July 18, 2006

Kozlowski more a mountain boy, now

MORGANTOWN--All things considered, this kid would rather be in West Virginia.

And this is coming from a Florida boy.

Scott Kozlowski came onto the scene last season as perhaps the most highly recruited punting prospect in the recent history of West Virginia football.

He placed well in a national punt-off with prospects from around the country and then the Mountaineers took him.

"Now that was pressure," Koz said Thursday at an impromptu press gathering, "kicking before Coach Rod, with a scholarship on the line."

Now, the pressure builds. With the anticipated start of practice in about three weeks, for Kozlowski, a 6-foot, 180-pounder from West Palm Beach, Fla., the stress turns to high blue.

Folk hero Phil Brady is gone, and the job of getting the Mountaineers out of bad field position; putting the other team into a poor spot, or perhaps rolling on his own and carrying the ball falls squarely into the slight guy's realm.

But one thing the redshirt freshman has taken on is a fondness for his adopted town and home state.

"To tell you the truth, when I got here, I didn't know anything about the mountains. I had never seen the mountains," he said.

Kozlowski came from beach country, and then there was the old girlfriend at home. During preseason drills, more times than not, you would find him tucked away outside the Puskar Building on the cell phone.

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