Sean Covington, UCLA’s freshman punter, has a lot to learn.
“I don’t get ‘butterflies,'” Covington said.
Well, they're flying insects. But that’s not important right now.
What Covington claims immunity to are those cold-sweat, night-terror nerves that can accompany a first college game. When he lines up to punt against Nevada in the Rose Bowl on Aug. 31, it will be just another football moment, he says.
"I guess I have a stiff stomach,” Covington said.
He has more going for him than that. Covington averaged 46.5 yards on punts and made eight of 11 field goals as a senior at St. Petersburg (Fla.) High School last fall.
“The first time I saw him I thought, ‘Man this kid is extremely talented,” said UCLA assistant coach Jeff Ulbrich, who handles special teams.