Northern Colorado punter back two weeks after attack

Updated: September 23, 2006, 9:29 PM ET
Associated Press

GREELEY, Colo. -- Less than two weeks after being stabbed in the kicking leg in what police said was a rivalry over the Northern Colorado starting punter's position, Rafael Mendoza returned to the field Saturday to reclaim his spot.

Mendoza booted the ball four times, averaging nearly 40 yards (39.8) per punt, had a season high 58 yarder, and even tried tackling a guy 11 days after the attack left a 3- to 5-inch deep puncture wound in his leg. Northern Colorado lost to Western Illinois ...

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