The fact Sam is playing college football is a testament to his drive and determination. Nearly four years ago, as a senior in high school, Sam was overcome with what a neurologist diagnosed as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder where the body’s immune system attacks its own nerves. … In addition to battling through months of treatment and rehab for his GBS diagnosis, Sam also had to deal with the grief associated with the devastating loss of his father to pancreatic cancer. All this left an incredible mental burden for Sam to deal with. … Sam spent the first two years of his collegiate career playing at the junior college level at Foothill College in the San Francisco area, where he played linebacker and long snapper. He was a team captain and two-time scholar-athlete before he walked on as a long snapper at Temple in the summer of 2020. … The American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team selection has spent the last two seasons with the Owls.