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Brief: Ex-Vandal makes Olympic bobsled team

19 January 2018

A native of Cypress, Texas, McGuffie played a bit of professional football after his collegiate career.

Sam McGuffie, a former Wolverines' running back, has been named to the United States' bobsled skeleton team.

Two Texans will be competing for the U.S. Team in the Men's Bobsled in PyeongChang next month.

Remember Sam McGuffie, the former MI and Rice running back and four-star high school football recruit in 2008?

Former Rice University football player Sam McGuffie of Houston and Justin Olsen of San Antonio both qualified for the 13th Winter Olympic Games.

But his first season overlapped with the start of Rich Rodriguez's spread offense, which clashed with McGuffie's preference of playing in a pro-style system. As an Owl, he played for three seasons and rushed for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns, his senior season coming in 2012. He finished his career back home at Rice, where he gained 883 yards and scored six touchdowns. McGuffie was also selected to be Codie Bascue's brakeman in two-man. "We could only name 12 people to the team, but there are a lot of players behind the scenes and on the ice that helped make the dreams of those 12 come true". He'll have an opportunity to add an Olympic medal next month, when the Games kick off February 9 from Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Brief: Ex-Vandal makes Olympic bobsled team