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The Weber State University football season is getting under way. Even though the team has a 0-4 start, Wildcat safety Tony Epperson has been setting records on the field that are drawing attention. Not only is Epperson leading the team in tackles on the field as a safety, he is leading the nation in punting, averaging 48 yards per punt.
“When you can punt a ball 60-70 yards, that is a gift,” said WSU Head Coach Jody Sears. “He’s been blessed and he’s very talented.”
Away at California State University, Fresno, Epperson kicked eight punts, averaging 37.6 yards. In Provo against Brigham Young University, Epperson made 10 punts, averaging 50.7 yards per punt. His longest punt was 74 yards. Epperson also made an interception for 25 yards. Against McNeese State University, Epperson made eight punts, averaging 55 yards. In the Homecoming Game against Eastern Washington University, Epperson made three punts, averaging 44.7 yards.
Sears said Epperson is versatile, strong and tough. He can play a little man coverage as well, bringing leadership and stability to the team.
Epperson said he attributes his success to practice and his teammates.
“The guys are making their assignments,” he said. “We watch film, so we know what to expect.”
Epperson’s day starts at 7:30 a.m. with classes. After eating lunch, he watches films of upcoming opponents, goes to football practice and is then off to study. Epperson’s success is not just on the field. The 6-foot-4-inch junior is studying business finance and carrying a 3.9 grade point average.
Epperson said football is everything to him. He tries to go to high schools and encourage young players to enjoy it while they have it.
Having played since he was in the fourth grade, Epperson said he loves his teammates and the family part of football. He said his hard work in the classroom has brought him all of the opportunities he enjoys today. His scholarship and success on the field ties back to the classroom.
When it comes to stereotypes, Epperson is not a fan.
“I’m not a ‘typical’ jock,” he said. “When a professor treats me that way, I love to ace their test, and I am going to ace their test every time.”
Epperson recently added godfather to his roles, his sister and brother-in-law having just made him godfather to their children.
When Epperson is not in the classroom or on the field, the Park City native said he likes to go hiking and be outdoors.