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27   Claudius Osei
Claudius Osei

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tallahassee, FL

High School:
North Florida Christian

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 197

Position:
RV

Birthdate:
06/20/1980


At Florida State: Enters the season battling for playing time at rover behind Jerome Carter and Kyler Hall...has played in 34 career games during his first three seasons including three bowl games--the Orange in 2003, Sugar in 2002 and Gator in 2001...three career starts came in the first three games of the 2002 season against Iowa State, Virginia and Maryland...fully recovered from ankle surgery which limited his availability during spring workouts in 2003...won the Big Hitter Award on defense following spring practice in 2002.

Junior Year (2003): Appeared in all 13 games including the Orange Bowl...recorded a single-season, career-high 20 unassisted tackles and 25 total stops from his rover position... recorded at least one tackle in 12 of 13 games with at least two tackles coming eight times...tied his single-game career-high with four unassisted tackles against Clemson to match his best of four against Iowa State in the 2002 season opener...also had four total tackles (three unassisted) against Maryland...had three unassisted tackles against Miami in the Orange Bowl...credited with a single-game career-high two pass deflections in Florida State's victory over Wake Forest.

Sophomore Year (2002): Played in 11 of 14 games including the Sugar Bowl...ranked 11 th on the team with a single-season career-high 41 total tackles...had 22 unassisted and 19 assisted tackles...gained his first career start in the season opener against Iowa State...had a career-high seven tackles against Georgia Tech...also had three unassisted tackles against North Carolina...missed the final three games of the month of September (Maryland, Duke and Louisville) after straining an Achilles' tendon against Virginia.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in 11 regular season games and in the Sugar Bowl...recorded 15 total tackles including 12 solo hits...credited with a season-high three total tackles against Wake Forest, Miami and NC State...first career interception and three tackles came against NC State...credited with one pass break up during the season and had two intimidations against Clemson.

2000: Redshirted along with most of his class.

High School: Graduated from North Florida Christian in 2000...a highly recruited player who excelled at defensive back and wide receiver...recorded 100 total tackles (77 unassisted), 22 for minus yardage, four sacks and one interception (one interception returned for a touchdown), forced three fumbles and had one fumble recovery as a senior defensive back...caught 10 passes for 267 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver during his senior season...helped his team to the Class 2A state championship his senior season...selected Florida State over Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

Personal: Born June 20, 1980...a real estate major...a German exchange student who arrived in the United States in 1999...has participated in the NFL Futures program sponsored by NFL Europe...played in the Global Junior Football Championship a four nation tournament that was played as part of the celebration of Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans.

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