Tyra Collette is … Fax girl
Collette is one of the popular girls at Dillon. By that, we mean that she has a long dating history, including Riggins, Landry Clarke and some dude named Cash. Alabama’s fax girl, also known as Briana Baisden, was the Alabama cheerleader who retrieved faxes on National Signing Day on a live web cam while showing some leg in a mini skirt. We aren’t accusing Baisen of being promiscuous, but she has a flare for scandal.
Luke Cafferty is … Rex Burkhead
Nebraska’s Burkhead is a 5-foot-10 white running back from Texas – he certainly can be college football’s version of Cafferty, an undersized white running back who leads his team to unexpected success. Cafferty did it for East Dillon after he was forced to transfer due to zoning issues regarding his home address. Burkhead will have no such problem in Lincoln.
Buddy Garrity is … Willie Lyles
What, you don’t think a black actor can play Buddy? Shame on you. Garrity is the car salesman/bar owner who also is an influential Dillon booster. We think Willie Lyles, who works at a liquor store in Houston and is at the center of the Oregon scandal, would be perfect. He owns the perfect amount of sleaze, though he’s technically a “scout,” much in the same way Buddy went around the state looking for the best future Panthers and Lions.
J.D. McCoy is … Tate Forcier
You’ve heard the stories over the years. Tate Forcier’s father groomed him to be a quarterback and – let’s put it this way – is very involved in his son’s life and career. That sounds a lot like McCoy, who struggles throughout the series with an overbearing father. Forcier left Michigan and is now a quarterback at San Jose State. McCoy also disappears from Dillon’s program in the final season without a trace.
Landry Clarke is … T.J. Moe
Both guys don’t really look the part of a football player and prove one should not judge a book by its cover. Clarke is a bit nerdy as a freshman and doesn’t really seem to break out of that pigeonhole as the series evolves. Moe doesn’t really look like a top-performing player on the gridiron, either. But he led Missouri in receiving in 2010 while Clarke kicked the game-winning field goal for East Dillon in Season 4. Both of these guys get it done.
Ray “Voodoo” Tatum is … Jordan Jefferson
“Voodoo” was a displaced victim of Hurricane Katrina, and we bet Jefferson wished he was a million miles away from his home state of Louisiana right about now. According to reports, the LSU quarterback was involved in a bar fight that may or may not have involved him kicking a
mMarine in the head. Now, we know the first concern here isn’t about Jefferson’s public image, but he’s in a world of trouble. Tatum was always ready to brawl. Hopefully things will turn out better for Jefferson in real life.
Dallas Tinker is … Jerel Worthy
This is another match made in heaven. Both Tinker and Worthy are big defensive tackles with oversized personalities. Worthy isn’t shy about sharing his feeling about rival Michigan; he has a tattoo that shows a Spartan warrior crushing a Wolverine with a block ‘M’ on the helmet. It’s definitely something that Tinker would do. Come on, admit it!
Billy Riggins is … Nevin Shapiro
Riggins is Tim Riggins’ older brother. He acts as his protector and guardian, but in reality lives his life vicariously through his younger brother. Just the same, Shapiro lived his life through big-time Miami athletes by trying to pay his way into their lives. While Riggins doesn’t have that kind of money, it was the outside-looking-in principle. In addition, both look like they are 12-years old. Face it, for different reasons, both Billy Riggins and Nevin Shapiro are colossal screw-ups.
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