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King Rises from Duke

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
University of Texas punter Alex King is making an impact early with the Longhorns ranking sixth in the nation in punting.

"I'm just one guy with one job and it's my job to kick the ball as far as I can. It's a pretty simple job."

But this simple job took a turn last year when Alex's father committed suicide during his senior season.

"He was really sick for a long time and had some mental issues and had rheumatoid arthritis.He was an orthopedic surgeon and couldn't work anymore so that was his whole world and if he couldn't work he couldn't help people and couldn't be happy."

At the end of the season King said he felt lost, so he decided to take a fifth year and continue playing football, but Duke didn't have a scholarship for him. That's when one of King's coaches put him in touch with Mack Brown. Ever since King has been looking at life in a different way.

"A lot of people look at that as a terrible tragedy, and yes, of course, it was a big deal but my dad taught me a lot of things. The time I had with him was an honor."

As King goes through his final college football season with the horns without his father, he says he has gained a team full of brothers.

"They mean everything. My teammates here I feel like I've known them for four years it's just been truly a blessing."

King will continue his punting excellence this Saturday when the Horns take on the Baylor Bears in Austin. King Rises from Duke


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Scores & Schedules

August 01, 2014 07:08 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Chicago White Sox 7, Detroit 4

L.A. Angels 1, Baltimore 0, 13 innings

Seattle 6, Cleveland 5

Kansas City 6, Minnesota 3

Toronto 6, Houston 5

Friday's Games

Seattle (Elias 8-8) at Baltimore (W.Chen 11-3), 7:05 p.m.

Texas (Williams 2-4) at Cleveland (Salazar 3-4), 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Shoemaker 8-3) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-1) at Boston (Ranaudo 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota (Darnell 0-1) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 10-1), 8:10 p.m.

Toronto (Happ 8-5) at Houston (McHugh 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Guthrie 6-9) at Oakland (Gray 12-3), 9:35 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Chicago Cubs 3, Colorado 1

St. Louis 6, San Diego 2

Philadelphia 10, Washington 4

Cincinnati 3, Miami 1

Arizona 7, Pittsburgh 4

L.A. Dodgers 2, Atlanta 1

Friday's Games

Philadelphia (R.Hernandez 5-8) at Washington (Fister 10-2), 7:05 p.m.

Cincinnati (Latos 2-3) at Miami (Ja.Turner 4-6), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Vogelsong 5-8) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 5-6), 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 12-6) at St. Louis (Wainwright 13-5), 8:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Volquez 8-7) at Arizona (Nuno 0-2), 9:40 p.m.

Atlanta (Minor 4-6) at San Diego (Stults 3-13), 10:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 1-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Haren 8-8), 10:10 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Colorado (F.Morales 5-5) at Detroit (Verlander 9-9), 7:08 p.m.

WNBA

Thursday's Games

Chicago 87, New York 74

Minnesota 75, Phoenix 67

Atlanta 85, Tulsa 75

Indiana 76, Seattle 67

Friday's Games

Connecticut at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

MLS

Friday, Aug. 1

Philadelphia at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m.

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