Wyoming freshman punter Tim Zaleski became an internet sensation during Week 1 of the college football season. But it certainly wasn’t the way he would’ve liked to have garnered attention.
No, it wasn’t a booming kick that had Twitter users posting countless gifs of Zaleski. It was a negative-five-yard punt that, well, is exactly what punters don’t want to do.
In the final minute of the first half of the Cowboys’ game against Iowa on Saturday, Zaleski dropped the ball so far away from him that his right foot could barely touch it. And not long after, he became the subject of countless tweets.
“It is very weird,” Zaleski told Brandon Foster of the Casper Star Tribune. “People were like, ‘Hey, no publicity is bad publicity. You’re famous now.’ I just went along with it, laughed it off.”
You could watch every game the rest of the season, and you might not see this happen again. pic.twitter.com/X8pUGqltbO
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 2, 2017
It was the first college game of Zaleski’s career, so perhaps he felt the pressure to make an impact with the game still close, as Iowa led, 7-3, at the time. But he certainly didn’t exactly do that.
“I kind of rushed it,” Zaleski told Foster. “I caught it wrong and everything and went to get the laces up for my drop, and it just rolled off my hand. …
“Oh yeah, I was nervous. I wasn’t zoned in enough. I just looked at the crowd and everything. Just didn’t focus as much as I should’ve.”
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