Sammie Stroughter Selected by Tampa Bay in the 7th Round

April 26, 2009

Former Oregon State wide receiver Sammie Stroughter has been drafted with the 24th pick in the 7th round (233 overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in the 2009 National Football League Draft.

Stroughter earned four letters while starting 29 games in his career. The Sacramento, Calif. native earned Associated Press Third Team All-American honors as an all-purpose player following his junior season. Stroughter missed most of the 2007 season due to injury before returning for his senior season in 2008. He led the Pac-10 in receiving yards last season earning All-Pac-10 first team honors as a receiver and second team honors as a punt returner. Stroughter concluded his career second on OSU's all-time lists for career receiving yards (2,653) and receptions (164). He also accounted for 14 receiving touchdowns in his career, the seventh-most in OSU history.

Stroughter is the first Oregon State wide receiver to be selected in the NFL Draft since Mike Hass was taken in the sixth round in 2006 by the New Orleans Saints.

Stroughter joins Andy Levitre (2nd/51st), Keenan Lewis (3rd/96th), Victor Butler (4th/110th), Slade Norris (4th/126th), Brandon Hughes (5th/148th) and Al Afalava (6th/190th) as Beaver alums taken in the 2009 draft, marking the most former Oregon State players taken in a single NFL Draft in history. The Beavers had previously had six players selected in the NFL Draft in 1967. In 1947, six players were drafted to two different leagues with two (Paul Evenson and Billy Gray) going to the NFL and four (Don Samuel, Boyd Clement, Ted Ossowski and Martin Chaves) taken by teams in the All-America Football Conference.

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