The Rainbow Warriors signed five receivers this past February. But one of the top additions to the passing game might be a speedy receiver who will be entering his fourth year in the program.
Allen Sampson, who missed the 2012 season while recovering from a knee injury, is admittedly “100 percent healthy” and ready to compete as either a wideout or slot receiver. UH coach Norm Chow applauded Sampson’s work ethic, describing him as football’s equivalent of a “gym rat.”
“He’s always out there working,” Chow said.
Sampson’s 2011 season was abbreviated after he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. He experienced problems with the meniscus in the same knee last year, necessitating a second surgery.
“I wanted to go and have the surgery to make sure I’m good for the rest of my life,” Sampson said.
While the Warriors were practicing, Sampson was constantly in motion, doing sit-ups while holding weights or carrying weighted items, such as milk jugs filled with sand.
“Even if I tore my ACL three more times, I’d do the rehab three more times,” Sampson said. “I love the game that much.”
Sampson was recruited largely because of his speed and quickness. He ran the 40-yard dash consistently under 4.4 seconds as a Plant High (Florida) player.
“That’s part of my game,” Sampson said. “I never lost the speed. That’s God’s gift to me.”
Sampson downplays the importance of a 40 time.
“You can run a good 40, but when the game comes, that’s when it counts,” Sampson said.