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Griz Kicker Has Endured Long Road

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On a beautiful October day in Missoula, Griz kicker Daniel Sullivan goes through his warm ups. Like many kickers he grew up playing soccer until a friend introduced him to football in seventh grade.

"One of my buddies was the kicker for our middle school team and I have a competitive streak and signed up late and took his spot," said Griz kicker Daniel Sullivan.

Sullivan went on to have a stellar high school career and committed to the University of Wyoming. He was the starting kicker as a freshman and had a promising future there. Then the summer before his sophomore season Sullivan suffered a stroke. He was forced to miss an entire year and he left the Cowboys team. After rehabbing for a year he got a chance to show his skills for the Washington State Cougars.

"Right before my tryout I blew my ankle out and didn't get to tryout and then I tried to rush it back for a later tryout date and I ended up hurting it again," said Sullivan.

So Sullivan had to sit out another full season. He once again had to put in the rehab work and a week before fall camp enrolled at UM hoping to earn a walk on spot.

"It is really excited because I had been two years out of the game and I just wanted to play again and I was willing to do anything I could to get back on the field so I was just excited to be here," said Sullivan.

After emerging as the teams starting kicker Sullivan found himself in a position he has never been in. Last week at North Dakota with the game tied and only seconds left he had a chance at a game winning field goal, which went straight through the uprights.

"It's one of those things that at the moment you are just so excited for him, I was almost breathless to tell you the honest to God's truth and it was all about Danny and him having that opportunity and being able to succeed at what he'd tried to do after what he'd been through," said Griz Head Coach Mick Delaney.

"Just to end the game on my foot that was awesome, it's just been a long time coming and I'm just excited I get to keep playing," said Sullivan.

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