After his effort against Furman on Saturday, Jaylen Samuels is third in school history in with 152 career receptions and tied for fourth with 36 career touchdowns. He should continue to move up in both categories as the season goes on.
Jerricho Cotchery holds the record for career receptions at 200, and that mark is definitely within reach based on his involvement in the first three games: he’s averaging nearly nine receptions per game and needs 49 catches to break Cotchery’s record.
He’s also fourth in school history with 17 touchdown receptions, and while he has no chance of catching up to Torry Holt at No. 1 (31 TD grabs), he can work his way up to second with another five touchdown receptions.
He needs five more touchdowns of any sort to move into third place in career TDs, passing Matt Dayes and T.A. McLendon (with whom he is currently tied in fourth). Ted Brown’s record of 51 career touchdowns figures to stand, but JaySam needs only seven more scores to move into sole possession of second place on that list, which is absolutely doable.
Somehow it feels like he’s done all of this rather quietly even though he has been a key part of the offense for a while now; his hybrid role has in a way obscured his overall accomplishments while he’s been at NC State since he’s been doing a little of everything.
Which is fine. When we take stock of his career after this season ends, the numbers will speak to one of the most uniquely talented players ever to put on a Wolfpack uniform.