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MSU-N Game Day: Hitting Back, With His Foot

Northern senior Sam Tapia was a standout safety in high school, but, in college he's learned to hit the ball with his foot, and a college punter was born


October 19, 2018

Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern senior Sam Tapia was a standout safety when he was recruited by junior colleges in California. But, hitting opponents was starting to take its toll on the San Diego native. Instead of abandoning football though, Tapia became a standout punter, and it eventually earned him a scholarship with the Lights. Now, Tapia has just two home games left at Northern, starting with Saturday's battle against nationally-ranked UM-Western. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Blue Pony Stadium.

When it comes to football, one aspect of the game that is often underrated is the kicking game and even though it's often referred to as one third of the game, its importance can be overlooked.

Well, one person who understands just how important the kicking game can be, is Sam Tapia, who punts and kicks for the Montana State University-Northern football team.

"People always talk about how it's a third of the game," Tapia said. "But sometimes it doesn't get the attention that it deserves."

For his part, Tapia wasn't always a kicker. In fact, during his high school career, in San Diego, C...

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