Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Univ. of Northern Colorado Punter Stabbed by Teammate!

The University of Northern Colorado's reserve punter was arrested Tuesday, accused of stabbing his rival in his kicking leg. Mitch Cozad, a sophomore from Wheatland, Wyo., allegedly attacked starting punter Rafael Mendoza in a parking lot in Evans on Monday night..Mendoza, the Bears' first-string punter from Thornton, was treated and released from the North Colorado Medical Center Monday night. Coach Scott Downing said Mendoza will not punt for UNC in Saturday's game at Texas State University...Cozad, Mendoza and freshman Zak Bigelow had been in a three-way race for the starting punter's job in preseason training. Mendoza has averaged 37.6 yards per punt on nine punts in the two games so far this season. Cozad is facing second-degree assault charges and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a bond hearing. He was suspended from the team, evicted from his residence and expelled from school..(INFO)
________________________________________________________________ about unnecessary roughness! This is a bit much. What was this dude thinking...."ok, I can stab him in his kicking leg and start on Saturday." It doesn't work like that. This is some Tonya Harding bulls#@*. I guess he found nothing wrong with what she did to Nancy Kerrigan back in the day. I tried to get a pic of the "stabber" but couldn't find one anywhere. I went to the school's website and his name wasn't even on the roster anymore. They must have removed it the second he got handcuffed! Well, I hope that Mendoza recovers well and returns to the gridiron. If Mitch Cozad was reading I'd tell him, " can't go around stabbing people in the leg all willy nilly!!!!" (The pic. below is of Raphael Medoza..the innocent kicker).

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