Inseparable McCaskill twins see life from both sides
When we set out to write about USF's McCaskill twins -- Keith and Kevin -- we saw this week as a game where both would play a fair amount, with a little geographic timeliness since they're both from Tallahassee and the Bulls are playing Florida A&M.
As luck would have it, the McCaskills grew up "diehard" Rattler fans, living just blocks from the A&M campus -- their mother Phyllis is a FAMU graduate, and their uncle on their father's side, Jimmy McCaskill, was an All-American center for the Rattlers in 1969. And their older brother Nevin, who has just missed making a regular-season NFL roster the last few years, played at Hampton, where his head coach was current FAMU head coach Joe Taylor.
A little more backstory that didn't make it into Friday's story -- when Jimmy McCaskill played for FAMU, the Rattlers came down to Tampa in 1969 for a game against the University of Tampa that FAMU recognizes as the first college football game in the "Deep South" between a historically black college and a predominantly white college. FAMU won 34-28 that day at the old Tampa Stadium.
The McCaskills both starred at Tallahassee's Godby High, where their brother and father Nathaniel also played. Their coach there, Shelton Crews, joked about Keith's nonstop motor and how hard he worked to overcome a penchant for jumping offsides. Crews said that opposing offenses knew they would have a handful of first-and-5 opportunities, but also knew they were just as likely to face second-and-long as Keith got his timing.
Bulls assistant Kevin Patrick called Keith "the grittiest player he's ever coached," and offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler said Kevin knows USF's offense as well as any of the starting linemen. They'll have about 15 family members down here Saturday for the game, all cheering for USF of course. ...
(Pictured above: Keith, left, and Kevin McCaskill. Times photo -- Daniel Wallace)