"The entire team is very excited to have Sammie back," head coach Mike Riley said. "I want to thank the administrators who worked diligently on the process of him regaining the year."
Stroughter was expected to be one of the biggest offensive threats at receiver and among the top punt returners in the nation last season, but he was beset with personal issues prior to the season before making his debut in game two Sept. 6 at Cincinnati.
"Thank the Lord, I have the opportunity to come back after all the things I
went through," Stroughter told The Oregonian. "The entire Oregon
State community was behind me. And I felt that -- I felt that love."
The Sacramento native enters the season the school record holder for touchdowns via punt returns with three. He is 10th for career receiving yards in school history with 1,613 and has a legitimate chance to finish in the top five. Sports Illustrated named him one of the "32 most fun athletes to watch" last year.
"I can't even wait (to start playing again)," Stroughter said. "I'm antsy, but I've got to take my time. I don't want to rush anything.
"I want to enjoy it. I want to embrace it."