Jose Laphitzondo went from playing club rugby at FIU to punting for the FIU football team. Already blessed with a strong leg but not much punting technique, Laphitzondo has done well in his first college football season.
Laphitzondo (40.4 yards per punt) is 2.5 yards away from the FIU season punting average record held by former Panthers punter Carlos Munera (42.9 yards in 2009). Laphitzondo knew nothing about American football when he started playing earlier this year. He calls the Super Bowl, the "Super Tason". Tason is the Spanish word for bowl and ask him to name five NFL teams and he can only come up with "the Broncos".
But Laphitzondo has been a big help to the FIU special teams in the game of hidden yardage. Plus, the junior is an FIU Honors College student majoring in finance. CLICK HERE to read his story.