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Florida State is much older than 50
By Charlie Barnes
How would you feel if you and your friends had worked hard to make enduring
contributions to our university, only to be enthusiastically ignored when
it came time to celebrate?
Executive director, Seminole Boosters
For example, let's say you played football here under coach Tom Nugent in
the 1950s. Your team shut out Tennessee 10-0 for the Tribe's first victory
over an SEC opponent. Maybe you were on the first squad to play against
Florida in '58. Perhaps you and Burt Reynolds were teammates, and you kept
in touch, and shared in the joys of helping to build the program up over
Imagine how you would feel if the University leaders and boosters said:
"Well, 1996 will be the tenth year in a row we've finished in the nation's
Top Four, as well as the tenth year in a row we've won ten-or-more games.
This will be our Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Football, because this
last decade of success is all that really counts!"
The last decade of unprecedented national success rests solidly on the foundation
of the first forty years. All the great coaches and players and supporters
who brought us here, are just as much a part of the program as the young
men who will line up against the Gators this Nov. 30.
No, our Seminole football world didn't begin in 1987.
Nor did our University begin in 1947.
We are happily caught up in a celebration of FSU's Golden Anniversary. But
it the last fifty years we are celebrating, not the first.
We sometimes present ourselves as a "young" university, but we
are not. The first of our campus buildings, College Hall, was built in 1854
on the serene, pine covered crest of land where Westcott now stands. It
is the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida.
If who we are is determined by our history, then Florida State University
is a rich and complex broth. That brew nurtures us, and can ensure our future
if we allow it. The academic credentials of a first-class, nationally prominent
university were established long before 1947.
Among its more erudite alumni, FSU boasts Ken VanAssenderp, former student
body president (1963) and later national chairman of the Alumni Association.
VanAssenderp is an affable fellow of magnanimous spirit whose FSU family
tree extends well back into the early history of the institution. One of
the sprigs on that tree was Ken's uncle, the late J. Thomas Gurney of Orlando,
who was chairman of the Board of Control (forerunner of today's Regents).
In 1947, Gurney broke the two-to-two tie, thus allowing Florida State to
renew intercollegiate football, much to the displeasure of the other school
whose last memory of Florida State football involved being on the receiving
end of a 23-0 thrashing in 1904.
Jim Melton calls VanAssenderp "the soul of the institution," a
reference to Ken's panoramic perspective of the school and its heritage.
Ken points out that we are not celebrating 50 years of an institution known
as Florida State, because long before we were Florida State University,
we were variously, Florida State Classical & Literary College, Florida
State College, and Florida State College for Women. That single thread of
a name reaches back more than 100 of the school's 145 years (we all have
our own way of counting years; I choose to begin with the 1851 legislation,
the same as Florida does).
VanAssenderp says the University's "establishment era" stretched
from 1857 to 1905, women having been first admitted in 1858 in separate
quarters, and then re-admitted to regular classes in 1882 "in an effort
to raise the academic standards."
"The refinement era," he says, "took place between 1905 and
1947 as FSCW grew into the third largest women's university in America,
and was awarded the state's first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1935."
He calls the time from World War II until today our "coming of age
era," and he notes that a "fourth era" is just beginning.
"As we begin our fourth era, we are just now a comprehensive full-component
institution with mature, powerful and influential alumni of both sexes and
all races, poised and ready to flex our muscles throughout the world, for
the benefit of society itself," he writes.
Martee Wills' excellent Seminole History displays on its last page a photo
of the 1903 Florida State College women's intercollegiate basketball team.
Their faces are bright and strong. Confident. There is another photo too:
one of the 1904 State Championship varsity football team, and their faces
are also bright, flush with confidence of youth and eager to embrace the
promise of a new century.
Those young men of 1904 gathered together for one final reunion, forty-three
years later. They stood on the sidelines of Centennial Field, on October
18, 1947, the night of the first game played by the newly minted Florida
State Seminoles. They stood shoulder to shoulder, and remembered the glory
and wonder and triumph of those long past days.
For them, whatever happened after 1947 was merely the next chapter in the
long history of their beloved school.
"Smart, quick, big
- this year he could be a star
By Daniel Mitchell
That Peter Boulware will reach his goal of 12 quarterback sacks in 1996
seems a formality. Underachieving is not part of his family's vocabulary.
Special to the Florida State Times
His father, Raleigh Sr., is a radiation therapist at a Columbia, S.C., hospital.
His brother, Raleigh Jr., played noseguard at Georgia Tech and is now an
engineer with Scientific Atlanta. His sister enjoyed a successful track
career at Notre Dame and is now in medical school at Wake Forest.
Peter Boulware figures to carve his niche on the football field, where many
believe he'll become a star defensive end for Florida State in this, his
"I kind of feel like I have something to live up to, but I think we
all have our own thing," Boulware said. "(We) all just find the
gift that God gave us and just use it to the best of our ability. That's
what my mother always said."
Boulware's abilities are a heady mix of the physical and mental. At 6-4,
252 pounds, he's been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash and bench
presses 440 pounds. A management-information-systems major, Boulware upholds
the family academic standard quite nicely, thank you.
That combination of size, speed and smarts helped Boulware sack 15 quarterbacks
his first two years despite starting just two games. He got his '96 season
off to a sizzling start with 2.5 sacks against Duke, a 44-7 FSU win. Along
with senior Reinard Wilson, he gives FSU one of America's most feared pass-rushing
Hey, quarterback. Duck.
"It seems like on a defense there's always one side that's stronger
and one side that you feel like you've got a little bit of an advantage
over," says FSU offensive tackle Todd Fordham. "Well, when I face
this defense with those two, I don't ever have an advantage over either
one of them. They're both great pass rushers."
Fast on the draw
While Wilson is closing in on Ron Simmons' FSU record of 25 career sacks,
Boulware is the 'Noles' leading returning sack man with 10 in 1995. Fordham,
a senior who has battled Boulware for three years, can relate to his victims.
"Pete's first step off the ball is quicker than anybody I've ever played
against," said Fordham. "On pass (protection), if you make just
a half-inch bad step, then he's by you.
"Not only can he run straight past you, but he knows how to use his
weight and his ability to get around you. He's one of the smartest players
you could play against because he knows how to read you as much as he has
the ability to out-maneuver you and run past you."
Boulware has played mostly in FSU's nickel pass-defense package in the past.
This year he'll be a full-timer, meaning he'll have to prove adept at stuffing
runners as well as passers.
"I'm excited about starting," Boulware said. "Last year it
was kind of good coming off the bench because I was playing on nickel, and
I would get in on third down, and I would be fresh.
"Before, when I got in the game all it was was run up the field, play
the pass. Now it's key the ball, play the tackle, if it's run play the run,
if it's pass then go play the pass. It's a totally different mind set so
it's gonna be tougher, but it's the adjustment I have to make."
To prepare himself for the expanded role, Boulware hit the weights in the
offseason and added 35 pounds to his bench press over the summer.
"Pass (rush), I can elude blockers and get around them, but when you're
playing the run, you can't run around the blockers. You have to take them
head-on, and it's just man on man," he said. "I think I can do
Defensive ends coach Jim Gladden agrees.
"He's done well this fall, very well," Gladden said. "He
knows where he needs to be stronger and he's worked hard at improving that,
to be more physical on the run and in the pass."
Spotted by Bates
Gladden proudly states that he hand-picked Wilson and Boulware for FSU's
1993 recruiting class. He admits, though, that he had help spotting Boulware.
Columbia's Spring Valley High was also home to Chad Bates, an FSU offensive
line recruit whose father played at the University of Miami.
"Chad's daddy kept telling me about Pete," Gladden recalls. "He
kept saying this is a guy that you need to watch because he's catching my
eye out there in practice and he's doing good in the games. So we started
looking at him and sure enough, he was what Chad's daddy said he was."
As a senior Boulware racked up a school-record 14 sacks. His suitors included
Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Miami and South Carolina, but Boulware chose the
'Noles partly because of Bobby Bowden's Christian reputation.
"I'm involved in (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and I like to
get involved with the church," he notes. "That's really stressed
in my family. We're a real close family."
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