A Historical Moment in College Football History: Oldest Player Takes a Snap

Varsity Blues (Movie Review)

When Joe Thomas took the handoff for the first time Saturday afternoon, it marked a special moment in college football history. The 55-year-old senior became the oldest player to ever take a snap in a game.

He is a true workhorse back who can handle 25+ carries a game. He is a natural leader with plenty of moxie.

QB: #16 Shane Falco (The Program)

When the Washington Sentinels regular players go on strike, management hires former NFL coach Jimmy McGinty to recruit a rag-tag team of replacement players. He chooses Shane Falco, a former All-American quarterback from Ohio State whose career fell apart after he choked in the Sugar Bowl. He now lives on a house boat in a marina and makes his living scraping other debris off boats tied at the docks.

In the huddle, Falco asks if anyone wants to talk. One of the Jackson brothers raises his hand. It takes too long and they are hit with a delay of game penalty.

RB: #3 Wendell Brown (Varsity Blues)

Back in 1999 before the release of Friday Night Lights, Varsity Blues was the film that captivated audiences with its story of high school football obsession and the toll it takes on teenage athletes. James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) stars as Jonathan “Mox” Moxon, an academically successful but rebellious backup quarterback in a small town where losing isn’t an option.

When Mox’s friend and starting tailback Wendell Brown (Eliel Swinton) is injured, Kilmer pressures him into taking a cortisone injection during halftime that will deaden the pain of his injury so he can play. Mox intervenes and tells Kilmer he’ll quit the team if he does.

LB: #59 Bobby Mack (Varsity Blues)

The Cincinnati Bengals need to add depth to their middle linebacker position and Mack fits the bill. He has brute strength at the point of attack, can sift through the LOS like nobody else, and displays excellent closing speed.

The fun-loving, pig-owning high school star is one of the best players in the entire film draft. He can play both sides of the ball, is a tackling machine, and plays with a chip on his shoulder.

RG: #73 Andre Jackson (The Replacements)

Actor Michael Taliferro portrayed Andre Jackson, Jamal’s big brother and the team’s guard. He’s a mobile player who will be terrific in screens and outside running plays. He also kicks ass in the Bar Brawl, quoting Bible passages as he batters the pro players attacking him.

Clifford Franklin is the team’s deep threat. He doesn’t have sure hands, but he’s a burner who will be able to get open in four-wide sets.

RT: #60 Kelvin “The Buffalo” James (Playmakers)

He looks and plays much bigger than his 5-foot-10, 224-pound frame. He can over power between the tackles on both gap and inside zone concepts, but made most of his money last year breaking through arm tackles on outside zone runs in Frank Reich’s scheme.

He’s a natural playmaker with elite hands who can create separation and, when necessary, come down with the football over defenders. He can also run deep routes in four-wide sets.

One of the better interior pass rushers in the league, he’s PFF’s 14th-graded edge defender and leads the Bills with a career-high 23 quarterback pressures.

DE: #99 Steve Lattimer (The Program)

He’s a savage force both on and off the field. He leads the team in sacks and is a constant nuisance for opposing quarterbacks.

He also loves to rile up the crowd with his trash talk. During one scene, Joe threatens to “take the fuck out” the girl behind him in line at a bar.

ESU coach Sam Winters (James Caan) is under pressure to bring the Timberwolves back to a bowl game or be fired. His team has talent — Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Kane (Craig Sheffer), junior linebacker Alvin Mack (Duane Davis) and freshman running back Darnell Jefferson (Omar Epps).

K: #3 Nigel “The Leg” Gruff (The Replacements)

The team’s kicker, a Welsh soccer player named Nigel Gruff (Rhys Ifans), is called upon to kick a game-tying field goal late in the final minute. Before he kicks, Gruff spots bookies he owes money to and makes a deal with them not to miss the kick.

Orlando Jones as Clifford Franklin provides comedic relief as a wide receiver who doesn’t have sure hands and can’t run the prettiest routes. His slapstick antics bring much-needed humor to the program. He also adds depth to the team in four-wide sets.

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