Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; Michigan Punter Doesn't Mind His New Notoriety

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; Michigan Punter Doesn't Mind His New Notoriety

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Blake O'Neill is shrugging off the fact that perhaps millions of people probably didn't know who he was last week. "I'm happy to play for Michigan football, the punter said Tuesday night. "You choose to play at the college level, you take the good and the bad.

O'Neill bobbled a low snap, fumbled the ball away and Jalen Watts- Jackson was in the perfect position to return the football 38 yards to give Michigan State a stunning 27-23 win over the Wolverines at the Big House on Saturday.

What were the 72 hours like after the botched punt, a play that has been replayed, reviewed and scrutinized?

"It's been very interesting, that's for sure, O'Neill said. "There's been a lot of support from the Michigan fan base, from teammates and even people back home. It's funny that a game here can get all the way to Australia, but it did. …

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