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NC A&T Football BIO
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96 Sam Blue

Had a breakout season in 2017 after taking over the starting defensive end spot due to an injury … Started his collegiate career at Rutgers University before transferring to N.C. A&T … Originally committed to Georgetown on an academic scholarship but chose Rutgers instead … Has agility and mobility because of his days playing basketball in high school … Entered the 2018 season as the leading candidate to start at defensive end … Gets upfield quickly and doesn’t hesitate once the ball is snapped … Tremendously athletic with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash and has a 99 ½ inch reach … Has played in 34 games with eight starts with 45 tackles (27 unassisted), 15.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks in his career.

2017 Season: Played 12 games with six starts … Made 31 tackles (17 unassisted) with 11 tackles for loss (50 yards lost) and 6.5 sacks (41 yards lost) … Ranked seventh in the conference in sacks and 11th in tackles for loss … Twenty of Blue’s tackles came against the run … Had two tackles for loss in the Aggies win over Mars Hill … Also, had two tackles for loss in the Aggies big win over Bethune-Cookman, 24-20, on Oct. 21 … Made a career-high five tackles (two unassisted) in the Aggies 49-17 win at Morgan State on Sept. 23.

2016 Season: Played 10 games with one start … Made five tackles (three unassisted), 2 ½ tackles for loss and 1 ½ sacks.

2015 Season: Played in 12 games without a start … Mainly saw action on special teams … Made nine tackles (seven unassisted) on the season with two tackles for loss … Made three of his tackles on special teams … Had three unassisted tackles in the Aggies 65-14 win over Howard on Oct. 24.

High School: Played at Raleigh Millbrook High School … Earned conference defensive player of the year after securing 118 tackles, 52 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries as a senior … Started his high school career as a tight end … Also played basketball in high school…Posted a 3.72 grade-point average at Millbrook. 

Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 242
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
High School: Millbrook
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