Sept. 24, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With its first road game in three weeks looming just days away, the sixth-ranked Florida State University football team practiced on Wednesday (September 24) for Saturdays’ 7 p.m. contest with Duke. The Seminoles’ last three games have been at Doak Campbell Stadium after opening the 2003 campaign with a 37-0 shutout at North Carolina.
The Seminoles (4-0 overall / 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) get back into league action after handily defeating Colorado 47-7 in their last outing. Picked to finish ninth in the ACC by the league’s media association the Blue Devils (2-2 / 0-1) have already equaled last year’s win total despite coming off a 28-10 loss against Northwestern.
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FSU practiced in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) for 20 periods on Wednesday. After working against the Blue Devil offensive and defensive plans, the Seminoles finished up with two periods of 11-on-11 competition. During the first period, Claudis Osei (Tallahassee, Fla. / North Florida Christian) had an interception, while Michael Boulware (Columbia, S.C. / Spring Valley) came up with a pick during the one-minute drill.
“We’re approaching this game like we’ve approached every game,” FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. “You can’t overlook anyone. Sure you’d like to get a lot of guys in the game, but if you dare start scheming it that way the first thing you know you’re going to be behind. Duke is a much improved team and they are going to present some challenges for us.”
Prior to the 11-on-11, the offense went through a five-minute pass skeleton with several balls landing in the hands of the Sam Brothers. Junior P.K. Sam (Buford, Ga.) is looking to repeat his career-high 10-catch, 119-yard performance from last Saturday, while younger brother Lorne Sam (Buford, Ga.) is going through the rigors of being a freshman.
As soon as P.K. got an offer to play for the Seminoles, all the other letters went out the window. When it came time for Lorne to make his decision, he had the benefit of drawing on his older brother’s experiences. Both are happy with their decision, as are their parents. When their father was given the option to transfer to Tallahassee or another city, the opportunity to be with his boys was too easy to pass up.
“I wanted him to make his own decision, after that I thought it was a great choice,” P.K. said of Lorne joining him at FSU. “It’s great to have him on the team because you know you always have one person you can really trust. Family is more important than anything else. I try to help him out at receiver as much as I can, he’s still a quarterback at heart.”
The two live under the same roof with their parents and mom and did like having both boys on one team. While the two agree that they enjoy having the other on the team, they’re still brothers and so there is always going to be a sibling rivalry on and off the field.
“We have some sibling rivalries like any brothers, but other than that it’s great to play with him,” Lorne noted. “I got to learn a lot real quick, because he had already been here and he gave me some pointers on how to succeed. It’s big to having the family support.”
Since coaches love competition because it makes everyone on the team better, the rest of the receiving corps will have to do a lot to compete with the contest between brothers. With all the success that P.K. has had this season, Florida State is hoping that the younger edition is just as good.