Former Florida State defensive back Bryant McFadden joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to look at the upcoming Florida State/Miami game. Florida State has heated rivalries with both Miami and Florida, but according to McFadden, there is a clear difference between the two.
“The difference for me, being a South Florida kid, is Miami was right there with Florida State as far as my final schools,” McFadden told 1010XL. “I really liked what Miami was doing, but ultimately I signed with Florida State because I knew Bobby Bowden wasn’t going anywhere.
“I just never liked Florida. I never liked Florida at all. I told Steve Spurrier and his coaching staff to not waste their time because I was never going to consider them.
“To me personally, the difference between Florida and Miami is we hate both schools, but we still respect Miami. We don’t respect anything Florida related.
“Most players from Florida State, if they did not attend Florida State, Miami would have been their school of choice. That tells you a lot about the respect, it’s a mutual respect. But, Florida related, we hate Florida and nothing is respected coming from Gainesville.”
McFadden, who now works for CBSsports.com among other media outlets, knows Florida State is in for a battle against this Miami team.
“The thing I like about Miami from a football standpoint, is they run the ball well, but they have some skill guys that can catch the football with the best of them,” McFadden said. “As far as Florida State, anytime you’re playing a young quarterback like (N’Kosi) Perry we got to sick the dogs on him. We have to let this kid know that this isn’t high school football and you will get hit.
“Similar to what Miami did last year against James Blackman. If you remember how they harasses James Blackman from start to finish. We have to do the same thing against Perry.”
McFadden, who after his time at Florida State went on to win a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was a part of one of the infamous kicks that has plagued FSU in this game over the years. McFadden says it was hard at the time to lose that way.
“Me personally being a part of a few of those ballgames where a kick was the deciding factor, it was tough,” McFadden said. “I mean, it’s bad history, but I can say this, as of late, especially with the Noles traveling down to Miami, we have really dominated them.”
McFadden has a unique look at what this game really means.
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