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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

September 02, 2014 07:06 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE Monday's Games

Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3, 10 innings

Minnesota 6, Baltimore 4

Detroit 12, Cleveland 1

Oakland 6, Seattle 1

Kansas City 4, Texas 3

Tuesday's Games

Boston (J.Kelly 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Greene 4-1), 7:05 p.m.

Detroit (Lobstein 0-0) at Cleveland (Carrasco 6-4), 7:05 p.m.

Toronto (Dickey 10-12) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 1-2), 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Noesi 8-9) at Minnesota (Milone 6-4), 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 10-8) at Houston (Peacock 3-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (D.Holland 0-0) at Kansas City (Guthrie 10-10), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (Paxton 4-1) at Oakland (Gray 13-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Monday's Games

Miami 9, N.Y. Mets 6

Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 0

St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4

Chicago Cubs 4, Milwaukee 2

San Francisco 4, Colorado 2, comp. of susp. game

San Diego 3, Arizona 1

Colorado 10, San Francisco 9

Washington 6, L.A. Dodgers 4

Tuesday's Games

N.Y. Mets (Niese 7-10) at Miami (Penny 1-0), 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 7-11) at Atlanta (Minor 6-8), 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (Gallardo 8-7) at Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 7-5), 8:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Locke 6-3) at St. Louis (Wainwright 15-9), 8:15 p.m.

San Francisco (Y.Petit 4-3) at Colorado (Lyles 6-2), 8:40 p.m.

Arizona (Miley 7-10) at San Diego (Despaigne 3-5), 10:10 p.m.

Washington (Fister 12-5) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 16-3), 10:10 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Cincinnati (Latos 5-3) at Baltimore (B.Norris 11-8), 7:05 p.m.

WNBA

CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-3) Eastern Conference Indiana 1, Chicago 0

Saturday, Aug. 30: Indiana 77, Chicago 70

Monday, Sept. 1: Chicago 86, Indiana 84, 2OT

Wednesday, Sept. 3: Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Western Conference Phoenix 1, Minnesota 1

Friday, Aug. 29: Phoenix 85, Minnesota 71

Sunday, Aug. 31: Minnesota 82, Phoenix 77

Tuesday, Sept. 2: Minnesota at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

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