Larry Blustein, The Big O and Mike Levine welcome in Everglades quarterback Matt Vincent, Hallandale head coach Dameon Jones and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King to Wednesday night's show between 9-10 on WQAM (560 AM).
VINCENT STEPPING UP
After last week's convincing 42-14 win at Bushnell South Sumter, the 6-2, 185-pounder threw for 244 yards and 4 touchdowns.
This Thursday night, he and the Gators have the chance to make a statement when they travel to defending 6A state champion Miramar in a city battle that has come down to the wire over the past two years.
Vincent is being looked at by several colleges, and as his stock rises, others will follow.
WHAT A TURNAROUND
After an 0-10 season last year, the Hallandale Chargers brought back Dameon Jones to bring the program back to where it was when he left two years ago.
Starting off the season 2-0, Hallandale will play South Plantation this week as Jones and his alma mater look to make it three straight to begin the season. The Chargers enjoyed an impressive off season as well.
HE'S THE KING
King, who works for ESPN as well as hosts an afternoon radio show in the Tampa Bay area, played college football at Tulane University from 1995 to 1998, leading Tulane to an undefeated season and a win over Brigham Young University in the Liberty Bowl, in the process setting the single-season NCAA Division I-A record for passing efficiency in 1998 of 183.3. His quarterback coach was Rich Rodriguez and his head coach was Tommy Bowden. He finished 10th in voting for the 1998 Heisman Trophy.
King, who graduated from St. Petersburg Gibbs High is a 1995, was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Near the midpoint of the 1999 season, quarterback Trent Dilfer suffered a season-ending injury, thrusting King into the starting quarterback role.
King took over the offense, and helped rally the team to the NFC Central title, and a victory over the Redskins in the divisional playoffs. A week later, the team fell just short of Super Bowl XXXIV when they lost the NFC Championship 11-6 to the St. Louis Rams with King at the helm.
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