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UCLA punter Matt Mengel ended up in Westwood at the last minute
UCLA punter Matt Mengel ended up in Westwood at the last minute

Fate has always had Matt Mengel's back. The UCLA punter was set to join the Marines after graduating from Gardena Pacific Lutheran High when a friend suggested he try out as a kicker at Los Angeles Harbor Community College. Mengel was then ready to sign with New Mexico after spending a year kicking at Long Beach City College. Then punter Sean Covington flunked out of UCLA this summer. So Mengel is enjoying Westwood, punting for the nation's No. 11 team, instead of rising to reveille or pondering the heat index in Albuquerque. "To sign three days before [training] camp was insane," Mengel said. "I had no clue that this place was even interested in me two weeks...

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