B-CU's Jaguars Contingent Leads Port Orange Appearance
June 6, 2012
PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Presenting the stadium banner commemorating his 2002 Buck Buchanan Award wasn’t the lead Rashean Mathis story when the former Bethune-Cookman star and his Jacksonville Jaguars teammates visited Port Orange Tuesday evening. We’re cool with it.
Mathis’ past achievements were honored during the NFL team’s caravan stop, but the future took center stage when he broke the news that he’s been cleared to participate in mini-camp activities next week, a sign that his recovery from last year’s season-ending knee injury is progressing ahead of schedule.
The ten-year veteran got the go-ahead from renowned orthopedist James Andrews late Monday. The actual camp itself isn’t the big deal, it's being able to participate after coming off an ACL surgery.
“It’s huge to be back on the field and being with your guys [teammates],” Mathis said. “There’s nothing like it.”
Mathis enjoyed the teammate thing Tuesday, sharing the stage with retired Jaguar greats Tony Boselli, Fred Taylor and Marlon McCree, now a Jaguars defensive coach. Making his public appearance debut was Ryan Davis, who completed his B-CU career last season.
The Jaguars gave B-CU stage time to unveil the stadium banner honoring Mathis’ 2002 season in which he set an NCAA FCS Division record with 14 interceptions while leading the Wildcats to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship, their first-ever FCS playoff appearance and their largest victory over Florida A&M in 27 years. Mathis was also presented a replica of the banner that will hang alongside Larry Little’s NFL Hall Of Fame banner at the entrance of Daytona Beach’s Municipal Stadium.
Davis had his "rookie moment" at the event, starting a football toss during remarks, but got in two memorable quotes in during Q&A. He noted that an NFL walk-thru is “as fast as college game speed" and delivered the day’s best one-liner when a young fan asked what kind of cars the players drive. The veterans all answered “pick-up truck.”
"I'm still a rookie and haven't cashed that check yet," Davis smiled.