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Acadia Axemen’s Taylor Renaud takes a football in the face while filming highlight video, hilarity ensues

Neate Sager
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Renaud was the fifth-leading receiver in CIS during his final season in 2012 (The Canadian Press)

Five receivers in Canadian university football averaged more than 100 yards per game last season. But Acadia University's Taylor Renaud is the only one we know of who posted a video of himself getting a ball in the face during a footwork drill that went a little bit awry.

One can almost hear the jury at the Atlantic Film Festival debating their grand prize: "This documentary was compelling and rich, but Taylor Renaud's Football In the Head has a football in the head."

The second-team CIS all-Canadian selection, who is looking for a free-agent opportunity in the CFL, was performing a quick-feet drill in the Acadia gym. It looked like was supposed to go through the obstacles twice and catch the ball. Only his roommate, Edmonton Eskimos long snapper and Acadia alum Mike Benson, threw the ball on Renaud a wee bit early.

The CFL has always been a league that seems capable of not taking itself too seriously. There is little not to like about seeing a wide receiver who posts a video of himself getting beaned titled, "Footwork drill gone terribly wrong." It puts the lie to the saying, "The farther off the ball, the bigger the ego."

Renaud (here's his actual skills video) was a good sport for posting this for all to see. He reportedly was not hurt, save for a small bruise. In the spirit of the thing, here's some of his best bits from his last two seasons, where he helped the Axemen win their conference and reach the Uteck Bowl national semifinal in back-to-back seasons.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to btnblog@yahoo.ca.

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