Northern Colorado’s (UNC) former backup punter pled not guilty to stabbing the team’s starting punter. In an apparent attempt to rid himself of the competition, Mitch Cozad of Wheatland Wyoming allegedly stabbed UNC’s starting punter, leaving a 3 to 5 inch gash in his leg. The case drew quick jokes and comparisons to the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.
Cozad is free on bail until his trial in Colorado court July. If convicted, he faces up to 48 years in prison.
The starting punter return to the team two weeks after the stabbing. Cozad was immediately kicked off the team and suspended from the university. The University of Northern Colorado won several Division II national championships before moving up to Division I-AA a few years ago.