Joey Julius says he once hit a 70-yard field goal back in high school, but the most impressive thing about Penn State’s enormous place kicker has nothing to do with kicking. The Penn State sophomore is listed at 5-foot-10 and 258 pounds, which makes him more of a defensive lineman than a dude who hits the kickoff and makes field goals. So when Julius had the opportunity to tackle Kent State’s kickoff returner during their game on Saturday afternoon, he used his stature to its utmost capability.
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Julius absolutely crushed the Golden Flashes returner, lowering his right shoulder and sending the guy flying off his feet and falling backwards a few yards while Julius stayed on his feet like nothing had happened. It was a huge hit, bigger than most tackles made by, you know, people who actually play defense and make hits for a living—and Julius’s teammates went nuts.
So if you’re playing Penn State and think the only thing between you and six points is some measly kicker who doesn’t want to tackle you anyway, reverse that train of thought immediately before you end up 10 feet out of pounds wondering what the hell happened.