April 14, 2010
The mangled facemask above once belonged to Florida linebacker Dee Finley. At the moment, it belongs to the ages in the Gator locker room, where coach Urban Meyer had it enshrined like a trophy after Finley smashed it up in a particularly violent drill last week. Actually, "trophy" may be a less accurate description than "bloody head of the enemy," given that it forced Meyer to stop practice after the collision to stage a scene out of Blood Meridian:
A reporter asked offensive coordinator/backup head coach Steve Addazio after Saturday's spring game if Meyer would be coaching the team this fall. Because he still plans to pull back a little, right? For his family?
The reporter has not been found, except for his scalp.
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Hat tip: Ben Volin. You can view the entire video - not embeddable, but crackling with testosterone - by clicking here, clicking through the ad and onto the video labeled "Circle Drill 3-31" on the bank of clips to the left. Thanks to the incomparable LSU Freek for the GIF capture. And remember, kids: Never lead with your head.