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April 26, 2009 @ 1:42 pm
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Bucs Use Final Pick On WR Stroughter

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Jim Flynn

Jim
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With their final pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Oregon State wide receiver Sammie Stroughter. The 5-foot-9, 187-pound Stroughter caught 164 passes for 2,653 yards and 14 touchdowns while excelling as a return specialist in college.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their second seventh-round pick, and final selection of the 2009 NFL Draft to take Oregon State wide receiver Sammie Stroughter.

The 5-foot-9, 187-pound Stroughter finished his collegiate career with 164 catches for 2,653 yards and 14 touchdowns.

His best season came as a sophomore when he hauled in 74 passes for 1,293 yards (17.5 avg.) and five touchdowns.

However, Stroughter’s collegiate career was derailed in his junior year when he lacerated his kidney and suffered from depression. As a result, he caught just 15 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns.

Stroughter rebounded as a senior by catching 70 passes for 1,040 yards (14.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors.

In addition to his contributions on offense, Stroughter made a name for himself as a return specialist, returning 127 punts for 1,235 yards (9.7 avg.) and three touchdowns. He also returned 18 kickoffs for 377 yards (20.9 avg.).

Stroughter, who ran a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 30-inch vertical jump, joins a stable of wide receivers in Tampa Bay that includes Antonio Bryant, Michael Clayton, Maurice Stovall, Dexter Jackson, Paris Warren, Anthony Mix, Kelly Campbell, Cortez Hankton and Brian Clark.
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