By Bob DiCesare
Add Khalil Mack, UB’s standout linebacker, to the growing list of collegiate and NFL defenders who’ve switched to the Bane facemask, so-named because it loosely resembles the mask worn by one of Batman’s arch villains.
Justin Tuck of the New York Giants is credited with the debut model of the Bane, which featured eight narrowly spaced crossbars. The facemask already has evolved to include a series of vertical bars that makes it close to impossible for blockers to get a fingerhold on the device.
“I got it just because the offensive linemen, they like to grab the facemask from time to time, so I grabbed this one just because you can’t get your fingers in it,” Mack said. “It’s a little heavier but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Mack picked up on the trend while watching games on television.
“I was looking at other teams, like Notre Dame, and even like on the next level, the NFL players were playing with it on the line, the pass rushers,” Mack said. “I saw that it could really help.”
Mack did not participate in Saturday’s scrimmage and didn’t take part in 11-on-11 drills the last two days. Neither he nor head coach Jeff Quinn is saying why that is, although it appears nothing more than a precaution. He has taken part in other drills.
“He’s right on track with what he needs to do,” Quinn said. “I think our other guys have benefited greatly. You got to be prepared for all scenarios.”
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