Todd McShay, a former Richmond quarterback and current college football analyst for ESPN, gave a pep talk to the Richmond Spiders Thursday on ESPN's College Football Live as they prepare to play James Madison this Saturday.

College GameDay, ESPN's three-hour flagship college football pregame show, will travel to Harrisonburg, Virginia, Saturday for the CAA clash.

McShay, who played two seasons as a scout-team quarterback before suffering a back injury, graduated from Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership in 1999. He has worked for ESPN since 2006, but has never quite had an opportunity like this to be vocal about the Spiders on national television. 

"JMU booked homecoming for Richmond," he said. "Are you serious? We won a National Championship in 2008. Richmond's a better football program, better football team, every single year."

McShay also pointed out that Lee Fitting, producer of College GameDay, is a JMU graduate. "Everyone's trying to stack it up against you here Spiders," McShay said. 

Contact Sports Editor Charlie Broaddus at charlie.broaddus@richmond.edu

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