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Northern Colorado punter relieved after attacker found guilty

Originally Published: August 10, 2007
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

University of Northern Colorado senior punter Rafael Mendoza was in the team's weight room Thursday morning, standing under a squat machine, preparing his legs for the upcoming season, when the call came in.

Nearly 11 months after he was attacked outside his college apartment, left with a stab wound in his kicking leg that ran 5 inches deep, the jury had reached a verdict in the case against his former teammate, Mitch Cozad.

Mendoza had fully prepared for this, showing up ...

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