A new “Friday Night Lights” movie is in the works.
It will not be a continuation of the TV series, which ran from 2006-2011. So, it leaves us to wonder what happened to all of the show’s characters.
If you haven’t seen the show, there are spoilers beyond this point. It’s been eight years, however, since the series was on the air. So, you’ve had ample time to binge through it at least 27 times like I have.
Anyway, let’s lay down a few rules.
Dillon Panthers star running back Smash Williams ends up at Texas A&M in the show, so we’ll leave him off this list.
A few of the characters such as Matt Saracen and Tim Riggins finish high school during the show, but we’ll include them as to what they might’ve done had they seriously considered football.
I will not go into supporting cast such as Dallas Tinker, Buddy Garrity Jr. or Hastings Ruckle.
So, here’s where I think some of the show’s main characters would’ve fit in best in the Big 12:
Matt Saracen: Baylor
Matt Saracen would’ve been a perfect cultural fit for what coach Matt Rhule is trying to accomplish in Waco, Texas.
He also wouldn’t have been too far from his grandmother — not that proximity really stopped him from going too far from home in the actual series.
Sure, Saracen moved to wide receiver when J.D. McCoy took over for the Dillon Panthers. But Rhule would be infatuated with the quarterback, who would show up for work every day and do his job and probably throw a few 90-yard, Hail Mary touchdown passes to save the day on multiple occasions.
You know, normal stuff.
Tim Riggins: Kansas State
Tim Riggins wasn’t huge on college, but coach Bill Snyder could’ve changed all that. Fullbacks aren’t a staple in most offenses as they once were, but Snyder would’ve found a way to have Riggins on the field for basically the entire game.
His “I don’t care,” physical brand of football would’ve translated well when Kansas State needed to pick up a few yards or a bruiser on special teams to lay the wood. And Riggins would’ve appreciated Manhattan, Kan., as best as anyone could.
probably 100 percent would’ve sneaked on the field during a defensive series and taken a cheap shot at Baker Mayfield after not shaking his hand during a coin toss.
Vince Howard: Texas Longhorns
The glamour of the Longhorns would’ve been too much for Vince Howard to pass up. Coach Tom Herman would’ve had Howard wrapped around his finger. And Howard’s mother would’ve mysteriously had a super nice home ready for her in Austin, Texas.
Sure, Texas is struggling to produce wins, but it’s still landing top-tier talent. Howard would’ve been the crown jewel of a Herman recruiting class. Columns would’ve been written alluding to Howard as the “next Vince Young.” And with any luck, Texas would actually be back behind the craftiness and arm strength of the East Dillon star.
Luke Cafferty: Oklahoma State
Luke Cafferty went under the radar in his recruitment and eventually chose a path other than football. But he seems like a player coach Mike Gundy would’ve found on Hudl.com two weeks from National Signing Day and would’ve gotten on campus within the next few days.
Gundy would’ve loved Cafferty’s blue-collar attitude. The two would have probably spent as much time hunting and fishing as they did on the football field together.
J.D. McCoy: Oklahoma
J.D. McCoy is what I imagine Lincoln Riley dreams about at night. McCoy was not a fan favorite among “Friday Night Lights” viewers, but there was zero denying his arm talent.
McCoy would’ve broken Big 12 passing records in Riley’s system and behind coach Bill Bedenbaugh’s always impressive offensive lines.
Everyone outside of Norman, Okla., would’ve hated McCoy. But Sooner fans are likely used to that by now.