all-time rushing record. The first was Anthony Thomas, who was a freshman in 1997. The most recent was Hart, a freshman in 2004.

    "He knows what he has to do out there," Hart said. "And he's not cocky, but he's confident and knows what he's got to do to get out there and play. He's got confidence in himself that he has the talent, and that's exactly what you need."

    Of Michigan's top five running backs, McGuffie is the only to stay healthy this year. That may be a little bit of luck, but it also stems from his blue-collar football attitude.

    "Just doing everything hard in practice â€â€￾ that's what keeps you injury free," McGuffie said. "Because you go half-cocked in practice, then you're going to go half-cocked in the game. When you're going half speed, that's when you're liable to get injured, because either you're out of shape, or you're not used to running a lot."

    The legacy he wants

    McGuffie admits he's homesick.

    "Sam will just plain tell you," Jackson said. " 'Hey Coach, I'm homesick. I'd like to go back to see my mother.' "

    McGuffie's mom planned to come in for the Utah game, but she was bumped from her flight a couple times. She ended up flying to Dayton, Ohio and driving more than three hours to Ann Arbor just to make the game.

    And McGuffie's dad, a Lapeer native, has been in Michigan since the Miami (Ohio) game. McGuffie looks forward to the unbiased assessment of his play he gets each week from his dad.

    But his parents' visits haven't completely erased his homesickness.

    "I miss Texas," McGuffie said. "When you're born and raised in Texas, of course you're going to miss Texas. I miss my family most of all. I miss my friends, my best friend. You know, it's just like any other kid would miss their family and their friends and just being in their own bed, in their own warm bed, watching cartoons or whatever on Saturday mornings."

    That sounds more like the thoughts of a "big kid" than a "little man," which is quite appropriate, considering McGuffie's post-football plans. McGuffie has told Jackson he wants to work with children after football.

    "I don't think he like attention at all," Jackson said. "With little kids, I think he likes signing autographs and hanging out with little kids. He don't want to be in positions where he's around situations that he's uncomfortable in. He likes being around little kids and making them laugh and making them smile."

    McGuffie doesn't want to be remembered just for his YouTube videos, and his play at Michigan is giving fans more to remember. But he also wants to be known for more than football, a challenge he hasn't yet publicly met.

    "Hopefully, one day when all this football stuff's over, some people can look back and say, 'You know what? Sam was there for me if I ever needed anything,' " McGuffie said. "That's kind of how I want to be remembered â€â€￾ not anything else."
     
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    Thanks for posting this article, Gi-15. It was a very interesting read.
     
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    It is indeed. Sam can listen to whatever music he wants, wear whatever clothes he wants, he's still a great kid and future role model for young football players.
     

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