An all-time great is returning to Florida for the home opener this Saturday, and his former coach will be coming along with him.
Shane Matthews, who played quarterback for the Gators from 1990-92, and Steve Spurrier will serve as the honorary “Mr. Two Bits” for Saturday’s game against Northern Colorado, the team announced on Tuesday. The tradition began in 2013 and features the person attempting to pump up the Gators’ home crowd.
Spurrier was an honorary “Mr. Two Bits” last season when Florida Field was renamed in his honor. And Matthews isn’t sure he and Spurrier will be able to top the former coach’s previous performance.
“He did the Usain Bolt pose,” Matthews told FloridaGators.com. “I don’t how we’re going to top it or even if we can, but I know we’ll have something choreographed and practice it to entertain the fans.”
Matthews threw for 9,287 yards and 72 touchdowns over his three seasons with the Gators, guiding them to their first SEC title in 1991. He also never lost a home game as starting quarterback, going 18-0.
Matthews is currently the offensive coordinator at Gainesville High School, while Spurrier was recently hired as a college football analyst for SiriusXM.
The Gators kick off their Week 2 matchup against Northern Colorado at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on SEC Network.
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