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Saturday, August 24, 2019

College Football

Watch: Steve Spurrier had funny reaction to Feleipe Franks interception

Steve Spurrier

Florida and Miami ushered in a new college football season with a very sloppy game on Saturday night in Orlando, one that left Steve Spurrier shaking his head.

The former Gators coach was a special attendee of the game and was shown by ESPN reacting to a late Feleipe Franks interception that gave the Hurricanes a chance to win it in the fourth quarter.

Spurrier’s reaction made all the sense. The Gators had just forced Miami to turn the ball over on downs, and there was Franks giving it right back to them on the next play. Franks threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the game. The Gators turned the ball over four times but still won 24-20.

That kind of sloppy play would never fly for the reigning AAF champion.

Urban Meyer, wife Shelley attend Florida game in Gators gear

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer and wife Shelley still have positive feelings towards the Florida Gators several years later.

Meyer, who coached Florida from 2005-2010, and his wife attended Saturday’s season-opening game between the Gators and Miami Hurricanes in Orlando. Both were wearing Florida gear, according to reporters. Meyer was later shown by ESPN on TV in his Florida gear.

Meyer led the Gators to two national championships. He stepped down after the 2010 season, citing his health and a desire to spend time with his family.

Meyer returned to coaching after a year off and led Ohio State for seven seasons before stepping down after last season. Now that he has time on Saturdays and is not coaching a team, he and his wife are able to take in games and made Orlando their first stop of the season.

Meyer will be working as a TV analyst for FOX this season and has already taken a jab at Michigan in that capacity. Many still expect the 55-year-old to return to coaching at some point.

Urban Meyer takes funny jab at Michigan on FOX college football show

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer took a funny jab at Michigan during FOX’s college football show on Saturday.

Meyer, who stepped down as Ohio State’s head coach after the season and made way for new head coach Ryan Day, is now a part of the show. One of the topics that came up was the Michigan Wolverines.

Meyer was asked: “Is this finally Michigan’s year?” The former Buckeyes coach answered bluntly, “year for what?”

The question was likely asking whether this was Michigan’s year to win the Big Ten, reach for the College Football Playoff for the first time under Jim Harbaugh, and compete for a national championship. Meyer asking for a clarification wasn’t so much about specificity so much as it was about minimizing the Wolverines’ chances of winning a championship. Urb was obviously downplaying his former rival team.

Though his response was humorous, now that Meyer is not at Ohio State, Michigan has its best chance of winning the rivalry game since Harbaugh’s been the head coach. Harbaugh has gone 0-4 against Ohio State and is 1-3 in bowl games.

Maybe Meyer gave his zinger as revenge for what Harbaugh said in July.

McKenzie Milton says he has fully recovered from nerve damage

McKenzie Milton appears to be making remarkable progress in his recovery from the catastrophic knee injury that ended his 2018 season.

The UCF quarterback said he is making incredible progress in his recovery from the injury. He claimed that the nerve damage he suffered has completely healed, and the only obstacles remaining to getting him on a football field again are recovering his strength and range of motion.

“I’m a lot further along than any doctor would anticipate or predict and that’s by the grace of God and a lot of prayers and a lot of support by close friends and people I don’t even know,” Milton told ESPN College Gameday’s Maria Taylor, via Iliana Limon Romero, Matt Murschel, and Brant Parsons of the Orlando Sentinel. “With my nerve damage, I’m basically back to 100%. I have full feeling in my foot. You know that’s very rare, sometimes it never comes back for some people and the artery, the blood is flowing great.

“So now it’s just about getting range of motion and building strength back up.”

Milton dislocated his knee in November 2018 and needed immediate emergency surgery. It was later revealed that he was in legitimate danger of losing his leg, and now there’s at least a chance he’ll play football again in 2020.

Watch: Michael Irvin went nuts pumping up Miami fans before game

Michael Irvin

Few people know how to rally the troops quite like Michael Irvin.

“The Playmaker” spoke at an All Canes party Friday night to fire up Miami Hurricanes fans before Saturday’s game against the rival Florida Gators. The former Hurricanes star receiver went nuts on stage and brought all the energy. Dude looked like a jacked up wrestler cutting an old school WWF promo.

That. Was. Awesome.

I need MORE Michael Irvin in my life. I need an app that plays videos of Irvin hyping me up to get out of bed every morning. This guy is unbelievable.

Is there any wonder why Irvin won a national championship with Miami in 1987 and later won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys? Teammates were probably ready to run through walls for him. I know I would.

Nick Saban explains why he invited Ray Rice to speak to Alabama players

Nick Saban

Ray Rice has been working for years to prove that he is not the same person who was seen on video physically abusing his then-fiancee, and he has a believer in Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

Saban, who has had a number of controversial figures speak to the Crimson Tide over the years, told reporters on Thursday that Rice is in town this week to address the team. The six-time national champion says he has “tremendous respect” for Rice and feels the former Baltimore Ravens star has plenty to share with young players.

“Well, he’s obviously going to talk about how to treat the opposite sex and having the proper respect for other people,” Saban said, via Michael Casagrande of AL.com. “And I think that’s important to relationships. It’s important as a person to be able to do those things in a very respectful manner.

“I think a lot of the players can relate to (Rice’s) circumstance. And it will be interesting to hear a guy that has had issues that now has turned a corner and has really done everything he can to help other people not have the same problem that he has.”

Rice has since married the woman whom he was shown punching in a casino elevator back in 2014. He was released by the Ravens and never got another shot in the NFL after the footage surfaced, but he has said in interviews that the second chance he got from his wife, Janay, is far more important than that.

Rice has offered to help NFL players who have gotten themselves into similar situations, so it’s no surprise he took Saban up on the offer to speak at Alabama.

Jacob Eason reportedly wins Washington starting QB job

Washington Huskies logo

Jacob Eason appears to have won the Washington Huskies’ starting quarterback job.

Huskies head coach Chris Petersen tends to keep things quiet regarding quarterback battles, but the Seattle Times reported on Thursday night that Eason had won the job.

Eason is a local student-athlete from Lake Stevens. He was the 2015 Gatorade National Player of the Year and began his college career at Georgia as a highly-touted recruit. He passed for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a true freshman for the Bulldogs in 2016. But after Jake Fromm took over the starting job the following year, Eason decided to transfer to Washington and sat out last season.

Huskies fans will be getting used to a new quarterback at the helm. Jake Browning, a four-year starter from 2015-2018, has seen his career come to an end, opening things up for a new QB. Sophomore Jake Haener was viewed as Eason’s primary competition for the job and will likely begin the season as the backup.

Washington opens the 2019 season on August 31 against Eastern Washington.