Going back a couple decades, the defensive line film room was the spot for chaos and laughter. Long-time UK DL Coach Bill Glaser must have had the patience of a saint. His meeting room acted as the headquarters for team jokes, pranks, and all around tomfoolery. Unbeknownst to Coach Glaser, defensive tackle Jerry Bell once used a laser pointer that projected an image of a triangle to reenact a space shuttle launch during a team meeting. On another occasion, a pack of defensive linemen hijacked the team bus intercom system on the way to a pregame practice. Once they successfully took over the mic, they put on a twenty minute comedy show. We laughed till we cried. On most teams, the biggest personalities lie within the defensive line. For UK, this became evident on Media Day.
On Media Day, I traveled back in time to the 80s. I had the opportunity to interview modern day defensive linemen and the only thing that had changed were the names on the back of their jerseys. Same positions, familiar personalities.
Once the conversation began to flow, I was ready to drop the recorder thing and start a bull in the ring drill. Hearing the big guys talk and joke in such close proximity livened up my competitive spirit. One that’s been known to get a little out of hand by the way. Jimmy Brumbaugh could make more money selling a film room reality television show than he could earn in thirty years of coaching football. Matt Elam, CJ Johnson, and Courtney Miggins are comedians. Rather large comedians, but still hilarious jokesters. Farrington Huguennin tried to dial them in. At one point in the interview, I lost all control.
So, watch and listen for yourself. In self-evaluation, I could tell that I was entering adrenaline overdrive when I started chewing gum like it was my job.
Here you go… There’s some very positive stuff about the UK offensive line mixed in the mayhem too: