Arguably the greatest spectacle in college football unfolds moments before kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium when Osceola charges down the field atop Renegade, a beautiful Appaloosa, and plants a flaming spear at midfield prior to each home game.
The tradition was born on Sept. 16, 1978, when a student led the football team from the tunnel, riding a horse as the Seminoles headed into battle against Oklahoma State. Jim Kidder and Reo were the original Osceola and Renegade. Since then, six different Renegades and 16 different riders have made the ride and planted the spear, which brings the game day crowd to its feet. Brendan Carter who hails from Calvary Ga., is the 16th different rider.
Bill Durham trained the riders and horses for 20 years before passing the honor and responsibility along to his son, Allen, who was a rider from 1992-1994. The clothing and rigging used by Osceola and Renegade are designed for authenticity and approved by the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida.
Prior to the 2011 season, ESPN’s SportsNation voted Osceola and Renegade the best NCAA Football Tradition in the country. A framed rendering of the spear plant was presented to Bill and Allen Durham during the Oklahoma game on Sept. 17, 2011. That rendering resides in the Moore Athletics Center.
In 2013, Osceola and Renegade made their second appearance at a National Championship traveling to The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to watch the Seminoles claim their third national title. The only other time Osceola and Renegade appeared at a National Championship was 1993 for the Orange Bowl.
|Jim Kidder||Jacksonville, FL||1978-79|
|David Mays||Tallahassee, FL||1980-81
|David Williams||Tallahassee, FL||1982|
|Jeff Ereckson||Tallahassee, FL||1983-84|
|Greg Ereckson||Tallahassee, FL||1985-86|
|Jim Fairfield||Bradenton, FL||1987-88|
|Tom Sawyer||West Palm Beach, FL||1989-91|
|Allen Durham||Tallahassee, FL||1992-94|
|Andy Taylor||Laurel, MS||1995-96|
|Jason Mork||Tallahassee, FL||1997|
|Daniel Kennerly||Bunnell, FL||1999|
|Lincoln Golike||Pilot Point, TX||2000-03|
|Josh Halley||Chipley, FL||2004-2007|
|Chris Gannon||Palm Beach, FL||2008|
|Drake Anderson||Calera, AL||2009-13|
|Brendan Carter||Calvary, GA||2014-present|
|Renegade IV||1999-02, 2005-06
|Renegade V||2003-04, 2007-14