Gorilla in their midst

Every year NFL prospects flock to Tom’s Shaw’s Orlando based camp before the combine in hopes of being like one of the eight number one draft picks (or any pick really) that he’s trained in the past.

This year’s crop looked promising.

Big? Yes.

Fast? Absolutely.

Tough? Eh, not so much.

All that was needed as proof was a guy a in a gorilla suit jumping from the brush and they turned into a bunch of Costanza’s.

UCF LB Cory Hogue volunteered to be the man under the mask after he overheard Shaw talking to some of the coaches about the prank a few days earlier.

To set it up, Shaw told the guys while they were running sand pit drills that he got a call saying a gorilla was on the loose from nearby Animal Kingdom at Disney.

Once Hogue got the cue, mass hysteria ensued.

Hogue appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” this week with his roommate, and one of the flailing runners — Auburn RB Mario Fannin.

“I was thinking the first thing to do was play dead,” said Fannin. “And then I tried to run away with everyone else but I saw Cory start chasing them so I tried to reverse field in the sand pit – you know, work on my lateral quickness and get away as fast as I could.”

It’s uncertain if that lateral quickness will translate at the combine, but one thing’s for sure – payback.

“His time will definitely come,” laughed Fannin.

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