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Jaylen Samuels’ undefinable excellence forces ACC to add new position to all-conference team

He’s every bit that good.

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We like to joke around here that Jaylen Samuels plays the Jaylen Samuels position, on account of the fact that he does a whole lot of everything, and he does the everything well. In fact there is now a position on the official All-ACC ballot this year that was inspired by Jaylen Samuels: all-purpose back. There are exactly two choices for voting media members: Samuels and Pitt’s Quadree Henderson.

I am not kidding.

Henderson is more a classic all-purpose speedster at 5’8 and 190 pounds—if he fits in this category, then so does Nyheim Hines—so even he doesn’t really fit this new spot as defined by Jaylen Samuels. Henderson and Hines return kicks, while also running the ball and catching passes; JaySam, obviously, is of different manufacture.

Still, we will accept this moment of progress, wherein people attempt to understand what Jaylen Samuels does. This is no easy thing, and we welcome the olive branch.