Dominique Easley is a colorful character.
Florida coaches Will Muschamp and D.J. Durkin refer to him as “unique.”
Monday’s media session was just another reason why.
Easley called Tennessee -- UF’s opponent on Saturday -- his third most hated rival behind Florida State and Georgia, but the session became humorous when Easley stated his hate love for UT’s fight song, “Rocky Top.”
He asked the assembled media: “Do you listen to it? How do you feel about it? There you go.”
But then Easley quickly reversed course and admitted he actually sings the song during games -- simply for his own amusement.
“Something gets so annoying, you gotta make the best out of it,” he said. “[The Volunteers players] hear me. I don’t know if they consider it a taunt, but I just do it for my own enjoyment.”
As for the lyrics?
“Only thing I know is ‘Rocky top. Oh, Rocky Top,’” he said.
Florida’s senior defensive tackle is an enlivening presence -- to his teammates, coaches and media members.
While some (stupidly) scoff at his antics -- he keeps a Chuckie doll in his locker, once rocked a tractor chain while running out of the tunnel before a game and dances as much as Miley Cyrus -- the standout defensive tackle lets his personality shine: on and off the field.
I, for one, appreciate it.
There’s a reason Easley is the heart, soul and leader of the team.
“There’s not a guy that players harder than him in the entire country,” Durkin said earlier this season. “Is he unique? Absolutely. We love that. We tell our guys, ‘Be who you are.’ We’re not trying to change anyone.”
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