Project Samson

In fall 2021, Samford will launch an innovative new initiative, Project Samson. In partnership with Samford University Athletics, Center for Sports Analytics, American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), and Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Project Samson seeks to provide enhanced opportunities for Samford students across both athletics and academic programs, including internships, clinical placements, and extracurricular learning. This initiative will bring the latest technology, data analysis, and sports medicine practices together to enhance student learning in this program.

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Sports Analytics Research

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Cracking the Code: Does Path to the Pros Affect NFL Quarterback Success?
Every NFL player takes a unique route to the pro ranks, and quarterbacks are no different. Yet, every year, fans and teams see a passing prospect that has a red flag due to their path to the pros. Is this concern justified? 
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The 90-Point Ride
Professional Bull Riders (PBR) was founded in 1992. It is one of the world’s most dangerous sports as there is no telling what the bulls will do. This sport takes high concentration, skill, strength, and toughness both physically and mentally. In the PBR, the highest possible score that can be achieved is 100 points, yet, after almost 30 years, no one has accomplished this feat. Because of this, success of a bull rider can be measured in the number of rides they have over 90 points in their career. 
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Liverpool FC's Social Media Fan Base Continues to Grow Largely because of Player Connections and Other Ties to Liverpool
Liverpool F.C. is one of the most successful European football teams in history has won a total of 6 European Cup trophies. As well as winning the English top-division league title 19 times. Liverpool’s success on the field has not gone unnoticed. 
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The Best College Basketball Programs for NBA Success
College football players and fans debate over what schools are the best NFL position factories, such as “QB U” and “WR U.” Although not as common among college basketball fans, the same idea can be applied. Which schools get to claim themselves as “Scorer U,” “Assist U,” and “Rebound U?” 
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How Do High School Rankings Affect NBA Success?
Every NBA Draft, teams hope to draft the next superstar, and fans hope their team drafts a superstar. Since many players stay in college for only one season, high school rankings are more valuable for the NBA than other sports when determining who will succeed at the NBA level. Or are they? 
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Gooooaaaallll: Euro 2020 Broke All the Records
There were a record number of penalty kicks in this year’s European Championship. As the amount of penalty kicks grew, so did the amount of penalty kicks being saved by goalies. This article compares EURO 2020 to other European Championships and examines the potential causes of the increase in penalty save percentage.