Cozad Gets Seven Years

Greeley, Co – A judge sentenced former Northern Colorado backup punter Mitch Cozad to seven years in prison for stabbing a
rival.
Prosecutors say it was a brutal attempt to take over the
starter's role.
Judge Marcelo Kopcow told Cozad he clearly wanted to hurt UNC
starting punter Rafael Mendoza.
Prosecutors say Cozad ambushed Rafael Mendoza on the night of
September 11th, 2006.
Mendoza was left with a deep gash in his kicking leg but later
returned to the team.
Cozad was convicted in August of second-degree assault but
acquitted of the more serious charge of attempted first-degree
murder.
The 22-year old Cozad is from Wheatland, Wyoming.
He could have faced up to 16 years in prison on the assault
conviction.