What's buzzing:

55 Yard Line

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

Neate Sager
55 Yard Line

View photo

.

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.

View Comments (11)
  • Ducks sign ex-Canucks defenceman Bieksa to US$8-million, 2-year deal

    Kevin Bieksa has agreed to terms on a US$8-million, two-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. The defenceman went to the Ducks in a trade from the Vancouver Canucks on the eve of free agency. The 34-year-old who spent the past 10 seasons … More »

    The Canadian Press - 4 minutes 10 seconds ago
  • Raonic cranks up power to beat veteran Haas

    Milos Raonic almost matched the Wimbledon serving speed record against German veteran Tommy Haas as the Canadian powerhouse moved into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday. Seventh seed Raonic, a semi-finalist last year on the west London lawns, … More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 17 seconds ago
  • Artem Anisimov signs with Blackhawks for 5 years after Saad deal

    Artem Anisimov signs with Blackhawks for 5 years after Saad deal

    If that sounds like the kind of player Chicagi GM Stan Bowman wants on his roster, you’d be right: The Blackhawks signed Anisimov to a 5-year deal, $22.75-million contract, good for a $4.55 million cap hit annually. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 4 minutes 48 seconds ago
  • CP NewsAlert:Veteran paddler Mark Oldershaw to carry flag for Canada at Pan Ams

    Veteran paddler Mark Oldershaw will lead the Canadian team into the opening ceremonies at the Pan American Games in Toronto later this month. The 32-year-old Burlington, Ont., native was named the team's flag-bearer today on Parliament Hill in … More »

    The Canadian Press - 14 minutes ago
  • F1 fans want change without gimmicks, survey shows

    F1 fans want change without gimmicks, survey shows

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One fans want change but without gimmicks or knee-jerk reactions to a sport many now describe as expensive and boring, according to a survey carried out with the backing of leading drivers. The Grand Prix … More »

    Reuters - 16 minutes ago