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The X’s and O’s behind utilizing Jaylen Samuels

JaySam is a conundrum wrapped in frustration for opposing teams.

William & Mary v North Carolina State Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

We’ve learned by now that there are seemingly endless ways in which Jaylen Samuels can be an effective football player. Steve Logan illustrates some of the mechanics of utilizing a guy like Samuels in the video below.

The matchup problems are more significant for FCS teams like William & Mary, since they tend not to have the same depth position-to-position as their FBS counterparts. And if they over-commit to containing one guy, they leave holes elsewhere. So the Tribe’s relatively conservative approach Thursday night is understandable, and while JaySam didn’t break any huge plays, he was still a significant contributor.

Sometimes you get stuck with a question that has no satisfactory answer.