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‘Young Rock’ hilariously portrays former Miami coach Ed Orgeron in first episode

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College football fans who watched the Tuesday premiere of “Young Rock” may have recognized a distinctiveness – and a voice.

The comedy series begins viewers in 2032, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson campaigning for the presidential election – hey, why not? From there, the episode, titled “Working the Gimmick,” takes a look at Johnson’s formative years, starting with his experience in the world of ’80s pro-style wrestling and moving on to his career. college footballer at the University of Miami.

This is where former Hurricanes defensive line coach Ed Orgeron – played by Emmett Skilton – makes a hilarious appearance.

AFTER: Orgeron showed up to a recruit once at 4 a.m., and it worked

Skilton does a decent job representing Orgeron unique cajun accent, and it was an inspired choice to have it to chew his coffee, given his many notable food feats. (Orgeron in real life has been known to drink eight to 10 energy drinks per day, Once held a living worm in its mouth and probably has ate more okra on the recruiting trail than the average person in their life).

While the portrayal of Skilton may not match the genuine article, it was still a hilarious, albeit brief, caricature of Orgeron. Johnson, who played primarily on the defensive line for the Hurricanes from 1990 to 1994, coincided with the coach for three seasons (the latter coached defensive linemen for the Hurricanes from 1988 to 1992).

Johnson got only one start in his five college seasons – he played behind Warren Sapp – but the relationship he established with his coach was apparently strong enough that they still speak (on Twitter, at least).

The character of Orgeron was not the only one to appear in the premiere; wrestlers such as The Iron Sheik and Andre the Giant have also made appearances. Here’s the character’s next appearance in “Young Rock,” which airs Episode 2 on February 23.


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