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41 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Sam Sizelove

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In which BracketCat counts down the 41st day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of linebacker Sam Sizelove.

#41 Sam Sizelove
Sam Sizelove (41) has seen his statistical production drop each season and has yet to rise above being a special teams player and reserve linebacker. Now he has a golden opportunity to become a starting, or at least the No. 3, linebacker. Can he seize the day?
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#41 Sam Sizelove

Redshirt Senior | 6-3 | 225 lbs. | Argyle, Texas
Sam Sizelove
Sam Sizelove
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Samuel Creson Sizelove (b. June 18, 1995) is a hard-working player who has seen action on both special teams and as a reserve linebacker during his career. He will compete for starting duties at linebacker in 2018 while continuing to add support on special teams.

In 2014, Sizelove redshirted and earned the Overachiever Award as the top freshman in strength and conditioning. He then had a strong debut by playing in all 13 games in 2015, totaling 15 tackles, half a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Sizelove recorded a season-high eight tackles against Oklahoma, forced a fumble on kickoff coverage against Louisiana Tech and blocked a punt at Kansas that was recovered by the Wildcats in the end zone for a touchdown.

He also recovered a fumble against the Jayhawks and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 second team.

In 2016, Sizelove again saw action in all 13 games and totaled seven tackles, including five on special teams. He tallied a season-best three stops at TCU.

His decreased production was not so much an indictment of his performance, but rather a testament to the excellence of departed starters Elijah Lee and Charmeachealle Moore.

But it is hard to explain why that statistical drop-off continued into 2017, when Sizelove barely registered any numbers despite the relatively underwhelming performance of starters Jayd Kirby and Trent Tanking. This makes me question his potential as a starter.

Although Sizelove played in every game, he only carded three tackles all year, with two of those coming on kickoff coverage. He also had a season-high two tackles against Charlotte.

Sizelove played for Argyle High School under head coach Todd Rodgers, was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of Texas District 10-3A and was a two-time honorable mention all-state pick by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors.

He was viewed as the 25th-best inside linebacker in the nation by Scout and ranked No. 29 by Rivals.

Sizelove also ranked 88th on Rivals’ Texas Top 100 list and helped the Eagles to win the 2013 Texas Class 3A state championship with more than 100 tackles.

His older brother, Jake Sizelove, was a four-year linebacker at Tulsa.